Healthy, creative spring break ideas for kids
Skipping a big family vacation this spring break? Don’t worry. Here are 37 creative spring break ideas for kids to do with your children when they are home from school in a few weeks.
These parent-tested activities will be fun for you, too. In fact, a growing body of research suggests that when parents are bored, stressed or tired, kids pick up on it. So if a week of arts and crafts sounds boring and stressful to you, don’t do it!
Organized by family interest, here are lots of creative spring break ideas for kids that will keep your kids – and you – happy and busy throughout the whole break.
Have your kids been asking for a pet? Why not paint a bird feeder with them to hang outside of your kitchen window? If your kids also love cooking, try making these heart-shaped bird treats to hang on a tree in your backyard. They will love watching the birds eat the food they put outside for them. Added bonus: If it’s still cold outside, your kids can enjoy watching nature from the comfort of their warm home.
After the bird feeder is up, do some bird watching together, or take a nature walk to see what other animals you can find. Bring a paper bag along and let your kids collect nature treasures along the way. When you get home, make a nature collage.
Music and more
Rainy day? Make some homemade maracas out of cups and coffee beans. Put some tupperware on the floor for your kids to use as drums, and use old paper towels rolls as microphones.
Why not also make a Spotify or Pandora playlist of the music you used to love to listen to when you were a kid? Or if there is a musical instrument you used to play, like guitar or piano, sit down and play it with them. You could also take up a new instrument together – there are hundreds of free lessons on YouTube.
For the little Michaelangelos
Channel your child’s inner artist – in the bathtub! Spring break is a break for you, too. So take a break from the mess that your kids leave behind after a finger painting session in the kitchen and move to the tub. Purchase some bathtub finger paints or make your own together. You’ll end up with a clean kitchen and clean kiddos.
Bring your kids to the park and let them do chalk drawings with friends. Want something a little bit different and special for spring break? Make this erupting sidewalk chalk paint.
If your kids are social butterflies
If your kids don’t care what they are doing as long as they are doing it with friends, make some special playdates with friends whose parents you enjoy spending time with. Have a themed party for them and their friends: have a Frozen–themed pancake breakfast, or a Daniel Tiger-themed scavenger hunt around the house.
Go to the playground for a playdate. See if you can find a local indoor pool (some hotels offer theirs to visitors if you don’t have a local gym or community center) and go on a swim date to gear up for summer. Offer to watch one of your child’s friends one afternoon, and have them watch yours the next.
Activities for bookworms
Go to the library and pick up some new books. Read them in a fort or tent that you build together. Visit your local bookstore for story time. Provide them with a blank paper booklet and let them write their own story.
Are your kids up for a staycation adventure? If they like trains, why not take them for a ride on public transportation? It may seem mundane to you, especially if you use public transportation to commute. But they will love “playing adult” and riding around town on a big train. Make a day of it by watching some Thomas the Train, and then going on an adventure together.
If your kids can ride bikes, go on a bike scavenger hunt around your area. Make a bingo card of the things you hope to see: dogs, birds, a school bus, etc., and check them off as you bike around town.
Little chefs, big appetites
Kids love traditions. Continue one by baking a favorite family recipe together, or make up a new one. Make smiley-faced rice cakes with peanut butter, shredded carrots, raisins and more – or rice cake animals. Encourage your kids to take a break from the rules and play with their food. Take an ordinary day and make it extra-special by matching snack time with your activities. For instance, if you took a nature walk today and are going to look at the stars tonight, make a starry night scene with rice and cheese. If you went to the aquarium in the morning, follow the visit with these silly pear penguins.
Stay hydrated throughout the break
Don’t forget to hydrate during your spring break adventures! By making sure you and your family drink plenty of water, you will have the energy you need for a week of fun. Visit Healthy Human to find the perfect water bottles for you and your family and for daily health hacks. #takeitwithu.
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