Happy Magical Monday!
Spring break is here! For some of you Queens & Kings (like myself) it’s business as usual. However, you want to find creative ways to keep the little ones active and still make their time off from school memorable!
Take a look at some magically creative ideas for indoor and outdoor fun that is all budget-friendly!
Arts & crafts
Prep for a day of art projects for kids at home by restocking basic arts and craft supplies and rescuing some items from the recycling bin. That way, your budding artists can conjure up amazing creations on the cheap (and free up a couple of hours for you!). Try these:
- Costume creation. Paper plates can easily be painted, cut and turned into masks or shields. And budding fashion designers can turn old t-shirts into capes. All it takes to bedazzle and glam them up is some fabric paint and stick-on gems. Work at the dining table, or pin the material onto an art easel for easy decorating.
- Card shop. Make holiday cards for Easter, Passover or just to wish friends a “Happy Spring.” Hand-made greetings and holiday decor are a surefire way to make loved ones smile.
For some hands-on fun that requires only light supervision and even sneaks in a little learning, turn your living room into a laboratory with some cool science activities for kids.
- The classic volcano. have the kids use molding clay to create their mini mountains Then, all you need is some white vinegar and baking soda to make the lava magic happen.
- DIY slime. This one definitely needs some parent help, but once you’re done mixing up some glue, borax, food coloring and water, they can have gooey gross-out playtime galore.
To really rock your spring break, work with your pint-sized performers to make some homemade musical instruments. After they create their music makers, it’s time to rehearse and put on a concert for the family. Here are a couple to try:
- Shake it up. Whether you place some dried beans in a screw top jar or coffee can, or put sand inside plastic eggs, your kids can create maracas and other rattle-like instruments. Just be sure to tape the containers shut really well to prevent spills. Have fun decorating them, too, with colored construction paper, paint or stickers. They can even create a logo for their kid band.
- Bang the drums. Plastic containers, buckets and old pots and pans with a couple of wooden spoons can easily become a makeshift percussion section. Bonus: You’ll get to check a spring cleaning item — reorganizing your cabinets — off of your to-do list as you repurpose old items.
In your on-the-go life, you often don’t have the time to slow down and incorporate fun kids’ activities. Spring break is the perfect chance to encourage your kids to turn off the tech and observe the world.
- Supermarket “I-Spy.” Errands don’t stop just because it’s spring break, but the fun doesn’t have to either. Challenge your kids to spot something soft, something crunchy, something purple, etc. The winning prize can be choosing a dessert for the night.
- Wildlife trek. That’s a fancy way of saying you’re going to look for bugs, animals, birds and other creatures. Or, create a nature scavenger hunt list with things like leaves, a shiny rock, an acorn, a pinecone, etc.
- Free fun. Local library branches, bookstores and malls often host free events during spring break weeks. See what’s going on in your area. Or, go playground hopping for a few hours — fly a kite, throw a Frisbee, ride bikes and play catch.
Kids today often have to be reminded to partake in outdoor fun, and spring weather is the perfect time to give them a nudge. These games will have them running out the door:
- Fun with chalk. Try a new take on hopscotch by drawing pictures inside of the squares instead of numbers. If you land on a musical note, it means you have to sing a song while you hop; a smiley face means you have to tell a joke, etc.
- Field day. Create a bowling alley out of empty plastic bottles, or a mini golf course using empty cans. Then there’s balloon volleyball, tossing bean bags into an empty bucket, etc. With a little imagination, your yard will be way more fun than gym class.
Hope this helps make their Spring Break MAGICAL!
“We promote Intelligence, Curiosity, Hope, Kindness, Faith, Adventure, and Dreams in ALL of our Princes & Princesses! We are more than just a picture, we are a real life example of pure magic.”