Spring break doesn’t have to be a family vacation away from home – a vacation can be made right at home with different themes each day to keep the kids engaged and having fun. In this article, AlpharettaMoms.Org explores craft ideas, games and other ideas to occupy the family without having to spend alot of money by going out of town and maybe the kids will even learn a new hobby or skill!
Cooking Day Pick several easy recipes and teach the kids to cook, help in the kitchen, set the table and clean up. Not only do they learn something new in the kitchen but you are helping to build their confidence you show that you trust them to make something easy and on their own in the kitchen. Help build your child’s imagination as well. Ask for your child’s input on recipes and let them know some things can be substituted. If they don’t like broccoli, maybe carrots will work instead! A few recipe ideas are pasta with vegetables, kabob night (chicken and veggie kabobs with fruit kabobs and salad). (colored popcorn from http://ameaningofoptimist.blogspot.com/2011/10/give-your-kiddos-fun-snack-of-colored.html)
Project day. Do you have a project the kids could help with around the house? Have you been meaning to finish staining the deck, painting a room, or organizing a closet? Now may be a good time to change the look of your child’s room by moving furniture around, framing their artwork, painting and organizing their closet. We recently rearranged our son’s room and painted. It is amazing how much bigger his room looks by simply moving the furniture! Another idea includes making a scrapbook of pictures or of your child’s artwork.
Craft day Use Michael’s or JoAnn’s coupons and purchase a canvas for your child to paint on. They can put their hands or feet in paint and then on the canvas or make their own creative masterpiece. Our boys each have a canvas of their hands in their room and its a nice keepsake! Paint a pot and purchase a spring flower for your child to water regularly and watch grow. Pinterest has numerous kid craft ideas (many of which I have pinned on my Craft board). Some ideas include: paper daffodil straws, cardboard tube spring bee, no-sew felt flower bracelets or felt animal faces on clear glass jars.
Volunteer Day Give back with your time. Volunteer opportunities are available through Jump in to Give (jumpintogive.com) and possibly through your church or local charity. Jump in to Give was recently organized by the owners of the local Sky Zones who want to make a difference in the eyes of youth. JITG’s nonprofit partnerships allow youth to volunteer and give their time to help those in need.
We hope you have a wonderful, safe, fun and creative spring break whether you travel or stay home. This article can also be read in the March 2014 issue of North Fulton Family Life Publications.