15 Ways to Keep Kids Active During Spring Break

Ways to Keep Kids Active During Spring Break Little Girl Picking Flowers

 

 

Finding ways to keep kids active during spring break is important. Spring break is something children and teens look forward to for a long time. Most schools have winter break for holidays, but there is not another long break until spring.

You can find some creative ways to keep kids active during spring break and plan something for each day that the kids are out of school.

Spring is the perfect time to let the kids out of school since the weather is getting nicer and nature is blooming. But parents have a different outlook on spring break. Parents may appreciate that their kids get a break from going to school but that also means kids will need something else to do.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep kids active during spring break. We can work together to find fun ways to keep children’s minds active as well as their bodies. You can find some creative ways to keep kids active during spring break and plan something for each day that the kids are out of school.

Ways to Keep Kids Active During Spring Break Little Girl Laying Against a Tree Reading

Ways to Keep Kids Active During Spring Break

Take a hike. If there is a trail nearby, go there; if not-explore the neighborhood and seek out areas that you?ve never been to before.

Camp out in the backyard. Put up the tent and barbeque dinner outside and sleep in the tent. If that isn?t an option – clear a space in the house in a less used room and build a fort there with sheets, blankets, and sleep there for the night.

Dance! Turn on the radio and start dancing to whatever song is on:-)

Listen to new music. Find an age-appropriate channel on a device and search out music that they haven?t heard before. Perhaps introduce them to classical music if they?ve never listened to it before, or music that you enjoyed as a kid growing up that they might not have heard before. Turn the tables too and listen to their music that they enjoy so you have an idea of what they like. 

Draw their favorite animals. If you have pets, get out photos of the pets and put them up and have kids draw from the photo.

Ways to Keep Kids Active During Spring Break Kids Playing Outside in Grass

Planning Makes Easier

For all of the activities, it helps to make a list of supplies needed for each activity. This will help you to determine what is possible in your particular environment/neighborhood. You can also make the choices a game in and of itself by putting each possible activity on a separate sticky note, folding them up, placing them into a jar and have each person choose a sticky note out of the jar.

Another way to make it fun is to take each of the sticky notes and put them inside of a separate balloon. Place the balloons into a large trash bag and then have each person choose a balloon and pop it to find out what the activity is.

Make a list of Top 3?s. Top 3 things that make them happy, top 3 things that make them sad or grumpy, top 3 things they want to do before they graduate, top 3 songs or books, etc.

Color in a coloring book. An outlined coloring book is good if no one can decide what to draw; for the ones that like freedom – a blank piece of paper is best so there is a creative flow with freedom to express themselves. 

Relaxation is good. Find a comfortable place and relax and/or listen to a guided meditation for 1 or more minutes, then sit in silence for another 1-2 minutes.

Make a sidewalk drawing with washable paints. They can leave a message for the mail person, delivery person or a friend or relative that might be stopping by.

Plan a treasure hunt with a fun prize (a special dinner, a present, a reward).

Ways to Keep Kids Active During Spring Break Little Girl Holding Up Yellow Flowers

The More the Merrier

All of these activities can be done within your own family units; yet we all know that it can be more fun with more people. If possible, reach out to the neighborhood parents and see if they want to participate and/or help and join in.

These games and activities can also be done with other family members and/or friends in a virtual way if a live setting is unavailable. Each family/friend unit would set up the lists and/or activities with the same guidelines, choose which activities and then set up a time to FaceTime, zoom or Whatsapp the other family or friends at a predetermined time.

This adds a bit of variety and allows other people to participate even if they are in a different city or area.

Discover new plants in the area. Research what plants/trees are in your area and see if you can find them while out exploring or on a walk. The library is a great resource for plant/tree identification.

Cards are classics. Learn a new card game and play with the kids or plan to have their friends over for a game or two.

Clean up the yard. Assign separate duties and have the kids come with you to the store to pick up necessary supplies and materials. Plan a special treat or snack upon completion so the incentive is high to complete and carry through the projects.

Have a spa day at home. Pull out makeup, nail polish and large basins/bowls for soaking hands/feet in warm, soapy water. If makeup or polish is not an option; the soak will feel good especially if planned after a messy or long day outside.

Do nothing. Let the day happen organically and sleep in, relax, chill and rejuvenate.

Ways to Keep Kids Active During Spring Break Family of Kids Standing in a Field

Active Traditions

All of these ways to keep kids active during spring break can be used any time of the year (barring weather conditions of course), so keep the lists handy and for the ones that are favorites – find special ways to make each time a unique and special experience for anytime of the year and any season of the year.

One fun thing to do to keep this tradition going is to journal about the experience. You can make a family journal that everyone can add to whenever they want and have all write at least one word, sentence and/or paragraph about each event.

Then save for the next time and continue to add on. You can even take photos and/or videos to document each event and save that in the family journal too. Then you will have created a family tradition and have a journal keepsake to pass on to the generations.

You can find some creative ways to keep kids active during spring break and plan something for each day that the kids are out of school.

 

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