Spring break is almost here and for those of us who have school-aged kids, it could mean frustration. I am currently twenty eight weeks into my final (I swear) pregnancy. The weather here in Mississippi has been warming up and my nesting instincts have kicked in. I have been cleaning house and organizing baby clothes non-stop. While this is usually a good thing, I didn’t imagine having six kids cooped up in my clean house for a week! With that in mind, I have created a list of activities to keep me sane, kids busy and make a good spring break for us all.
- Plant flowers or a garden. I love planting things in the spring. My little ones seems to enjoy picking out their own seeds and joining in too. Pinterest has some cute ideas for fairy gardens too.
- Go bike riding. Riding around on bicycles with my older brothers is how I spent the majority of my childhood springs and summers. It’s not only fun, but great a exercise too.
- Have a picnic. You can have a picnic in your own backyard or go to a local park. Have the kids make their own sandwiches or snacks and have them clean up afterwards.
- Tell scary stories. This one is more for the rainy days where everyone is stuck indoors. You might be surprised with some of the things kifs can come up with!
- Crafting. Have the kids help craft something you’ve had pinned to your pinterest board and never got around to. Messier crafts like painting are best done outdoors.
- Board games. There are a ton of new and cute board games out there nowa days. Have your kids pick one out and everyone gather around the the table for some non-screen game time.
- Chores. This idea may not always be the most fun, but it will help your kids remember to stay on top of their messes. The quicker the chores are done the faster the fun can begin.
- Library. A visit to your local library can be a ton of fun. Let the kids pick out their own books. It serves as a bonus for something for them to read (or be read to) before bedtime.
- Dollar store. This idea can be seen as a big treat. Let each of the kids have a five dollar limit at the local “everything is a dollar” store. What they pick out could open up more activity ideas.
- Hide and seek. You can do this inside or outside, but I think outside is more fun. If you’re worried about running or rough-housing indoors you can change up the game. Each person can take turns hiding a favorite toy or object in one room and let everyone else try to find it. (It is almost like training for finding those always missing shoes!)
Whatever your plans for spring break are, I hope you enjoy it with family. Children only stay small for a short time, these are days to make some memories. Shut off the tv and devices and get out there!