In a couple of weeks my kids will have their annual one week Spring Break from school. I always look forward to this break. It’s so fun to have a break from the school routine and spend time together, but sometimes the kids can get a little stir crazy. Where I live winter lasts well into April so Spring Break isn’t always “springy.” 🙂 I started brainstorming some things the kids and I can do together while on Spring Break, and as usual all of them are FREE!
- Board Games: I love to buy board games at our local thrift store for a couple of dollars a piece. I love playing games, and it is so fun to play them with my kids. Some of their favorites are Clue, Sequence and Apples to Apples. I have bought each of these in perfect condition used.
- ABC Day: Have an ABC Day. Every once in a while I will tell my kids to choose a letter and we try to plan the day around that letter. For the letter R we might eat Raisins and Red apples, play Ring around the Rosies or have a Race, and we would do an art project based around the letter R. My kids have a lot of fun trying to come up with different ideas based around the letter.
- Picnic: If it’s warm enough where you live go for a picnic at a park. If it’s not warm enough just lay a blanket down on the living room floor and picnic at home. Your kids will love getting to eat somewhere other than the kitchen.
- Crafts: There are a lot of Spring related crafts on pinterest. Find a fun one to do with your kids.
- Ice Cream in a Bag: No need to go out for ice cream, you can make it at home with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. There are a lot of recipes on pinterest to look through. My kids love getting to customize their own ice cream with chocolate and sprinkles.
- Family Movie Night: Let your kids stay up late one night watching a movie together as a family. Pop some popcorn and enjoy a few other treats. Check out your local library for free movies you might not have seen yet.
- Library: Whenever my kids have a day off from school we always end up at the Public Library. They love getting to check out some books that they can’t always find at their school library. Check out my blog post all about the great resources the library offers here: 10 Ways using the Public Library will Save you Money
- Bake: My kids all love to help in the kitchen. Find a new recipe you can all try out together. Our favorite is ALWAYS cookies!
- Nature Walk: If you are one of the lucky ones with a warm spring break go outside on a nature walk. Bring a sack with you and collect different rocks, pine needles and pine cones. Once you get back home admire everyone’s collections.
- Start your garden: If you love to garden Spring Break is a great time to get those little seeds started indoors. This is so fun to get the kids involved with. Watching those little seeds sprout is so fun and exciting for the kids (and me!).
- Friend Day: Plan a play date with a few of your kids friends.
- Spring Cleaning: This might not be your kids most favorite activity, but we always have a few items of Spring Cleaning I try to get done during Spring Break and my kids are lucky enough to get to help me with that. 😉 😉 It is a good way to get them busy and occupied.
- Make Slime or Play Dough: Slime is all the rage these days. We tried it out for the first time a couple of weeks ago and loved how easy it was. There are many tutorials for it on pinterest. If your kids aren’t interested in slime, make some play dough. You can find our favorite play dough recipe here: Our Favorite Play dough Recipe.
- Paint Rocks: Collect some rocks outside and bring them back home to paint them. Paint a fun design on the rock, or paint an animal (we love turning ours into ladybugs). So easy and fun!
- Science Experiment: Do a fun science experiment with your kids. Make a volcano with baking soda and vinegar or try out our favorite Magic Toothpick Experiment.
It does not need to cost any money to make special memories with your kids. All they want is time and love. I hope you have a fun and frugal Spring Break!