With spring break just around the corner, many students and their families are most likely looking forward to the much needed break from the stress of the school year.
If you’re staying home for spring break, it dooesn’t have to mean a week spent vegging out in front of the TV or iPad. Instead, these electronic-free spring break ideas can keep the whole family engaged and occupied – without relying on technology to have fun.
1. Start spring gardening
Whether it is a few potted herbs or a large flower garden, spring break is the perfect time to start planning your spring and summer gardening projects. Have kids research different seeds and plants, create a plot or plan for the garden, make a list of the supplies they will need, and get started on the digging and planting. A day trip to a local greenhouse or plant nursery can serve as a fun way to do research and get information on the best plants for your home.
2. Find a project kit
Jewelry, soap, art, models, candy, and more—there are virtually unlimited options when it comes to craft and activity kits for children. Find an age appropriate project kit that take between five and ten total hours to complete. An in-depth project can be worked on a little each day and be finished by the end of spring break!
3. Have a scavenger hunt
Rain or shine, indoors or outdoors, a scavenger hunt can get kids up, moving, and having fun! Simply create a list of items to find, divide into teams, and start searching. Out of ideas? Websites like My Kids Adventures [http://www.mykidsadventures.com/scavenger-hunt-ideas/] have premade scavenger hunt ideas for indoors, at the park, in the neighborhood, on a road trip, and more.
4. Get in the kitchen
Most kids love helping in the kitchen, and spring break is the perfect time to let them get creative. Work together to research recipes, plan a special meal, or make a treat that takes more time than the busy school year allows. Give older teens extra responsibility by sending them to the store to shop for the ingredients they will need.
5. Other ideas
There are plenty of other electronic-free ways to spend spring break. Volunteering, having a dance party, going on walks, playing board games, building an indoor fort, and visiting the library are just a few more fun and easy ways to spend your spring break!