Your kids have been anticipating the upcoming spring break holiday with the zeal of a pack of hyenas circling a hen house. But if the economy has you planning a "staycation" for spring break this year rather than the traditional getaway to warmer climes, RedPlum has five activities to keep your little darlings' behavior from descending into "we're bored, what can we destroy now" territory.
Activity 1: Fun With Flowers
If spring hasn't exactly sprung in your area, make some fanciful blossoms of your own to enjoy. These button flowers are inexpensive and easy, plus make perfect from-the-kids presents if you've got any family birthdays coming up. When you're finished they get tucked into the soil of your yet-to-flower blooms.
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Activity 2: Picture Perfect
A picture is worth a thousand words, but a camera is priceless when you incorporate the family fun-saver into spring break frolicking. Has the family digital camera been collecting more dust than memories since Christmas? Tune up your photographer's eye by playing tourist in your own city or town and create a photo essay of your favorite places, activities or daily routine. Compile a list of places, things or activities to photograph and take the morning to shoot with kids in tow. Be creative with perspective!
When you've gotten all of your shots, make a book using a desktop publishing tool such as iPhoto to show-off your creative handiwork in the afternoon. This activity can be adjusted to include younger and older children alike by adding or cutting back on sites for your photo essay.
Activity 3: A Makeshift Summer Day
Depending on where you live, "spring break" may come at a time when you're still months away from enjoying the deliciousness of a lazy day at the outdoor neighborhood pool. But you can celebrate the impending warmer months by planning an outing to your county recreation center and its indoor pool facilities.
Pack sandwiches, fun snacks and a change of clothes and pack the taste of summer into a day at the indoor pool. To make this even more fun for the kids, ask them to pretend that they're heading to the beach in the dead of summer. What would they need to pack? What sorts of games would they want with them? Creating the aura of make-believe around the outing will make it all the more fun for your crew.
Activity 4: Bird's Nests for Beginners
A baking activity that's as easy 1-2-3 can easily fill an afternoon, and help get kids acquainted with the joys of cooking. The sweet treat "Bird's Nests" are easy enough for little fingers to put together and are in keeping with spring themes.
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Melt peanut butter and butterscotch morsels together over low heat. Stir in corn flakes and mix until coated. Drop corn flake mixture by rounded tablespoons onto waxed paper and chill in refrigerator. Complete your bird's nests with jellybeans.
Activity 5: Easy Decorative Mugs
Here's the thing about many of the crafts you make with your kids: after a while you've got nowhere to put them! But this craft will have the lot of you cooking up a craft that's useful as well as fun. Painting porcelain mugs is a rewarding activity that makes kids feel like they've created something that's a big deal.
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When you're ready, lay the mug on its side and apply glaze with a brush. Let the painted mug air dry for 24 hours. Set the glaze by baking the mug in a preheated 325 degree oven for 35 minutes.
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