Posted: Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
There is nothing that makes school children breathe a sigh of relief quite like spring break. Sure, kids love the wonder of winter break and the expansive freedom of summertime, but after two to three months of non-stop school work, with only the odd three-day weekend thrown in, students are ready to kick back and let loose during spring break. How do you make the most of the season? Try some of our spring break ideas for kids, and have a happy break!
One of the best things about spring is that everything is in bloom! Celebrate the beauty of the season with some invigorating outdoor activities that you can do as a family. We love the idea of a spring hike! Hiking is a great spring activity, since it’s usually sunny but still cool enough that your kids will be comfy when they work up a sweat. Family hikes also provide great opportunities for learning. Find a hiking spot at your local national park, beach, or trail by doing an online search. Try packing a backpack full of sandwiches and fruit, or a loaf of bread with cheese and cut-up veggies, and have a picnic once you’ve hiked to a scenic spot. And don’t forget your water and sunscreen!
If your kids are always asking questions, then spring break might be the perfect time to turn their questions into experiments. Take your science experiments to your home garden for some outdoor learning about animals, plants, and more. Try creating some camouflaged animals with your child and teach him how animals keep themselves hidden in flowers, leaves, and trees. Spring is also a great time to go on a search for spiders in your backyard. And since it’s spring, you can even grow a plant or two … in garbage!
Spring break is a great time to learn some new recipes with your kids! Lots of fruits and vegetables are in season in the springtime, including avocados, strawberries, and arugula, so it’s a great time to focus on healthy, produce-focused foods that your kids will love. Visit a farmers market with your child to see what kinds of fruits and vegetables grow near you, and cook simple meals that get you to sauté, roast, or steam. You can even mix fruits and vegetables in one dish for an amazing salad! Need some healthy meal inspiration? Check out our healthy foods Pinterest board for snack and meal suggestions.