Spring is in the Air!

Yes I said it.  The flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and cows are calving.  The beauty of the season is blossoming.  With the change in the air and time the sound of children becoming more energized grows as spring break approaches.  Now we get to find ideas on how to entertain our children without the fighting and arguing that usually results from ideal time.  How do you keep children with a wide range in age all entertained at the same time? 

 Redbud Blossoms early spring

Redbud Blossoms early spring

I personally have three wonderful children ranging from 6 to 10 years old.  Guess what; no matter how wonderful they are they still get annoyed with each other when they don’t have something to occupy their minds or bodies.  Every season there is the time I get caught off guard as their interest changes and they become bored quickly.  In the past I have done a schedule for every day but by the end of the week I get tired and start slacking on the activities and schedule.  I have found the noise level elevates as children fight over who is going to sit on what chair.  This spring break I am going to try something different.  I hope my ideas help you with the time you have with your children resulting in memories and fun. Here is a list of 7 ideas for the 7 days of spring break.

1: Go outside and find a pile of large rocks and let each child have chalk to color every nook and cranny.  This means a 10 year old will more than likely create a picture where a 6 year old will find the patterns.  The chalk makes less of a mess and once they finish with one rock they can move on to another and by the end they have enough colorful rocks to make a small rock border.

2: Create a treasure hunt together and then go to a local park or trail and try to find everything listed on each other’s list. Another idea would be to create a grocery store treasure hunt.  Make sure you let your children put in their ideas even if they are odd or make no scenes for the end goal.  Have fun and be creative.

 Looking for bugs!

Looking for bugs!

3: Create a paper spring tree garden.  Yes, a paper spring tree garden.  Gather up some newspapers or mailing ads and magazines then make some paper flowers, tree trunk, squirrel tail, leaves and paper eggs.  Just have fun and you don’t have to paint it but I am sure the children will want to paint.  If you have more than one child try delegating based on difficulty of creation. An egg is just a lopsided ball where a flower might be more difficult.

4: Create fairy house.  Yes I know I am not the first one to think of this idea but can you tell me what child doesn’t like to be outside trying to find things at a smaller scale to build a stick house, table, chair and all.  I am sure there are boys who would want to engineer the house where the girls would want to create a fairy garden for outside the house.  At the end of the day you might have a town as long as there are plenty of sticks, leaves, acorn tops, moss and long grass.

5: Create a miniature golf course in your back yard.  I am sure you have old party supplies, sting, sticks and paper.  Be creative and let the little ones take the lead.  Let them tell you what to do.  You pull out all of the supplies and ask them how to create a course then find a ball of any kind and have fun.

 egg hunt

egg hunt

6: For the girls have a picnic.  Let the older ones make the menu based on what they know how to make and make the food.  Let the younger ones create the picnic invitations and decoration.  You let them tell you what to do again.  If the kids are in charge you will see they will work together and fight less if you tell them they are all in charge and have to find a way to work together and they are your boss.  Then after the picnic has ended have them do the clean-up and don’t go behind them to fix their work. 

7: Now of all the ideas most of them were outdoors centered but what to do on a rainy day.  Well a movie-a-thon of course. This is one we do at least once a month just because it is fun.  We stock up on popcorn, Kool-Aid, soda (for the adults), candy, and movie stuff.  Then we chose a movie series such as Ice Age, Garfield, Lord of the Rings, X-men, Spider Man, etc.…  This is a great time for cuddles and a time to reflect.

I hope this list gives you some great ideas.  I have tried some of these over the years and others are just some I have thought of and would love to do this spring break.  If you try any of them comment below and let me know how it goes or post any ideas you might have for your babies spring break.