Butterflies flew, a cool breeze blew, warm rays of the sun reflected in the calm waters of the lake behind the house. It was the spring break, the little boy and his friends were getting restless and creating havoc. His mom was at her wits-end, with the bubbling energy of seven children bouncing off the walls. She decided to channelize this energy into constructive ideas. She thought of an outdoor barbeque lunch and camping for the boys, a visit to the zoo or museum, a round of baseball and maybe even gardening. Since he was interested in photography, she had purchased a tiny camera for him to experiment. She thought of exploring the neighborhood or maybe going for a hike in a nearby forest grove. If the weather was to get dull, she thought of indoor pastimes, like making ice cream and hand painting. The weather proved to be great and they did manage to do what was planned. The children were blissfully ecstatic, tired and peaceful at the end of the holidays. The mother was happy as well, as children of these days are too accustomed to the lifestyle of indoor video games, ‘Playstations’ and ‘X-Boxes’. It was good to get them out in the fresh, warm spring air. During any holiday summer, spring or winter, it is best to keep children active in a way that will utilize and enhance their creativity, imagination and abundance of energy. In addition to being fun for all, it also helps in building character and personality at a young age. Read on to learn more about spring break activities for kids, providing memories that they can cherish for the rest of their lives.
Spring Activity Ideas For Children
Outdoor Sport or Games
One of the best ways to spend holidays is to play a game of baseball, volleyball, swimming or other physical sports. Maybe you could arrange for professional coaching classes for your child, based on his/her interest in a particular sport.
Hiking or Camping
Nothing is more exciting for children than to stay in a tent. Explore a local campsite nearby or convert your backyard into one. Camp equipment for children is easy to find. For a child, having his / her personal sleeping, tent and other camping gear will also give him/ her a sense of belonging and responsibility.
If your children show interest in hobbies like photography, painting, drawing, and other crafts and arts, encourage them to join classes for the same. You could also create an encouraging environment at home, in the garden or the patio, where they can relax and enjoy their creative freedom.
Expose your kids to various arts and crafts, like origami, pottery, clay sculpturing, gardening and other activities, which will help them learn, while having fun. For instance, children love gardening. You can get gardening tools for them, which are safe to use. Innovative ideas like creating private, secret places in the garden, where they can plant flowers or vegetables, make it more enjoyable. To add a touch of education to fun, teach them how to make compost and make them understand the use of making one. Visits to local gardens or parks will surely be an added fun thing to do.
Should the weather be not suitable, many indoor activities can be planned. Hand painting, coloring, drawing and card making are favorite fun activities. Making cookies, cakes or ice cream are also activities that children love to do. Reading is another thing that will be good to inculcate, with either story telling sessions, having the children read to each other or encouraging them to build their own story.