It’s that time of the year again, March Break!
So, I thought it would be smart to compile a list of inexpensive activity ideas to keep the kiddos entertained.
A part of me wants to avoid planning out our entire week, which is something I would normally do. Instead, I’m going to attempt to be a little bit more… spontaneous. Ha! I’m not one for spontaneity, but having a flexible plan and a list of activities in my back pocket can’t hurt.
Here are some of the activities I’ve jotted down so far:
Build a Fort. And not just any ol’ fort. Make it big. Super BIG! With blankets and pillows. And a door. And while you’re at it, make a window! Then, spend the rest of the day doing activities IN the fort. Have a meal (fort picnic, anyone?), play a board game or, better yet, NAP with the kids in the fort! You’re welcome.
Make a meal together. Or, make a meal on a stick, together! Everything tastes better on a stick, right? Grab some fruits and veggies, cut them into cubes and skewer away! And if you’re daring, add some cheese and sausage cubes too! Mmm…
Build a giant city. On the floor. With painters tape. I have to admit, this is one activity I’m very eager to try with the boys. Then grab a couple of monster trucks… or dolls (I don’t think we own a single doll) and go to town! Literally. If you’re kids aren’t into cities, why not make a giant maze? I think we’ll do both.
Take a walk. Grab the kids, bundle them up and let them run off some of that never ending energy. While you’re at it, play eye spy, make a scavenger hunt or even your own obstacle course. Have them run around some benches, jump over the cracks on the sidewalk and touch a couple (or ten) trees.
Camp indoors. There’s nothing more fun than putting up a tent, indoors! And like the super big fort, spend your afternoon IN the tent once it’s up. Read books, munch on some skewered snacks, have a pretend campfire and sing some songs. Kumbya!
Do chores. My kids really enjoy helping around the house. They enjoy folding blankets, dusting our shelves and racing the clock to tidy up their toys. They especially love turning everyday chores into games. Like throwing their socks into a basket and matching them all or dumping everyone’s clothes into a pile and taking turns finding their own clothing.
Have a family dance party. This is something we do almost daily. It’s an awesome way for kids to release their energy and for me to burn off a few calories. Our current favourite dance song is “Better When I’m Dancing” by Meghan Trainor.
Have some quiet time. I try to give my kids at least 30 minutes of quiet time everyday to play independently. I find this not only helps maintain MY sanity (it’s crazy how loud 2 little boys can be!) but the boys tend to interact a lot better with one another after playing separately for a time. We have also given the boys iPads for quiet time while they play and listen to Bible apps [our family’s favourite Bible apps will be my next post!].
What are some activities you plan to do with your kids for March Break? I would love to know so I can add them to my list!
Happy Friday, Friends 🙂