Spring Break is upon us and children will be out of school for a whole week. Time spent at home might be a bit unnerving for parents. Children get bored easily when they don’t have anything to do, so it is in the best interest of parents to find fun and educational activities to keep children’s minds busy. Here are a few suggestions that will add learning as well as entertainment to your week with your children.
1. Go toward the water: Many families pack up their car and head for the beach, lake or river for some sun and fun. At the beach, playing in the sand isn’t just for small children, every age child can participate. Besides creating your own sand sculptures and building sand cities, you can collect shells, seaweed, driftwood and rocks for craft creations the next day and it’s always fun to look up shells are found and what animal used it for a home. There are also boat models you can build and float in nearby lakes and rivers which help children’s imagination.
2. Visit a museum or science center: Wherever you live, there are Exploriums, museums, aquariums, zoos, farms, or science centers nearby to visit. Many places include hands-on displays and the learning is immeasurable especially for children under 14. Find one day during your week to make a visit and be sure to pack a lunch. Your children will love it.
3. Attend a concert or play: Music has a positive effect on children at any age and studies have shown that music can benefit their cognitive abilities. When classical, jazz, easy-listening rock and roll or country hillbilly music is played it catches your attention and makes you happy as well as feed your brain. Find local music in your area such as park concerts, festivals, downtown city events, restaurants or even playing music at home with dancing and singing. It’s a fun activity and nourishes children’s brains. Most theatrical performances include music as well and have the same benefit as a concert.
4. Read to your children: Children up to twelve years-old loves to be read to by anyone. There are book series for 10 to 12 year-olds, such as The Little House on the Prairie, Wrinkle in Time, Hardy Boys, American Girls, Nancy Drew, Magic Tree house and more. For younger children, there are infinite amount of books at the library to read every day of spring break. Reading has phenomenal affects on children’s brain development and opens a whole new world to their imagination.
5. Attend art classes: Another great activity for any age child is art. Whether its crayon coloring, chalk drawing, painting, paper mache or mosaics, art projects are a great way to show some creativity. You can also check public libraries, local civic centers or art centers for day classes especially if you wake up to a rainy day.
The week of spring break doesn’t have to be boring. Find fun, educational activities for your children and see how they blossom.