Spring Break is officially here at 3 PM today. I have a love hate relationship with Spring Break, it’s similar to Christmas Break: I love having my kids home with me, being able to do whatever we want. On the flip side: The word “Bored” is tossed around like a basketball with Harlem Globetrotters. And then when Boredom sets in, the bickering and fighting takes root. In an effort to combat the dirty word this Spring Break I have come up with some activities in Fighting Boredom During a Staycation. So here are my requirements:
- Not long in planning and prepping. These activities are not going to take days to plan or prep (prep for 1 hour for an activity that takes 30 seconds-been there done that, I’ll pass).
- This is a Staycation for a reason. Saving money is the name of the game.
- All 4 of my kids ages 9-2 and both boys and girls must be able to participate.
This may be challenging-especially by the time I get to number 3. I am MOM, HEAR ME ROAR!
Staycation Activities to fight Boredom
- Beach Day outside: kiddie pool, sand box, hula skirts and fruit drinks. I already have most of this and my kids are obsessed with the beach. So, this should suffice. Of course, beach day is not complete with a water gun or Sponge fight. That will keep them REALLY busy. We can at least pretend we are at the beach.
- Forts. Outside, inside, every-side. Whatever. My kids favorite thing to do. It keeps them occupied for hours on end.
- Take a walk. Well, I say this. But my kids fight me on this normally just at home. However, there is a spot they love to go that’s only a mile or so from here. So, we will just go explore that.
- Roast marshmallows. We live in the country-this is their favorite thing to do.
- Out door movie night. This is super simple. All you need is a projector and a blank wall or sheet. Wait til dar, and let the “walk in” movie begin. Complete with popcorn and junk food.
- Help someone. Find an elderly person or a neighbor and help to clean up their yard. We’ve had tons of storms lately, this will not be hard. I may randomly drive around and find a house to do this to.
- Cook together. My kids love to eat (Don’t all kids?) I am going to make a Chex Mix Easter combo that everyone gets to dump stuff in. Then decorate a Styrofoam cup with permanent markers. Scoop it up.
- Crepe Paper Laser Maze. This will be awesome. I have Crepe Paper stuffed everywhere. I may even let them make their own in their rooms or we will do it in the hallway. This will be perfect for a rainy day. Nothing says fun like a big ole’ mess!
- This will be my crafty activity for the week: Make a bouncy ball then go outside and bounce it. I actually have everything for this: Borax, Elmer’s Glue, and Cornstarch. This will be a “ball”.
- Play Do. Play Do creation contest. Play Do mess contest. That’s what my two year old will play. But it’s fun for everyone!
- Dodge ball. Kickball. Any kind of ball.
- Nerf Wars. That’s a given. This happens quite often at our house. And it’s always a favorite. But, we may involve the forts for a special treat, inside.
- Make a movie. My kids love watching their dad in his homemade movies. This is the perfect time to do it.
Alright. Here is my attempt at creating a fun-filled week that doesn’t completely wear me out. Ya’ll when I had one to two kids, and I was in my 20’s, I would craft for days. I mean, it was crazy. Yes, I used to teach elementary school.
Now, in my mid-30’s with 4 kids, I’m just not the spring chick I once was.
What are you planning on for Spring Break? I would love more tips or fun ideas so make sure and leave me a comment!
Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”