"Mom, is today a school day?" Lucy asks. It's so hard to explain why there haven't been any school days this week. She is familiar with missing it on the weekend, but her universe is rocked by being out for five whole days. It's time to break out the unexpected to keep all of us going. Here are a few ideas for small and busy hands.
Animal Hospital Hit up the dollar store for cheap bandaids and bandages. The brighter colors and more the better. Pull out a button down collar shirt in your closet to make the doctor feel official. Let your little one "treat" every stuffed animal in the house. This is always a hit with my four year old.
Frozen Grape Drop It's healthy and fun! Freeze some green or red grapes in your freezer. My kids prefer red. (You may want to cut grapes in half, as whole ones can be a choking hazard for young children.) From a standing position let the kids try to drop the grapes into a jar. You can use a bowl for younger kids. Place the bowl or jar on top of a placemat, so you can eat the grapes that don't make in after. This is the yummiest treat.
Musical Painting The spring weather makes this activity perfect to do outside. Bust out the paint and drag your easel or just a roll of butcher paper outside. Choose three very different types of music and instruct the kids to paint to the flow and rhythm of the type of music and sounds they hear. It always make for some interesting art.
Shaving Cream Share Use an under the bed storage box to make your very own sensory table just like at school. A can of shaving cream can provide a serious amount of sensory fun for squishy hands. Add different drops of food coloring to add to the fun.
What are your ideas for little kids this spring break? What keeps your kids busy and happy? Do share in the comments.