A Week Off School: Activities to Keep Kids Busy Over the Spring Break
The March break is upon us... what will your kids do with a week of free time? Some families will travel, and other kids will go to camp., but some will have an opportunity that happens less and less with all the scheduled activity of day to day life. If your kids are home this week, here are a few ideas for taking advantage of a chance to really play.
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Who'd have thought there's so much science in a pint of whipping cream? Make homemade butter or ice cream, then switch to sugar and make rock candy... fourteen fun activities that demonstrate basic science principles right in your own kitchen.
A quick, easy-to-do whimsical craft to create six safari animals that are pretty enough to display and sturdy enough for play.
Still mostly a colouring activity, but these books also offer bonus digital effects. Each book comes with a special colour to add dazzle to your digital picture, and each colouring page has its own unique animation. But the best is giving your character a tour of your own world.
A superbly designed electronic interface to enhance classic hands-on play. We especially love the WOW-like Newton app, and appreciate how the Tangrams and Words games make these activities so much easier for kids to play independently. Masterpiece is a free new app for your Osmo device - launched March 12, it is an excellent drawing tool that helps kids hone their fine motor skill while they sketch impressive pictures.
Make a cozy fleece blanket that will keep you warm on these still snowy nights. Great round the campfire next summer, too. There's no loom and everything is pre-cut, so it's super easy to do.
These pre-cut pattern pieces with lacing holes are ready to sew together, making this a quick, easy craft. A step beyond a simple lacing toy, these projects provide an opportunity for kids to see how flat pieces go together to make a little stuffed 3D friend.
They're like Sticky Mosaics for older kids. We love the handy tool that helps kids grab and position these tiny foam pieces. Older girls may also want to try their hand at making some Pixel Art Jewelry (8+, The Orb Factory). Instead of self-sticking foam cubes, tiny plastic gem-like tiles are placed on a see-through sticky base to make charm-like creations.
We're super impressed with this soap-making kit! So many inspiring ideas to introduce young crafters to a creative new hobby.
An Easy-to-use mini greenhouse with raised indents for the pots to ensure good drainage, and a roof with funnels to to keep water dripping at a slow enough pace it won't cause channeling. A great project to help kids get a head start on the garden.
A banana piano... a play dough game controller.... Makey Makey turns almost anything into a keyboard for your computer. Elegant in its simplicity and limitless in its possibilities, we love how this kit encourages kids to think outside the box and realize the limitless potential of electronics.
All of the gridlock-navigating satisfaction of the original Rush Hour brain teaser, now in a two player game - with the added challenge of a shifting board.
Love how this excellent idea book breathes new life into your LEGO bricks! The instructions are easy to follow and offer explanations of the physics behind how the contraptions work. Fun AND enriching.