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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Clifford the Big Red Dog Science Series: Food Science (3+, The Young Scientists Club)

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.

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My First Fun Felt Safari (3+, Creativity for Kids)

A quick, easy-to-do whimsical craft to create six safari animals that are pretty enough to display and sturdy enough for play.

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Crayola Color Alive (4+, Crayola)

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.

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Osmo iPad Gaming System (6+, Tangible Play Inc.)

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.

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Deluxe Easy Weave Fleece Blanket (7+, Creativity for Kids)

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.

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Macramé Terrarium (7+, Creativity for Kids)

As crystal clear as glass, this eye-catching spherical hanging planter is actually made from kid-safe plastic. Fun and easy to do, it makes a great growing activity - wonderful for getting a head start on spring.

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Sew Softies™ (7+, The Orb Factory)

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.

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Pixel Pops™ (7+, The Orb Factory)

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.

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All-Natural Spa Soaps (8+, SmartLab)

We're super impressed with this soap-making kit! So many inspiring ideas to introduce young crafters to a creative new hobby.

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LoopDeLoom (8+, Ann Williams Group)

Similar to traditional stick weaving, but specially designed to make the weaving go a lot faster. We love the wide variety of appealing projects you can make, especially when attaching multiple units to weave wider pieces.

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Get Growing Green House (8+, SmartLab)

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.

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Makey Makey: An Invention Kit for Everyone (8+, JoyLabz)

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.

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Rush Hour Shift (8+, ThinkFun)

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.

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TombQuest (8+, Scholastic)

The newest in Scholastics computer-enhanced mystery book series. Book of the Dead, the first book, is in bookstores now. So read it during the school break, because book two - Amulet Keepers - is coming in May.

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LEGO Chain Reactions: Design and Build Amazing Moving Machines (8+, Klutz)

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.

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