written by Michelle Greenough, Early Childhood Iowa Preschool Quality Coach

As much as all of that wintry white stuff outside your window may hint otherwise, spring is fast-approaching and Spring Break is already upon us.  If you are the parent of a young child or two, like I am, you may be faced with some stay-cation time off of work while your kiddos are taking a break from their studies.  “Thank goodness for the internet, TV, and video games.” you say?  Hold it right there!  Here are some fun and easy ideas that will leave a lasting impression on your little ones and have them begging for more.  (Sorry!)

  1.  Sidewalk Chalk Paint – I have to assume that we will be able to see the concrete once again in the near future so here is a must-do for that day.  If sidewalk chalk is too “last season” and paint in the house has you in a cold sweat, this three ingredient recipe is a win-win!  Not only does it dry quickly, it also washes away from the ground (and skin) easily.  Get inspired and look online for more outdoor art projects!
  2. Pigs in a Blanket – Now, who doesn’t love a good dog?  Children love to get down and dirty in the kitchen, but the too-busy parent in all of us sometimes has a hard time letting go and surrendering ourselves to the process and the mess.  Come on, you can do it!  Check out these ideas for kid-friendly lunches that they can create on their own with just a little help from you.  http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/kids-cooking/children-cooking-kids-meals-can-make/mini-pancake-cinnamon-rolls/
  3. The Science Center of Iowa – When was the last time you came face to face with 47 foot T. rex named Sue?  Field trips have all but disappeared from school curriculum for a variety of reasons so, why not do some exploring on your own?  Not only will you be able to pick where you go, but you will be able to individualize your adventure based upon your child’s interests.  Who knows, maybe you will even learn something yourself!

It really does not matter what types of activities you choose to do with your child, so feel free to stray from these suggestions and come up with something fun on your own.  It really is not about what you do, but about the sweet little people you are doing it with.  Now, hurry up, and go make some memories (and sidewalk chalk paint)!