It’s that time of year again! Many schools are on winter break, and spring break is just around the corner. Unless you’re taking a vacation, that means a completely open week for you little ones. But don’t worry; there are plenty of crafts and activities to keep them entertained over break – and here some ideas!
Activities for Preschoolers
Do you have a little artist at home? Let them use their skills with coffee filter painting! It’s simple, can be done quickly, and there’s little clean up. The idea is simple. Buy some paint dabbers, lay craft paper across the table, put coffee filters on top of the paper and let your child dab away! When you lift the coffee filter, they’ll have a beautiful, colored pattern.
Are you looking for something a little more educational? You can teach your child shapes by letting them mine for them. Fill a large plastic box with black beans, make multiple cutouts of a few different shapes, hide them in the beans, and let your child search for them using tongs. There’s nothing better than an activity that’s both fun and educational.
This one might require a little more help from you, but this color book is a free printable that will teach your child colors in a fun, interactive way. You and your child can look through magazines and sales papers to find items that are the color of your page, then cut them out and attach them. You can jazz up your pages with cutouts and stickers in the same color.
Activities for Children 5–7
Just look at the picture; your little one will have so much fun zig-zagging and crawling through this laser maze. It’s simple, and will provide hours of fun. Cut strips of crepe paper and tape them to the walls in a hallway, creating a maze for your children to climb through.
Put all those extra buttons in your sewing kit to good use with button art. This painting project is fun and will look great hanging on a wall. You can start the kids off by having them paint a tree or flowers, or just let their imaginations run free.
Everyone loves flubber! It’s colorful, squishy and super fun. The great part is that this recipe is based on things you probably already have in your pantry.
Activities for Children 8–10
I remember making these with my mom as a little girl, but we never turned them into jewelry. Perler bead jewelry is a fun, stylish craft for your fashionista! With so many patterns and colors, the possibilities are endless.
You probably know about knitting, but what about finger knitting? That’s right, knitting can be done with just your hand! While your children won’t be able to whip up a new winter hat, they’ll have a blast creating these knitted strips.
Tie-dying t-shirts has been a kid favorite for years, but it can get a little messy. Luckily, you can get the same effect in a simpler way with a Sharpie tie-dye shirt. All you need to recreate this look is a white shirt, plastic cup, some colorful sharpies and a bottle of rubbing alcohol.
Activities for Children 11–13
We all have so many pictures with nowhere to display them. Solve that problem for you tween with a trendy clothespin photo hanger. They can personalize it with their favorite colors, initials and Washi tape.
Color is the way to most kids’ hearts, and colored salt art is no exception. Your child can color the salt by rolling sidewalk chalk over it (how easy, right?). Then, they can fill a container with the colored salt to create a pattern. They can make vases, bottles or even a cute desk decoration like the one above.
Creating your own piece of art instills a sense of pride. Whether your child is a natural artist or not, geometric canvas art is a fun, easy masterpiece! All you need is a canvas from the craft store, some acrylic paints, painter’s tape and a paintbrush. Let you child tape a pattern across the canvas, and then paint the white spots that are left. After it dries, peel away the tape to reveal a sleek, modern piece of art you can hang on the walls at home.
Which ideas caught your eye? Do you have other crafts or activities your children like to do during school break? Let us know about them in the comments section.