5 Amazing ways to keep your kids engaged during spring break!
Spring break is just around the corner. And I am sure just like me, you all must be having a mixed set of emotions. One side, it feels good to have a relaxed morning routine, after a long tiring school session of many months. On the other side, it gives little stress about how to keep kids engaged during this time?
Here in Pleasanton, we have been facing adverse weather conditions since last 2-3 months. And this thing has restricted our outdoor activities. There is a high possibility that the same thing will continue during spring break too.
Considering this factor, I am planning some creative activities to keep my girls’ engaged during spring break. Sharing the same list with you all to give you some ideas to keep your kids engaged during upcoming holidays.
Here are 5 amazing ways to keep your kids engaged during spring vacation? Read on to know more!
5 Amazing activities to keep your kids engaged during spring break!
Baking/cooking with kids!
I believe cooking is an essential life skill and everyone (irrespective of gender) should learn it. I am fortunate enough that both my girls like cooking. Especially my little one is highly interested in baking. So far, she has learnt many baking recipes and now, this spring break, we are ready to explore and learn some new and healthier baking recipes (Oats cupcake is first in list) for giving a healthier twist to routine baking recipes.
If you have young kids at home, then it is a great idea to involve them in kitchen tasks and teach them some basic cooking skills. It is a great way to keep engaged during spring break.
Read also: #Cookingwithkids: two easy chat recipes that everyone will love to eat!
Home décor and organization
Spring is an ideal weather to deep clean your house and add some spring inspired home décor to your routine set up. This is the best way to bring a new life and fresh style to your home environment. To make the whole agenda fun and exciting, you can involve your kids in home organization. If your child is interested in crafts or DIY, you can make nature crafts or DIYs with recycled items to keep your kids creatively engaged and spend some quality together as a family.
Visit to local library and read together
Reading offers many incredible benefits for your child’s overall development. It helps in improving language skills and enhance vocabulary. Spring break is a great time to visit a local library to check the new additions of books. If your child does not like reading much, then this is the best way to make them familiar with different genres of books and foster a love for reading.
Tie dye or other creative activities as per your child’s interest
Research shows most kids love art and other creative activities. Involving kids in creative activities helps in developing imagination power in kids and nurture their creative skills. At my place, we were thinking to try Tie dye for many months but somehow not get the enough time and opportunity due to hectic schedule in past months. But, now during this spring break, we are committed to making some fun tie dye projects together. Keep watching this space, I will share more updates and details soon, in an upcoming post.
Play online games
Though, I am a creative person by nature and love to teach many creative activities to my girls. But let’s be honest, there are days when you are super tired or just want something easy peasy to keep kids engaged.
My little one loves playing online games and I always assure that she visited trusted web sources to play online games. Recently, I came across mortgagecalculator.org website. The website is primarily a finance website and has amazing calculators for many finance needs.
Additionally, they also offer an incredible collection of money games for kids to teach kids various money and finance related basic concepts and keep them engaged.
We have played many money games from their game section and liked them a lot. Here, I am sharing two of the most exciting games which we liked most.
Grocery cashier is a game where younger children can practice addition and subtraction along with monetary familiarity by operating a virtual cash register.
How to play Grocery cashier?
For playing this game, you can watch a tutorial first to learn the instructions. The first step is to type in the price of the item that the customer is buying. Then, you will click the “plus” button. After that, you will enter the price of the next item the customer is buying. You will then press the total button after you have entered all the prices of the items. next, you will enter the amount your customer has paid.
The customer may give you a voucher if so, you will press the minus sign and enter the voucher amount. The customer might have overpaid. So, you may have to give them some change back. After that you will press done and you will be done with your first customer!
Each customer represents another level of the game. As you play longer the number of items you ring up increases while the time limit for each customer decreases.
Important tips: when entering amounts, you do not need to enter anything after the decimal (In simple words, you do not have to enter the pennies for products which are priced in dollars and dimes). Also, there is a clear button to correct your mistake, if you want to erase the prior input.
Why did we like this game?
This game has both elements: fun and education. Kids love to play games that have elements of real life. They want to explore that kind of practical experience which they observe in their day-to-day life. This game offers that opportunity for kids. My girl loved to add all different items one by one and had a great experience to feel like a cashier while playing game. Moreover, this game is excellent for improving subtraction and addition skills. Kids can brush up their basic math skills while having loads of fun.
Idle money tree
Idle money tree is the next amazing money game for kids. It aims to answer the question “does money grow on trees?” in a fun way and can keep entertained for hours.
How to play this game?
The first step to playing Idle Money Tree is to click on the money bags that appear on your tree. You need to Click rapidly and repeatedly to activate a multiplier bonus which can double or triple your earnings.
Try to click on money bags that float around your screen because they give you additional money. As you gain more money from clicking the bags you can upgrade to increase your earnings. The game offers 5 different upgrades. Sunlight, watering can, fertilizer, fruits and genetic research. If you buy these, you can make more money.
You can select the buy 1x button to switch between buying a single upgrade at a time, 10, 100, or maxing out each purchase with whatever budget you have remaining.
Why did we like this game?
This game is different from other routine money games which focuses on improving math skills. In this game, it is exciting for kids to collect money bags and then, upgrading sunshine, watering can, fertilizer, fruits and genetic research for boost their earnings.
While playing this game, along with money, you can also talk about the environment with kids and can inspire them to keep our surroundings clean. All and all, the game has a unique setting and a special element to keep kids engaged.
Apart from these two, there are so many other games like Cash back, Treeze coins, Bitcoin tap mine which kids can play during spring break. These games are a great way to improve their math skills and teach them the basic concept of money, finance and expenses.
If you are looking for some fun and educational online games to keep your kids engaged during spring vacation, then I will insist you to check this website to explore these amazing, educational money games. I am sure you and your kids will like it and will have a great time like we had while playing these games.
So, these are some amazing ways to keep your kids engaged during the upcoming spring break. What are your plans for spring vacation? Are you planning to visit any tourist spot or excited to learn new skills? Please share with me. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy.
The much anticipated and awaited spring break is here and I just love the offline ideas to make them enjoy this period, but the online games like the grocery store one are pretty enjoyable too.
Here in Bengaluru, summer vacations began last week and this time the school is not offering any summer camp too so it means my son has to stay home the whole day. I was also planning some fun activities for my son to keep him engaged. I will also add the activities you have mentioned in your post.
Vacations are the best time to keep the kids engaged in their favourite activities. Gadgets are now a days their part of life but I always prefer to add some outdoor activity for them.
Holidays are a great time for kids to explore and learn new things, to be creative and have fun too! You have shared some pretty interesting ways to engage the kids. Grocery cashier seems like an educational plus fun game.
Cooking and redecorating is a lot of fun with kids and I love to do it too. Thankfully the weather here is good and we were able to go for outings. Will check out Grocery cashier with my daughter. She’ll like it.
Holiday and keeoing kids busy has become an art now. I really applaud the innovative efforts you make to keep your daughters engaged. Most parents send them to summer classes. I love to do various activities with my grandons and its such fun.
Sindhu Vinod Narayan
Keeping kids engaged during holiday is certainly a humongous task. Not boring them is a criteria to be thought too, we do all the above except for the game. But that looks fun too.
What an apt post Surbhi! With the spring vacations, here in Europe, engaging my two boys without getting into a tiff has been a task. We do bake/cook together to keep them occupied and Ayaansh loves visiting library and spending his time there. Thank you for sharing these informative games that also imparts learning. I shall check the link you have shared and play the game with him.
Keeping kids busy is a big task, I am glad you have shared these activities which is certainly going to help many parents like me.