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Spring Break Games

mom-son-making- cookiesAh, spring break. If you aren’t going out of town and aren’t signing your kids up for a week-long day camp, here are a few ideas beyond field trips and play dates (both of which are great ideas in themselves, incidentally!)

  • Treasure hunt. We’ll never forget one Easter where we hid the plastic eggs (empty) about a dozen times. The kids simply liked hunting all over the yard. Every birthday party, my daughter wanted the goody bag treasure hunt. We wrapped each child’s things (we tended toward school supplies, a big hit for the cost of pencils, etc.) in different papers and set them loose. Then there’s hiding a beeping sports watch. Hours of fun. Be creative. Let them hunt.
  • Bocce ball. Anyone can be successful at this, especially if you play on an uneven surface, an “equaling” factor. You toss the pallino, the white one. Then you take turns trying to pitch your other balls closest to it. Simple to learn. Inexpensive sets available. Right up there with badminton. Which, by the way, is almost as much fun without nets—more fun if the kids are under five, in fact!
  • Cooking. Here are three great ways to start involving young kids
    • Cracker fish. Put saltines in a plastic bag. Have children smash them with a toy hammer. Add a bit of salt and pepper. Dip fish in milk and then shake the pieces in a bag. Bake or fry. Children will eat fish when they’ve been involved with hammers.
    • Cookies. Whether you buy or make dough, wait until the cookies are on the tray to add the chips or raisins. Then, let your kids press the same number into each cookie. I think six is the minimum, but I’ve heard higher and lower numbers.
    • Pizza. Buy crusts or make the dough from scratch (most bread machines and mixers come with easy recipes.) Purchase the sauce. Get everyone’s favorite ingredients. Let everyone top their own pizza. Great fun, and mom and dad can load theirs with all the things the kids won’t eat.

Jane Kise, Ed.D. – Educational Advisor and Consultant, 
Jane  writes an insightful post every Tuesday for Kidtelligent. Jane is an educational consultant, specializing in teambuilding, coaching, and school staff development. She is also the coauthor of more than 20 books. Jane’s website  is

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