Ah, Spring Break is upon us. If your family is not one of the thousands Orlando-bound over these next two weeks, then chances are you may be in need for some kid diversion techniques to help you and your children alike make it through spring break with minimal casualties.
Luckily, the internet abounds with tons of kid-friendly project and activity ideas, ranging from super-simple to may-require-a-trip-to-the-store. Here are 11 that caught my eye.
1. DIY Temporary Tattoos using a gel pen. Nice and cheap and much more creative than just slapping on one from the dentist’s office. (Original source: http://www.wikihow.com/Create-
2. Color-by-Number printables for the older-kid crowd. Or maybe their parents. Coloring is incredibly relaxing. (Original source: http://www.reading-with-kids.
3. “Paint” with crayons on hot rocks. You have to be a bit careful with this one, but the final result is pretty cool. (Original source: http://naturalmommie.com/2012/
4. Lego Maze. Much, much better to have the legos on a board in maze form than on the floor waiting for you to step on them barefoot. (Original source: http://de-tout-et-de-rien-
5. Nature Scavenger Hunt in the backyard or at a park. For bonus points, use the found objects for a follow-up collage or art project. (Original source: http://www.thetaylor-house.
6. Trampoline Man Hand. Could it get any simpler? (Original source: http://fairieslove.tumblr.com/
7. Jellyfish in a Bottle. Also a nice “soothing” tool to hand to a kid who was put in time-out. (Original source: http://www.thecraftycrow.net/
8. Gel Glue Batik. Admittedly the most involved of the bunch, but look at the end result! (Original source: http://ourcreativeday.
9. Tension Rod Hallway Tent. I’d cut some corners and just throw an old sheet over the rods, sans extra decorations, and call it a more rustic “fort,” but hey. (Original source: http://www.ikatbag.com/2012/
10. Small-scale Catapult made with items from around the house. Set up some targets and hand over some pom-poms or mini-marshmallows.
11. Miniature 8-page book from a single sheet of paper. Once you’ve mastered this, stock your purse with a stack for restaurants, too. (Original source: http://browse.deviantart.com/?
Happy Spring Break! Now go draw that Trampoline Man on your hand… you know you want to. (To see and easily repin these ideas all in one place, head over to our Kids’ Activities board on Pinterest.)