Happy April, Happy Poetry Month, and Happy Easter & Passover! This past week, I had the opportunity to guest blog on Danielle Knight's blog, Study All Knight. I wrote a post about how to make poetry a little less grueling with 7 steps! Check it out!
If you are like me, I had this past week off for Spring Break; however, I do know some of you have this upcoming week off. Yay! I am very lucky because the weather was outstanding, and my son, Joe, and I had a chance to spend a ton of time outside in the 70 degree weather.
I am sure many of you are beginning to plan out your week, and asking yourself, "What should I do with my kiddos during the break?". We don't want them to be glued to the boob tube, IPads or their devices, so what else can they do? Here is a list of things my son and I did that did not cost a lot of money, and we enjoyed our time together.
1. Two Hikes in the Woods: Take your children for a nature walk in the woods! We went to a nature preserve about five minutes from us twice this past week. This beautiful preserve offers a few different trails varying in mileage. We packed up Yale, our black lab, and we hiked the mile trail through the woods. Joe used his imagination and created fairy/troll houses in the crooks of trees, we looked for bugs, cool rocks, and any other fun finds (I also got some much needed exercise!).
2. Paint: I bought Joe some small canvases from Walmart and let him paint away on our table in the backyard.
3. Chalk Creations on the Driveway: I had Joe create friendly images and nice notes for the passing cars. In his creations, he drew a friendly "Happy Easter" sign, eggs, smiley faces and other adorable 7-year old art.
4. Ride Bikes: Last year, Joe was a bit leery riding his bike (he is a cautious kid). This year, two-wheels is a breeze, and we biked miles around our neighborhood. During our bike rides, we would make up stories on where our bike riding adventures would lead.
5. Trampoline Park: If the weather is cold or dreary, do you have a local trampoline park near you? We have Sky Zone very close to us, and what a way to expel some energy if you cannot get outside. We went over to Sky Zone with a friend and jumped away!
6. Local High School/College Games: Joe is in love with lacrosse, and he plays it three times a week. During the break, our high school played a rival team. We decided that we would go to the game and root them on.
7. Quality Time with Friends: I am sure you agree, but during the regular school year, it is hard to get together with friends and their kids. We made it a priority to see Joe's Godmother and her kids, as well as some other dear friends.
8. RELAX: Don't forget to relax. Being home is sometimes more crazy than working. Remember, it is called a break for a reason. Treat yourself to something you have been wanting. Get some much-needed rest and relaxation.
I hope this a helpful beginner list for you for the next week. Just some food for thought as you begin planning. I hope you have a wonderful week!