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Simple Spring Break Activities for Kids

Spring break is a fun opportunity to do some extra activities with your kids. If you are a parent, you may wonder how to entertain your kids during time off school. We made homemade playdough, played with sensory bins, enjoyed yogurt ice pops and more!

Easy Homemade Playdough

My girls love playdough and glitter. We made homemade glitter playdough eggs just in time for Easter. This sensory dough recipe doesn’t contain salt, which is a plus in my opinion. Salt preserves homemade playdough so we can play with it later, but it also dries out my kids’ hands. I swapped out some of the traditional playdough ingredients for alternatives such as conditioner and cornstarch.

Easy homemade playdough glitter eggs

Playdough Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup hair conditioner
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp. cream of tarter
  • food coloring
  • glitter

Playdough Instructions

In a medium pot, mix together the water, hair conditioner, cornstarch, flour and cream of tarter until fully smooth.

Cook the mixture over medium heat until the mixture thickens, continually stirring.

How to make homemade playdough

The heat will cause the mixture to become dough, which will dry out the longer you cook it. Once the dough pulls away from the sides of the pot, remove it from the heat.

Allow the playdough to cool. Divide the dough into portions to make colored playdough. Knead a few drops of food coloring into each portion of dough.

Finally, roll each ball of playdough in glitter and enjoy!

DIY glitter playdough eggs kids activity

Homemade playdough glitter eggs are such a fun way to celebrate Spring! I rolled each ball of playdough in glitter and let my kids play with them. The cream of tarter gives this homemade playdough a stretchy consistency and the conditioner smells nice and gives the dough a moisturizing feel. No salt means the playdough won’t dry out my kids’ hands. As kids play the glitter will get mixed in to create shimmery playdough.

Themed Sensory Bins

My kids LOVE sensory boxes. I often create a combination of play sand, miniature creatures and cool accents for my kids to play with and discover. You can easily make your own sensory bin using these ideas for interactive play!

DIY sensory bin creative kids activity for homeschool

Make Your Own Sensory Bin

Sensory Medium: Fill a medium sized storage box with play sand, kinetic sand, beans, split peas, pom poms or water beads.

Colorful Accents: My kids love discovering treasures in their sensory bins. Add an assortment of beads, jewels, tiny toys, ribbon, crystals, marbles, lego blocks, acrylic shapes, and small foam shapes. If kids are younger than 3 years old, be careful to not include choking hazards. Toddlers will need to play with bigger sensory bin items.

Characters: Also add small animals, dolls, characters, and miniature creatures. Kids can set up pretend scenarios in their sensory bin. Create a prehistoric world or design a Frozen kingdom with Elsa and Anna!

Decorative Extras: Finally, add sticks, leaves, tiny trees, small plants, and rocks to a sensory bin. Decorative extras are fun way to create a tiny world for your sensory box characters and creatures.

Already have your own box but need some ideas? Check out these themed Discovery Box kits that come with everything you need to create your own sensory bin for kids!

Yogurt Layered Popsicles - Mommy Scene

Yummy & Healthy Snacks

My kids especially love snacks, on Spring Break or any day of the week. Our favorite healthy snacks include smoothies, popcorn and finger food. Here are 20 of our favorite kids’ snack ideas.

1. Smoothies – blend together 1/2 cup berries, 1 banana, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, a pinch of spinach, and ice until smooth

2. Fresh blackberries & raspberries

3. Cubed mango & pineapple

4. Dehydrated apple slices & banana chips

5. Mixed nuts

6. Yogurt parfaits – top vanilla Greek yogurt with a spoonful of fresh berries and granola

7. Air-popped popcorn with melted butter and sprinkle of salt

8. Homemade kale chips

9. Cheddar cheese and wholegrain crackers

10. Veggie Straws

11. Hummus + pita chips

12. Brie cheese, maple syrup & pita chips – bake/heat the cheese until warm and gooey

13. Quesadillas – sprinkle cheddar cheese onto a tortilla and fold it in half, warm until the cheese is melted

14. Veggie sticks and Ranch dressing

15. Sliced bananas and peanut butter

16. Olives and feta cheese

17. Healthy homemade gummy bears

18. Fizzy fruit ice pops

19. Homemade yogurt ice pops

20. Grapes, cherries, and raisins

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Healthy Snack Ideas for kids

Make Paper Character Puppets

Paper character puppets are easy to make using almost any coloring page. You can easily print off favorite characters from the internet, color them, and transform them into cute character puppets! Kids will love putting on a puppet show for daddy.

Make Paper Character Puppets Spring Break Activities

Turn Spring Cleaning into a Game

Teach your kids how to clean up for spring by organizing their rooms and donating unwanted toys. Also identify outgrown clothing sizes to make room for new warm weather fashions. Kids will benefit from learning how to clean and de-clutter. I try to set the example for my kids and show them how to organize.

Make Paper Character Puppets Spring Break Activities

Related Post: Organize Kids Clothes for Changing Sizes »

We hope Spring Break is a fun filled week for your family. Even if you can’t go anywhere special, just connect with your kids each day and make some fun memories.

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Sensory sparkle playdough, DIY character puppets, and discovery boxes



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Susan Hartman
Susan Hartman
3 years ago

I love all these ideas! The glitter dough. the themed play day. My granddaughter would love it.

Mary
Mary
3 years ago

Thank you for the kids’ ideas and the play dough recipe

Bethany S
Bethany S
3 years ago

All these Spring activities look like so much fun! The coloring pages will be perfect for an April Shower kind of day!

Casey
Casey
3 years ago

What a great selection of activities for littles! Love the homemade playdough eggs!

Maria deRosario
Maria deRosario
3 years ago

I love the sensory bin.. also haven’t introduced my son to play dough yet but looks like I will after reading this. Saved and sharing on my page tomorrow.

Cindy Smith
Cindy Smith
3 years ago

Easter and Spring time are such great times to make crafts. I love this page and your ideas, everything is so energizing! You inspire me and t/y

Kayla O
Kayla O
3 years ago

My son loves playdough! I will have to make the sparkly one as it looks like a lot of fun!

Amila
Amila
3 years ago

I really like these ideas. My son will like these ideas,specially if I plan pretend playing activities with him. These days,he is so much into imaginary play!

Brittany
Brittany
3 years ago

These are all so much fun! That sparkle playdough looks awesome, and we love making sensory bins! I love the themed play days too!

LeAnn H
LeAnn H
3 years ago

My granddaughters would like to make the sparkly playdough eggs.

Elizabeth V
Elizabeth V
3 years ago

I love the variety of ideas here. Even a movie! I was expecting a long list of complicated crafts, LOL. One or two crafts is great but a movie is a good activity too once in awhile 🙂

Rae
Rae
3 years ago

Love these ideas! I work with children providing ABA services – these are great ideas for families to manage being cooped inside with the kids all break! I will be sharing this post with my parents 🙂

I LOVE making sensory bins with my kiddos too!