Our Spring Break started off rough. We got back in town from Mike and DeDe's at about 10 pm Sunday night. I came up with this
incredibly unrealistic plan of doing all the laundry (including cleaning out Lilly's closet) and cleaning the whole house on Monday so that we would have the rest of the week to just play and have fun. This. Did. Not. Go. Well. For every one thing I cleaned, my house-bound-due-to-weather children created at least 4 messes. It was a cycle of frustration. For all of us.
Then Tuesday morning I had to take our two girls to a check-up and despite our early morning appointment we were still at the doctors office for two full hours. With four children 5 and under. In a confined space. With other people. It was as glorious as it sounds. And as well behaved as they all were my nerves were shot.
Okay...this is where I need to put a little disclaimer...the remainder of this post has LOTS of Pinspired activities. So...because of this...let me share my heart on the whole Pinterest activity thing. This. Is. My. Thing! I have a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. I got that specific degree because I love kids and teaching and these kinds of activities. I love preparing them and I love doing them with the kids. Let me assure you that Matt is the BEST daddy I know and he has never (not once) prepared any type of Pinterest activity for the kids. He does not enjoy it. And that is FINE. He does quality time with them totally different--he takes them to the movies, goes to get ice cream, plays in the backyard with them, goes on walks, plays catch. And that is all just as awesome because that is HIS thing. And the kids love us both the same. Except Lilly. She announced yesterday that Daddy was her favorite person in the family. So while you scroll through these activities please know this is just my way of having some fun with my kids and sharing what I love with them.
So without further adieu here is a nauseating amount of Pinspired things that we did on Spring Break. And any tips or real life reactions of the kids while doing them.
this counting kite activity. There are 10 kites and each one has a different number on it (1-10) and the kids added that number of beads to the string (I used a pipe cleaner cut in half.)
They were both very proud of their finished work.
this mini-dot dinosaur printable that we used to q-tip paint.
We also made these cute C/Caterpillars. I have a circle punch that I used to punch out all of the circles. This was a really quick/cute activity.
marshmallow bunnies. If my tongs wouldn't have been at school we would have practiced using tongs with this, too.
And then my good man surprised me by stopping at Sam's Club and getting me these. It is the little things like this that just let me know that he gets me. Spring Break? Activity 1000? Coffee? Yes please! (:exploding sidewalk paint. They had so much fun making it before they even knew what it was. Ha!
blog I got this from it says you want a thicker liquid but for us it worked much better with more vinegar and it very liquidy.
hopscotch. I used the necklaces and they were barely big enough for the kids so if you are going to do this you may want to put two necklaces together.
ring toss. I put two bracelets together. You can do that or one necklace. Or use the bracelets and a bunch of bottles for a bottle-type ring toss. (You know where you just try to get it around the top of the bottle??)
bowling. I learned that you can jut use empty water bottles--no need to keep any water in them.
two clear plastic cups and put a glow bracelet between them. (Tip. I got my clear cups from the dollar tree and they were too small so we had to tape the bracelets to make them smaller so next time I would just buy bigger cups.)
So there you have it. Our fun and activity filled Spring Break. (: We ended up having a really great week and I am so thankful for the quality time with these sweet littles!