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If you think you might here the dreaded phrase “I’m bored” this spring break, as promised, here are some ideas for activities to do with your kids.
1. Cook with your kids
Trust me this takes patience, especially if they’re little, but it can also be a good teaching tool. You can teach them about their senses by letting them smell spices, give them a taste or let them lick the beaters, smell the food cooking, listen for the timer etc. You can also ask them to count how many cups you put in the bowl, dump them in and mix for you. Yes, it can get messy but that’s what makes it fun. Plus in the end they will get to see the fruits of their labour.
2. Read together
It’s a perfect opportunity to steal a cuddle and spend some quality time together. If your child knows how to read have them read to you.
3. Play Alphabet bingo
My daughter was so proud when she came home from school to tell me she won 2 games of Alphabet Bingo at school. She then explained to me how you play. The cards they used were made up of letters of the alphabet and the teacher just said the sound of the letter. The kids then had to mark their cards if their card had that letter. There are so many variations you can play. You could also say a word and have them try to find the first or last letter. Pick up some little prizes from the dollar store to give to the winner.
4. Make a sock puppet
Most people have a pile of socks that don’t have a match and keep them in the hopes of finding the match. For some reason this rarely happens. You can use those socks and any ones that have holes in them to make sock puppets. If you have enough of them you can put on a puppet show after.
5. Spring Clean
I know this isn’t exactly fun but if there is a reward involved those little hands are often eager to help. Have them help you clean out closets and donate old toys and clothes to charity. My brother got his 3 year old to help decide what toys to give away by saying they need to make room for new toys that he’d get on his birthday. The little guy was more than willing to give up some toys and offered up a bunch of toys! Also kids love to spray and wipe so give them a spray bottle of water to spray and wipe things.
6. Build a fort
Kids love forts. When I have some work to do or am trying to make dinner I sometimes make a fort under the kitchen table. My daughter sometimes asks to sleep in there. I don’t know what it is about forts but kids love em.
7. Get outside
Kids love to play at the park, draw with chalk, go for a nature walk or hike, ride bikes-anything to get outside and enjoy the weather (if it’s nice). If it’s miserable, like it has been here, you can go to the pool, skating, community centre, aquarium, museum, or library. My daughter has always loved feeding ducks and it’s a perfect way to get rid of those end pieces of bread that nobody ever wants to eat. You don’t have to spend any money or at least not very much to have fun.
8. Schedule play dates
If you have to go to work or have housework to do arrange for another mom to take the kids for a day and then have their kids over another day. The kids will enjoy having a little playmate and the parents can still get their work done.
I hope these ideas will help you have a fun Spring break, regardless of the weather.
Until next time….
Here’s a yummy recipe I like using beets. If you use red beets then your pasta will be pink; my daughter might like that. Every girl loves pink! Lol!
Farfalle with Golden Beets, Beet Greens and Pine Nuts
• 1/3 cup pine nuts
• 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
• 2 large onions, quartered lengthwise through root end, sliced crosswise (about 4 cups)
• 3 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 bunches 2-inch-diameter golden beets with fresh healthy greens; beets peeled, each cut into 8 wedges, greens cut into 1-inch-wide strips
• 12 ounces farfalle (bow-tie pasta)
• 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for serving
Heat heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add pine nuts and stir until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Transfer to small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons oil and onions to same skillet and sauté until beginning to soften and turn golden, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to sauté until onions are tender and browned, about 30 minutes longer. Add garlic and stir 2 minutes. Scatter beet greens over onions. Drizzle remaining 2 tablespoons oil over; cover and cook until beet greens are tender, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook beets in large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 10 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer beets to medium bowl. Return water to boil. Add pasta to beet cooking liquid and cook until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot.
Stir onion-greens mixture and beets into pasta. Add pasta cooking liquid by 1/4 cupfuls to moisten. Season with salt and coarsely ground black pepper. Stir in 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese. Divide pasta among shallow bowls. Sprinkle with pine nuts. Serve, passing additional cheese.
Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Farfalle-with-Golden-Beets-Beet-Greens-and-Pine-Nuts-351260#ixzz1AwpsSTxL
Here’s a few other funny stories from kids:
One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her son into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, ‘Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?’ The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. ‘I can’t dear,’ she said. ‘I have to sleep in Daddy’s room.’ A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice; ‘The big sissy.’
A kindergarten pupil told his teacher he’d found a cat, but it was dead. ‘How do you know that the cat was dead?’ she asked her pupil. ‘Because I pissed in its ear and it didn’t move,’answered the child innocently. ‘You did WHAT???’ the teacher exclaimed in surprise. ‘You know,’ explained the boy, ‘I leaned over and went ‘Pssst!’ and it didn’t move.’
Kids do say the darndest things. Gotta love em. What have your kids said that made you LOL?