Spring break kids activities: 100 staycation ideas to keep kids busy

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This fabulous guide of spring break activities for kids is your ticket to keeping your little ones entertained this March break. Whether you’re going on a fun-filled family vacation down south, or enduring a week-long staycation in the cold, snowy weather, this collection of 100 simple yet fun spring break activities has everything from toilet paper crafts and LEGO activities to science experiments and play doh activities. There’s something here for everyone!

I have fond memories of Spring break when I was a kid. Playdates with friends, lazy afternoons watching movies on the couch, later bedtimes…

It was glorious.

But I’m not entirely sure my mother felt the same way.

While she undoubtedly enjoyed the reprieve from school drop-offs and pick-ups, extracurricular activities, and packing school lunches, we never, ever, travelled over Spring break, leaving her to keep 2 kids entertained and happy for 12+ hours a day.

And now that I’m a mom myself, I am fully aware that’s no small feat.

In years past, I’ve tried a variety of different things to keep my daughter happy while she’s on break from school. Some years I’ve convinced my husband to take a family vacation, other years I’ve enrolled her in camps, and last year I did a bit of both. I organized various Spring break kids activities for us to enjoy together each morning, and then my mom popped over in the afternoons to allow me a few hours to get caught up with work, go to the gym, or do whatever else I needed to do so I could give 100% of myself to my daughter the following morning.

And you know what?

Last year’s setup worked pretty well.

Sure, I would have preferred to spend the week drinking margaritas with my husband on a beach somewhere while my sweet girl built sand castles, but finding a balance between spending quality time with my daughter and having a bit of time to regroup and recharge ended up being a great alternative.

Of course, not everyone has a mom who is willing or able to travel 45+ minutes both ways to help out (love you mom!), but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to maintain your sanity when your kids are home from school.

If you’re gearing up for a staycation with your little ones this March, and feel desperate at the thought of trying to keep them entertained, we’ve got 100 awesome Spring break kids activities to keep them engaged and happy while you enjoy a couple of adult popsicles.

TOILET PAPER ROLL CRAFTS

1. Toilet Paper Roll Train Craft (Kids Activities Blog)
2. Toilet Paper Roll Leaf Stamping Fall Tree Craft (Crafty Morning)
3. Peanut Butter Bird Feeder (Go Grow Go)
4. Simple Toilet Paper Roll Car Craft (Crafty Morning)
5. Toilet Roll Octopus (Kids Activities Blog)
6. Apple Toilet Paper Roll Craft (Crafty Morning)
7. Toilet Roll Bracelets (MollyMoo)
8. Toilet Paper Roll Bowling (Thrive 360 Living)
9. Cardboard Tube Binoculars (Crafts by Amanda)
10. Toilet Paper Watches (Red Ted Art)

LEGO ACTIVITIES

1. Simple LEGO Slime (Lemon Lime Adventures)
2. Lego Zip Line STEM Project for Kids (Little Bins for Little Hands)
3. Lego Marble Run (Octavia and Vicky)
4. Bridge Building Challenge (Frugal Fun for Boys)
5. How to Build a Lego Candy Dispenser (Frugal Fun for Boys)
6. ABC Lego Cards (Wildfire Ramblings)
7. DIY Portable LEGO Kit with 24 Free Printable Activity Cards (Fun at Home with Kids)
8. Lego Bingo (Big D & Me)
9. Feed the LEGO Monsters: A Sorting and Building Game for Kids (Toddler Approved)
10. DIY Lego Hangman (Pink and Green Mama)

PLAYDOH ACTIVITIES

1. Fill In The Blank Spelling (No Time for Flash Cards)
2. Letter Matching (No time for Flash Cards)
3. Play Doh Mats (Meraki Lane)
4. Learning to Add with Play Doh (Kids Activities Blog)
5. Stretchy Night Sky Playdoh Recipe (Twodaloo)
6. ABC Playdoh Mats (1 + 1 + 1 = 1)
7. Playdoh Bug Fossils (No Time for Flash Cards)
8. Playdoh Nature Walk (How Wee Learn)
9. Playdoh Kebobs (No Time for Flash Cards)
10. Playdoh Aliens (Rainy Dad Mum)

BAKING SODA SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

1. Inflating a Balloon with Baking Soda and Vinegar (Coupons Are Great)
2. Dancing Worms (Playdough to Plato)
3. Volcano Experiment (Love Play Learn)
4. Exploding Milk (Mess for Less)
5. Fizzy Cloud Dough (Powerful Mothering)
6. Baking Soda and Ice Vinegar (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
7. Hopping Corn (One Time Through)
8. Baking Soda Powered Boat (Science Sparks)
9. Erupting Apple (Learning Through Playing)
10. Chemistry in a Bag (The Applicious Teacher)

SHAVING CREAM ACTIVITIES

1. Rainbow Writing with Shaving Cream (Blog Me Mom)
2. Shaving Cream Car Wash (Happy Hooligans)
3. Sensory Play with Shaving Cream and Mirrors (Danya Banya)
4. Sensory Rainbow With Straws (Mess for Less)
5. Sensory Snow & Erupting Snow (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
6. Sensory Sight Words (Mess for Less)
7. Cotton Candy Puffy Paint (Crafty Morning)
8. Alphabet Squish (I Can Teach my Child)
9. Crackle Foam Sensory Play (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
10. Shaving Cream Bathtub Paint (Momdot)

BATHTUB ACTIVITIES

1. Bathtub Ice Fishing (Bath Activities for Kids)
2. DIY Bathtub Paints (Raining Hot Coupons)
3. DIY Bathtub Shapes (I Can Teach My Child)
4. Pool Noodle Bath Pit (Bath Activities for Kids)
5. Bath Games with Pool Noodles (Bath Activities for Kids)
6. Shower Ball Pit (In Lieu of Preschool)
7. Bath Time Science Lab Activities (Bath Activities for Kids)
8. Bath Snow Activity (Bath Activities for Kids)
9. Paint Rainbows (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
10. Glow-in-the-Dark Bath Paint (Raining Hot Coupons)

POPSICLE STICK CRAFTS

1. Magnetic Airplane Clip (Parents)
2. Craft Stick Wreath (Babble Dabble Do)
3. Stick Superheroes (Glued To My Crafts Blog)
4. Popsicle Stick Catapult (Little Bins For Little Hands)
5. Book Buddies DIY Book Marks (Meaningful Mama)
6. Butterfly, Caterpillar, and Inchworm Crafts For Kids (Danielle’s Place)
7. God’s Eye Craft (Hub Pages)
8. Craft Stick School Bus Frame (Reading Confetti)
9. Popsicle Stick Candy Corn Craft (Glued To My Crafts Blog)
10. Craft Stick Dolls (Molly Moo Crafts)

COFFEE FILTER CRAFTS

1. Coffee Filter Umbrella Craft (Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles)
2. Eskimo Craft (Carrot Top x 3)
3. Chihuly Art (Ms. Motta’s Mixed Media)
4. Monster Marker Prints (Housing a Forest)
5. Coffee Filter Stained Glass Earth (I Can Teach My Child)
6. Fall Tree Craft (Reading Confetti)
7. Coffee Filter Butterfly Craft (Red Ted Art)
8. Tye-Dye Coffee Filters (Mommy with Selective Memory)
9. Coffee Filter Tree Collage (Art Projects for Kids)
10. Coffee Filter Boat (Glued to My Crafts)

DRINKING STRAW ACTIVITIES

1. Straw Blown Paintings (The Imagination Tree)
2. Straw Rockets (The Pleasantest Thing)
3. Balloon Rocket Experiment (What Do We Do All Day?)
4. Make Your Own Kerplunk Game (Meri Cherry)
5. Friendship Bracelets (Kidlutions)
6. Building Activity for Kids: Straws and Paper Towel Rolls (Frugal Fun for Boys)
7. DIY Duck Call (All for The Boys)
8. Straw Javelin Throw (Toddler Approved)
9. Singing Straws (Handmade Charlotte)
10. Drinking Straw Maze Toy Craft (Preschool Crafts for Kids)

SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

1. Dissolve the “M” Off an M&M (Coffee Cups and Crayons)
2. Dancing Worms (Playdough to Plato)
3. Magic Milk Science Experiment (Laughing Kids Learn)
4. Hopping Corn Science Activity (One Time Through)
5. Snow Storm in a Jar (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
6. Fireworks in a Glass (Paging Fun Mums!)
7. Ocean in a Bottle (Happy Hooligans)
8. Walking Water Science Experiment for Kids (Coffee Cups and Crayons)
9. A Multi-Sensory Experiment with Jell-O & Vinegar (Fun-A-Day)
10. How Clouds Make Rain (The Happy Housewife)

See? Spring break doesn’t need to be boring. All it takes is a little planning and preparation, and this collection of Spring break kids activities is your ticket to maintaining your sanity this March!

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This fabulous guide of spring break activities for kids is your ticket to keeping your little ones entertained this March break. Whether you’re going on a fun-filled family vacation down south, or enduring a week-long staycation in the cold, snowy weather, this collection of 100 simple yet fun spring break activities has everything from toilet paper crafts and LEGO activities to science experiments and play doh activities. There’s something here for everyone!

And if you’re looking for more ways to have fun with your little ones, please follow our Kids board where we share all kinds of great ideas! 



Gwen
Gwen
Gwen is a 40-something freelance writer and social media consultant who has an unhealthy love for makeup, hair, and fashion. She lives with her husband and 8-year-old daughter in Toronto, Canada and hopes to move to a warmer climate someday. Preferably tomorrow.