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Spring Break - A New Way

Spring Break is here!  It looks a little different than we all anticipated, but it doesn't mean that it can't be a week filled with JOY.  Let's learn, explore, create, and LAUGH together! 

We have provided an activity for each day with simple things that can be found around the house.  Don't have what you need? Reach out to a neighbor and maybe include them in your project.  We do link to a few products that can be used in the activities, but aren't necessary at all!

For a printable copy of the activities click HERE. And a special THANK YOU to our Event Manager, Dani Dingman for pulling all this together!

Monday

Family Nature Hunt

Supplies Needed

  • Nature Scavenger Hunt Click HERE for the free printable.
  • Something to write with
  • Optional Supplies
    • Binoculars
    • Magnifying Glass
    • Bug Vacuum (Click the link to purchase)
    • Bug Jar (Click the link to purchase)

Procedure

  • Explore your yard, neighborhood, or take a trip to your favorite spot in nature! Be prepared.  Make sure you have everything you need to make your nature hunt a safe, enjoyable, and fun outing! 
  • Guide your children in discussion for each found object by using their five senses! 
  • Ex: How does that pinecone smell?  Is it smooth or bumpy? When you shake it, does it make a sound? 
  • Some objects may be out of reach; With these objects, encourage your children to use their imagination. Ex: How do you think that cloud feels?  Do you think clouds taste like anything? 
  • Your older kiddos can help think of good questions too!  This is also a great opportunity to let your big kid be a leader and guide their younger siblings on the hunt! 
  • SHARE PICS OF YOUR HUNT BY TAGGING US @KINDNESSANDJOYTOYS

Tuesday

Starry Night Family Art Time

 

Supplies Needed

  • A piece of paper, a blank canvas, a nice piece of cardboard
  • (Something to put your creations on!)
  • Paint, Chunkies, crayons, chalk, colored pencils, markers, or all of these! 

Procedure

  • As a family, google Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting, Starry Night. 
  • As a family explore what you observe as you look closely at the painting.
    • What colors did Van Gogh use?
    • How many stars are there?
    • What else do you see in the painting besides the stars?
    • How does this painting make you feel? 
    • Use your fingers to trace over Van Gogh’s lines and discuss how his painting technique is unique.
  • Gather your supplies and create your own versions of Starry Night! 
  • Your piece is only INSPIRED by Van Gogh’s.  This is YOUR creation! 
  • How is your piece similar to Van Gogh’s?  How is it different?
  • SHARE YOUR ARTWORK BY TAGGING US @KINDNESSANDJOYTOYS

Wednesday

Sidewalk Cubism

 

Supplies Needed

  • Heavy Tape (Painters, masking, duct, electric, etc.)
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • A sidewalk

 

Procedure

  • As a family Google “Cubism”
    • Discuss what makes this style of art so special.
    • Spend some time looking at examples of cubism and discuss what you like/dislike about it.
  • Work together as a family to lay out a geometric pattern with your tape on your sidewalk to create a template.
  • Use different colors of sidewalk chalk to heavily color each opening in the tape template. (This is also really neat with liquid chalk!)
  • Once every opening is fully colored, carefully peel the tape off of your sidewalk to reveal your very own sidewalk cubism!

While your outside with chalk, create some fun photo set-ups!  For inspiration look no further than the Johnson Family!  http://www.ajourneywiththejohnsons.com/p/chalk-world.html

  • SHARE YOUR ARTWORK BY TAGGING US @KINDNESSANDJOYTOYS

Thursday

Sink or Float? Physics For Kids!

Supplies Needed

  • A large container that can hold water (This can even be done in the bath tub!)
  • Water
  • Things that sink
  • Things that float
  • Optional supplies
    • Food coloring to dye the water
    • Drinking straws

Procedure

  • Begin by briefly discussing the words “Sink” and “Float”.
  • Work as a family to find items in your home that you predict will SINK.
  • Work as a family to find items that you predict will FLOAT.
  • Fill your container with water.  If you are adding color to your water, do it now.
  • Let each child make predictions about what will sink or float. 
    • Do all of the family members agree with this prediction?
  • Test the predictions by having them place the item in the water. 
  • They can use a straw at this time to blow on their object if desired.
  • Before explaining why the items sink or float, ask your children why they think an object sinks or floats. They may guess it’s because of size or weight or construction.
  • Then, explain that items sink or float based on their density. Density is determined by how close or far apart molecules are within an item. Molecules are tiny and only visible by a microscope. 
  • Once you have prompted their learning by explaining the science behind the activity, allow your children to replicate the experiment as many times as they please. This will help to solidify their knowledge and reap the benefits of play-based learning!
  • SHARE YOUR EXPERIMENT BY TAGGING US @KINDNESSANDJOYTOYS

Friday

Builder’s Challenge: Build a Spring Break Destination!

 

Supplies Needed

Procedure

    • Choose a place to build
      • Disneyworld
      • A zoo
      • The beach
      • A camp site
      • Silver Dollar City
      • A shopping mall
      • A playground
      • A sports arena
      • ANY PLACE YOU WOULD LOVE TO GO TO!
    • Draw a design plan on your paper.
    • Choose your building materials.
    • Build your dream vacation spot!
    • Make a 2 minute video tour of your build describing it’s features and send it to events@kindnessandjoytoys.com. We will choose some of our favorites to post in our Instastory!