Spring Break Activities

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Whether it’s Spring break or you just want ideas for creative time with your children, we decided to have two fun activities for this week (stay tuned for our Fun Friday craft!). We know when your children are out of school, it can be difficult to keep them occupied if they Spring fever. 🙂 We thought what better way to enjoy all that Spring has to offer than to have a crawling creature activity!

Crawling Creature Hunt:

Your backyard, local park or forest preserve is a wonderful bug habitat – all you have to do is look. A few things will be needed for your crawling creature hunt:
1. magnifying glass
2. insect net
3. clear plastic container

What to do:
Tell your child you are going on a hunt to see your neighborhood bugs.  You can look for centipedes, worms, grasshoppers, ladybugs, beetles, spiders or bees. Be sure to look all around you – in air, in the grass, on leaves and flowers, under logs or rocks – almost anywhere outside.  If you and your child put on your “bug goggles”  (feel free to decorate a pair of sunglasses with a “bug theme”) and equip yourself with curiosity, you will find all sorts of crawling creatures!

Once you find a bug, gently catch it with your net or container. You and your child can observe it for a few minutes and then set it free. If you want a closer look, use your magnifying glass. Some things you can point out to your child are the bug’s many legs, hair on its body, wings, etc. You can keep a notepad (a.k.a. bug book) to write down your findings. If your child takes special interest in a particular bug, you can research the bug on the internet when you are done with your crawling creature activity.

Have you ever bug hunted with your child?

Do you have other favorite Spring-break activities?

9 Responses to “Spring Break Activities”

  1. Amanda March 31, 2010 at 7:59 am #

    What a cute idea!

  2. ANNA M March 31, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    My Children Absolutely Love Bug Hunting.Awesome Idea Hugs
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  3. Christine March 31, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Visiting from Mom’s Best Bets! Lovely blog!

  4. admin March 31, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    Thanks! If you go on a bug hunting adventure let us know how it goes. 🙂

  5. admin March 31, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    Thanks for visiting our blog. Great to have you here.

  6. jennifer April 1, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    Thanks so much for the ideas! I will have to try some of these!

  7. admin April 1, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    Thanks for visiting out blog. Let us know if your children like the activities 🙂

  8. Andrea April 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to go bug hunting with my nephew! He’ll love it!

  9. admin April 2, 2010 at 7:04 am #

    Thanks Andrea.
    Happy hunting! 🙂