So the kids are home for break and you may even have a few extra friends running around your home too. With lots of time and kids on hand, it’s best to be prepared with different budget-friendly activities to keep winter vacation fun, active and inexpensive. Here are a few ways to make winter vacation special and interactive for everyone this season.
Kids Activities for Winter Vacation
Sparkle snow slime is a fun, hands-on activity for kids over winter vacation. For younger kids, it’s a chance to experience measuring amounts and using recipes. For the older kids, it’s the ability to customize the sparkle snow slime recipe to suit their own creative expression.
Bowl A: Mix together 1 tsp Borax and 1 cup water until dissolved.
Bowl B: Mix together 4 oz Elmer’s clear glue or white glue, glitter, 1/2 cup water and 2-4 drops of food coloring
Combine Bowls: Add the Borax water to the other bowl and mix it all around. Use your hands if you want as it becomes more slimey! Get rid of some of the extra water, and you are all set to play!
To make candy cane ornaments this winter vacation, you will need green pipe cleaners and beads 6×9 mm- red and white. Green, red and white is a classic color combination, but don’t be afraid to experiment with other colors. This is a great craft activity for kids and an inexpensive way to decorate your home this holiday season.
- Cut the pipe cleaners in half.
- Thread a bead to one end and bend the pipe cleaner tip around the bead to act as a stopper.
- Alternate colors until you have reached the other end- create a stopper there as well.
- Bend the pipe cleaner into a candy cane shape!
If you have younger children, Dollar Dig is a great activity to keep them occupied and learning over winter vacation. Hide several bills and coins in a big bucket of buttons, corn kernels, sand or dried beans. As the kids pull out the money, have them identify the president and its value. Teaching kids about money early and in a healthy way can positively affect them for years to come. Maybe you do some math problems after and even let them keep some of it!
Staying at home and creating your own activities is a great way to save money. You will use less gas, avoid expensive activities like going to the movies and help avoid spending temptations outside the home. No matter what activities you try, make sure that any supplies you need fall into your budget. Luckily, many activities use materials that can be found around the average household.
What activities do your kids like to do during winter vacation?
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