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47 Indoor Activities For March Break

Mar 9, 2016

Keep everybody busy this March Break with fun activities for kids of all ages.

We’ve gathered up 47 projects, plans, ideas and more. Try using technology in a new way, get those kids into the kitchen or break out art supplies for a fun creative project.

When you’re finished playing indoors, head outside with 21 Fun Outdoor Activities For March Break!

Technology

1. Create a piece of art on a computer, tablet or phone.

2. Make a podcast. Interview friends and family, write and record a story, add music and sound effects. 

3. Play six degrees of Wikipedia. Can kids get from one subject (like hotdogs) to another (like ice cream) in six clicks or less? Older kids can keep track of the words they used—for an extra challenge, play again and aim for fewer clicks.

4. Remix a song by combining music, beats, voice recordings and sound effects.

5. Make a movie. Most computers and phones come with basic editing software that kids can use to trim and arrange video clips. For an extra challenge, try making a stop-motion movie.

6. Learn to code. Try a simple Kids’ CBC tutorial: we’ve got a Napkin Man activity for kids 6+ and a Spynet activity for kids 8+.

A Napkin Man coding activity.

Science, Engineering And Math

7. How much is 100? Can kids find 100 of anything in your home? Pasta, beads, buttons and coins are a good place to start.

8. Play a simple counting game. Some of our favourites: Build-A-Snowman, Fill Your Cup or Monster Math Squad Scoop It Up.

9. Play with food to learn about fractions. Use a circular snack like a pancake or a pizza to explore what 1/2, 1/4 and 3/4 look like.

10. Style static electricity hairdos. Rub a balloon against kids’ heads and watch for hair-raising results!

11. Build a raft or boat using things you have at home. Try straws, plastic cups, balloons, tape and paper. Kids can test their creations in the kitchen sink or bathtub.  

12. Make a catapult with popsicle sticks and elastic bands. 

13. Fold and test paper airplanes. Which style flies farthest? Highest? Can you make loop-de-loops?

14. Build a candy tower. You’ll need several varieties of candies—try different shapes and colours. Stack candies on top of each other. Kids can guess how tall their tower is and measure with a ruler to see how close their estimate was. How tall a tower can they build before it falls down?

15. Create a volcanic eruption using vinegar and baking soda—a classic! You could even make and decorate a volcano shape before you do the experiment.

16.  Make an indoor frog pond for science and sensory play. You’ll need a big bowl, dirt, frog toys and rocks, twigs and greenery.

Art Projects

17. Make a flip book (print a template kidscbc2.ca).

18. Create a comic book. Kids can draw their own panels or use this template.

19. Work together to make a 3D fuse bead ornament.  If you have littler kids (or less time), try simpler custom fuse bead art, like bike license plates.

Fuse bead deer.

20. Make a collage with cutouts from magazines or newspapers.

21. Try double drawing. Draw half a picture on a sheet of paper and let a kid complete it. Or turn the tables! Have kids start a drawing, then get adults to complete it.

21. Mix white glue and food colouring together to make goopy, gloppy glue paint. Tape card stock or thick paper to a table and let kids paint away.

22. Put a paper plate and some paint in a salad spinner to make bright, beautiful spin art.

Steps to spin art.

23. Experiment with origami. There are thousands of patterns available online. Once kids get the hang of folding, try a more difficult pattern—like a frog or a swan.

24. Make new outfits for dolls, action figures or figurines. Older kids can try sewing, younger kids can use glue.

Creative + Imaginative Play

25. Make up a new holiday. What celebrations or traditions would it have?

26. Turn a toilet paper roll into a toy.

27. Play with cardboard boxes. What can kids create with a few boxes and some extra art supplies?

28. Invent a secret language—spoken or written. Try to have a conversation entirely in that language.

29. Design, make and play a new board game.

30. Put googly eyes on regular things around the house (like fruit or slippers) and stage a photo shoot with these new friends.

31. Create a Big Book Of Jokes. Kids can write new jokes or write down their favourites. Or have kids perform stand up comedy in front of an audience. 

32. Invent new creatures. What would they look like? What would they eat? How would they move? Kids can draw the new creatures, or act them out.

33. Make sports player cards. Ask kids what facts they’d like to list on the back of the cards.

34. Tell the story of your family’s favourite movies using emojis. Can other people guess which movie kids are illustrating?

35. Hack an old toy by painting or changing it in some way.

Active Play

36. Learn a dance from a YouTube video. Put on a family talent show to show off the new moves everyone’s learned.

37. Create an indoor maze with pillows, string and tape. Follow the maze, then add on to it throughout March Break week to make it increasingly tricky.

38. Make a balloon cannon with a play tunnel, a standing fan and balloons. 

39. Stick tape on the floor and have kids walk along the tape while balancing. When kids get bored, pull up the tape and try a new shape.

40. Create a balloon bop math game. Tape balloons to the ceiling and let kids use badminton rackets to “bop” balloons as you call out different number or math problems.

In the Kitchen

41. Find a cool picture and try to recreate it with food.

42. Recreate a classic kids treat from scratch—like these animal cookies with cake batter dip.

43. Decorate an egg or an eggshell to be a funny character

44. Make fruit or vegetable art prints by cutting the produce in half. Kids can use the stamps on paper or fabric

45. Cook popcorn the old-fashioned way by microwaving a popcorn in a paper bag or cooking it on the stove. You can even do the popcorn dance together while you wait for the popcorn to pop!

46.  Take away one measuring cup from a complete set of measuring cups. Have kids figure out how to use another cup to replace the measurements they’d needed from the one you removed. For example, to make one full cup you’d need two scoops of 1/2 cup.

47. Make a fun lunch: try animal sandwiches, DIY lunchables or heart-shaped pizza.

Animal sandwiches

When you’re finished playing indoors, head outside with 21 Fun Outdoor Activities For March Break!

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