Archive for March, 2013

How to Keep Your Kids Occupied During Spring Break

March 27th, 2013 by

How to Keep Your Kids Occupied During Spring BreakIf you don’t have a vacation planned to keep you and your family occupied this spring break, you’re probably wondering what your kids are going to do for a whole week off of school. That’s why we’ve come up with this list of easy (and free) activities you can do with your kids to ensure your spring break is as fun and relaxing as it should be.

Springtime arts and crafts

Break out the art supplies and you can spend a whole afternoon making springtime decorations. It could be as simple as drawing bunnies and flowers on construction paper, or as elaborate as making flowers out of pipe cleaners and tissue paper. Let your imaginations run wild and you’ll get some festive decorations for your home while you’re at it.

Go to your local park

Why not use some of your time off to make use of your local park or playground? Check out the walking trails, play catch in a field, go to the nature center—the possibilities are endless! And why not bring some birdseed and feed the birds and ducks while you’re out?

Play at an indoor playground

Play N’ Learn’s Playground Superstores offers great options for your kids to play, even in the colder weather! Try our Pay for Play at our Columbia, MD location – each child gets two hours of play time, Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm. Come enjoy unlimited use of our showroom play area and let your kids release some of that spring break energy!

Design your own playground

You and your kids can do a great playground tour of your town and check out all the coolest features of each. Then, break out the paper and crayons so your kids can design their own fantasy playground. What would it include? A rope ladder? A climbing wall? Monkey bars?

Check out activities at your library

Odds are good that your local library will have programming during the day designed for all ages of children. The library is a great resource for free and educational activities, ranging from learning new games to doing science experiments. Your kids can pick out some books to borrow while they’re there.

Bake cookies or make a healthy snack

What better way to spend the afternoon than by making a fresh batch of cookies? Your kids can help measure, pour, and stir. Or, try out one of our recommended healthy snacks that are fun to make and delicious to eat!

Read books out loud

Snack time is also a great time for reading a book together. Have your kids choose a book they want to read and you can read it aloud to them while you snack, or even take turns and have your kids read different sections.

Do you have fun spring break plans? Let us know in the comments, and enjoy your time off!

Healthy Snacks for Kids to Help Them Play All Day

March 13th, 2013 by

Healthy Snacks for Kids to Help Them Play All DayThe days are getting longer and it’s getting warmer, and that means that outside play is around the corner. Playing all day requires energy, and it can sometimes be tough to find healthy snacks for your kids, or just tough to find the time to make them. That’s why we put together this list of healthy snacks that are easy to make—so easy that your kids can do it themselves.

Although you’ll need to help buy the ingredients and cut any veggies and fruits, your kids can take the lead on preparation while you talk to them about why these foods are good for them.

Ants on a log

Try making ants on a log—it’s a classic snack that will never go out of style. Your kids can help wash the celery, spread the peanut butter, and apply the raisins. Plus, they can customize their snack by choosing how many ants are on their log.

Apples with peanut butter

Another easy, healthy snack is a cut up apple with peanut butter on it. The apple is full of fiber to keep your kid full until dinner, and peanut butter is a good source of protein for their growing muscles.

Fruit kebob

Break out the skewers for fruit kebobs! This fun and colorful snack is a good way to get your kids to eat fruit. After you wash and set out a variety of fruits, your kids can arrange them on skewers to make a bright and nutritious snack. Try grapes, cantaloupe, berries, bananas, or watermelon. The best part is that you can change what fruits you use as they come in season, so it’s not just a summer snack.

Yogurt parfait

Your kids can choose the layers and slather on the toppings of a yogurt parfait. First, have them spoon a layer of their favorite flavor of yogurt into a small cup. Then, they can pick fruit or granola to sprinkle on the top, add another layer of yogurt, and repeat to their satisfaction. Yogurt is high in protein and calcium, and granola is also a great source of protein and iron.

Veggies and hummus or salad dressing

Add some veggies into the mix with a simple snack of veggies and hummus or your child’s favorite salad dressing. Carrots, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and more all are made a little tastier with something on them, which will help your child learn to love their vegetables.

Homemade trail mix

Your kids can let their imaginations run wild by making their own trail mix. Let them raid the pantry to concoct their ideal trail mix. Almonds, peanuts, M&Ms, chocolate chips, dried fruit, pretzels—what will they choose? You can help your kids make healthy choices by having them pick 3 nutritious items and one “fun” item like M&Ms.

Chocolate Milk

Last but not least, add some liquid to your snack repertoire! Making chocolate milk is an easy way for your kids to get all the calcium benefits of drinking milk but with none of the complaining. Your kids can add the chocolate syrup and stir, watching the milk turn from white to brown.

With nutritious snacks in their systems, your kids will have the fuel they need to play hard and stay healthy. After trying a few of these creations, maybe your kids will have their own ideas for nutritious and tasty snacks.

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