Spring Boredom Busters

Spring break is right around the corner. For parents, this means finding ways to keep the kids busy and your sanity intact while school is out for an extended period of time.

Instead of turning to the TV to occupy your little ones, consider the following spring-themed projects that will keep your kids entertained and your home filled with new decor:

Fancy Flower Pots: This project is suitable for kids of all ages. All you need is an inexpensive terra cot pot and some embellishments. Children can paint the pot or decorate it with markers, and then glue on sequins, buttons or gems. Another option is to attach stickers, glitter or apply stamps to the pot. Older kids could decoupage the pot or use paint pens to create unique freehand designs. Once the pots are decorated, fill them with colorful flowers and place them around the house.

Spring Wreath: Who says wreaths are for Christmas only? Kids can make a gorgeous spring wreath for just a few bucks using a grapevine or straw wreath base, glue, assorted silk flowers, and pretty coordinating ribbon. Of course, you can use your own imagination to add additional embellishments. For example, you could add some plastic Easter eggs to the wreath or design a wreath out of feathers.

Terrarium: To make this garden-inspired project, simply cut off the top of an empty two-liter soda bottle, fill about a third of it with potting soil, add small plants or grass seeds, water until moist, then cover the top with plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band. For younger kids, consider making a fake terrarium from a baby food bottle. Just use the lid of the jar as a base, and then place a small circle of floral foam on it. Next, add some silk flowers to the base and screw the lid back on the jar.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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