Simple Spring Activities for Kids

(Photo c/o Crayola.com)

(Photo c/o Crayola.com)

Spring is a great time to break out of the mould and try something new. With better weather upon us, coupled with a sense rebirth and renewal, there’s no better time to get creative.

This week, InTown Suites brings you a few ideas on ways to entertain children this spring. So whether you’re on the road, or staying at one of our many InTown Suites properties, you’ll have just the thing to occupy the kids’ time.

Low-Cost Spring Crafts, Activities & Things to Do

Make a birdfeeder!

This is a great springtime activity the kids will love. Afterward, they’ll be just as excited as they watch the birds come and eat from their feeders! This is a very basic craft that can be done indoors or out, and enjoyed outside or from the window of your suite.

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Peanut butter
  • Bird seed
  • Knife (butter or plastic)
  • Bowl

Steps:
Using the butter or plastic knife, spread an even layer of peanut butter over each toilet paper roll.

Once coated in peanut butter, roll in a bowl of bird seed until completely covered in seed.

Attach a string to the toilet paper roll and hang it from a tree or patio, or, forget the string and simply stick a tree branch through the roll!

Grow Chia Pets.

(Photo c/o Pinterest.com)

(Photo c/o Pinterest.com)

Chia pets are simple, fun spring crafts that can teach your child a lot about how to nurture and care for something. With a little set-up and TLC, the kids will enjoy taking care of their own project and seeing how it grows!

Supplies:

  • Tights
  • Soil/dirt
  • Grass seeds
  • Googly eyes, felt & pom-poms (to make a face!)
  • Plastic cup or empty yogurt container

Steps:

First, add 2 or 3 generous tablespoons of grass seeds to the bottom of the foot in the tights.

Now add enough soil/dirt to form a ball about the size of a tennis ball or two. Tie the tights close and re-shape into ball form as necessary.

Glue on any facial features you want the chia pet to have, like googly eyes, a pom-pom nose, and a red piece of felt for a mouth.

Place chia pets on top of an empty yogurt container, plastic cup, or planter. Add water (the tights and soil will gradually soak it up). Keep adding water every so often, ensuring that the grass head is moist, but not soaked. Keep in a sunny location.

Within 1 to 2 weeks, your chia pet will have grown a full head of ‘hair’! Let the kids trim the hair and keep watching it grow for the season to come.

Play hopscotch!

A springtime favorite for most children, hopscotch is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy hours of competition and entertainment!

So grab some sidewalk chalk, head outside to the parking lot or a cul-de-sac nearby, and let the games begin! Find out how to play hopscotch.

Make coffee filter butterflies.

(Photo c/o Parenting.com)

(Photo c/o Parenting.com)

On the next rainy day, cozy up in your InTown Suite and take out a few craft supplies to make these simple, beautiful coffee filter butterflies!

Supplies:

  • Coffee filters
  • Watercolor paints
  • Pipe cleaners

Steps:

Open coffee filter on top of newspapers or other painting surface that won’t be damaged by any paint that seeps through the filter.

Begin painting the coffee filter as desired, covering the whole surface or using any design that you like.

Let the filters dry completely (roughly 20 – 30 minutes).

Gather the filter in the middle and pinch the back side to form a small mound in the middle and large tufts of filter on either side (the butterfly’s wings!).

Take the pipe cleaner and fold it in half, sliding it upwards and positioning it so that it is in the center of the coffee filter. Twist a few times to secure, and then curl the tops of the pipe cleaner to form the antennas.

Hang the butterflies up around your suite for you and the family to enjoy!

What are your favorite springtime activities?

Simple Meal Ideas: Cooking at Your InTown Suite

Craving some home-cooked goodness?

Take out and dining out are delicious – and often, very convenient – meal options to have at our fingertips. But there’s something to be said for a meal that’s been assembled at your own place, by yourself or a loved one.

The meals are often healthier, and there’s just something to them that seems so satisfying compared to the typical ‘grab and go’ types of food.

On your next night in at your InTown Suite, give these quick, little-mess recipes a try and see what you think. We think you’ll be pleased with the results!

(Photo c/o damndelicious.net)

(Photo c/o damndelicious.net)

Delicious One-Pot Pasta

One-pot meals are the best – with little mess to clean up, they leave your evening free to spend however you please.

A great option when you’re cooking for the family, this one-pot pasta will typically yield about 6 servings. Adjust ingredient amounts to make less, or, enjoy leftovers for the days to come! 

Ingredients

Head to the grocery store and pick up:

  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 1 package cooked sausage, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 c halved grape tomatoes
  • 2 c fresh basil leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 c grated parmesan

Cooking Instructions
Over medium-high heat, combine spaghetti, sausage, onion, tomatoes, basil, garlic and 4.5 c water in a large stock pot. 

Season with salt & pepper.

Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until pasta is cooked through and the liquid has reduced (this will take roughly 10 minutes).

Add desired amount of parmesan to pot; stir and combine.

Serve & enjoy! Refrigerate leftovers once cool.

Recipe recommended by InTown Suites, courtesy of damndelicious.net. 

One-Pot Chicken & Veggies

There’s nothing better, or more comforting, than familiar culinary classics. For many of us, it doesn’t get more classic or comforting than your typical ‘meat and potatoes.’ 

Prepare this simple dish in your InTown Suite with ease – this one-pot chicken and vegetable dish is quick and hassle-free!

(Photo c/o pilsbury.com)

(Photo c/o pillsbury.com)

Ingredients

At the grocery store, pick up:

  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 bag (19 oz) frozen roasted potatoes with garlic & herb sauce
  • 2 boxes (7 oz each) frozen blend broccoli, carrots and sweet peppers*

*Substitute with fresh alternatives, if desired.

Cooking Instructions 

In a 10 or 11 inch skillet, begin to heat 1 tbsp of olive oil on low heat.

Add chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides. Remove from skillet.

Add remaining tbsp of oil to skillet. Cook the onion over low heat until it becomes soft and golden brown.

Add tomatoes to the skillet, cooking for another 2 – 3 minutes. Stir in the potatoes and vegetable blend.

Cover the skillet with a lid or foil, cooking for about 5 more minutes, stirring once. 

Return the chicken to the skillet. Add salt & pepper, if desired. Cover and cook for another 8 – 10 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.

 Serve & enjoy! Refrigerate leftovers once cool.

Recipe recommended by InTown Suites, courtesy of pillsbury.com.

More Easy Meal Inspiration from InTown Suites

Looking for more one-pot meal ideas or simple recipes you can prepare on the road? Take a look at a few of our other posts: 

  1. One-pan meals ready in less than 30 minutes
  2. One-pot meals ready in less than 30 minutes, Part II
  3. 3 Healthy Snack Alternatives
  4. Breakfast (of Champions) in a Hurry

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