5 Book Adventures for Spring Break

Your child is probably accustomed to getting up every day at a certain time and having a routine throughout the day, whether you send them to elementary school, or homeschool them. Spring break is a time when you can let loose a little, and relax. Still, kids want to have fun. What better way to do that than by having some educational adventures through books each day! These adventures can be modified to work with a variety of age groups, but generally appeal to kindergarten through 4th grade.

1. The Secret Garden by Deborah Hautzig
The Secret Garden is a classic tale that every child should experience. This particular version by Deborah Hautzig is a shortened version of the actual book which is well over 200 pages. This short version would be a great book to read to your elementary age child during spring break. Just in case you haven’t read the book, it is about a little orphan girl who is sent to live with her uncle. Her uncle has a massive estate which she explores and discovers a secret garden. Read the book, then enjoy your own adventuresome activities that will keep the brain focused:
Plant your own secret garden.
Draw a flower on a large poster board, and paint it with watercolors.
Build a castle (like the one in the story) out of sand or dirt.
Go on a field trip to botanical gardens in your area.

2. The Cloud Book by Tomie dePaola
This book gives kids an educational lesson on clouds and the science behind clouds. The illustrations are bright and colorful. You can use the index to look up a particular cloud to study. This book is informative yet fun to read. You will enjoy watching clouds throughout your spring break. Take special trips outside just to pick out fun shapes in the sky. Do an experiment using a 2 liter bottle and water to form a cloud.

3. The Story of the Cross by Mary Joslin
The Story of the Cross is a simply written, easy to understand story about the life of Christ. The story begins at Jesus’ birth and continues to the crucifixion. The pictures are pleasing to the eye, and really contribute to the understanding of the story. Spend a day focusing on Jesus’ and his sacrifice on the cross. Talk about Easter and its true meaning. Continue the adventure by taking your child to a church service where you can experience Easter with other believers.

4. Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuke
This educational story is about a young boy who was being held in an internment camp during World War II. This Japanese American boy faced peril and racism while in the camp, and baseball helped him pass the time away. He continued his baseball career after he was released. This book takes the reader back in time and explores America’s favorite pastime. Here are some activities to try.
Visit to a baseball or war museum
Go to a professional baseball game (or training)
Invite friends over to play a game of baseball
Look up information about the history of baseball
Study the Negro leagues

5. It’s Spring by Linda Glaser
This exciting book about spring is brought alive by hand painted picture that seem to jump off the page at you. The book takes you on a scavenger hunt for spring animals, trees, and flowers. Continue your spring adventure by:
Exploring animals in your yard
Making a collage with items you find in the yard (twigs, flower petals, grass, etc.)
Paint a picture of spring
Take a trip to an animal farm or zoo