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Spring Break (And Other Times!) Activity Ideas for Preschool and Elementary-Aged Children

April 14, 2020 | Emily Ford Sytsma

Mustard Seed School teachers have put together these lists of activities and resources for you to consider during Spring Break. They also recommend that you check out this list of resources from the Princeton University Library.

Signs of Spring

What’s happening outside of your window or in your outdoor space or on your walks? What signs do you see that the seasons are changing?

  • Take pictures! Send them to your teachers!
  • Sit down with some paper or your journal and draw! Send pictures of your drawings to your teachers!

Home-School Plan for Early Childhood

If continuing with school over these days could help you, here are some daily plans from a curriculum provider we trust:

It is designed for young children and kindergarten families may want to add the extra writing and play some of the math games on SeeSaw again.  

Another great week-long plan:
PreK-K Scholastic Weekly Lesson Plans–a week of themes and short, book-based activities for learning at home

Stay Busy Ideas for the Youngest Children
(though older children would enjoy many of these!)

For the train-lovers: B&O Railway Museum Story-Hour (and activities)






(Mostly) Visual Arts

Explore the World (and Social Studies)




Emily Ford Sytsma

Early Childhood Director

Ms. Sytsma began her career as an educator working in inclusive classrooms in the state of Hawaii but found her roots began to grow here at Mustard Seed School when she came to teach in 1996. She joined the preschool team in 2007, after teaching for many years in the Middle School. She finds delight in the preschool’s approach to teaching and learning, inspired by the preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. As Early Childhood Director, she seeks to support teachers in their work helping children learn about thinking and creative expression.

Ms. Sytsma’s the mother of a MSS alum and a current student. When not at school, Ms. Sytsma enjoys traveling with her husband and two children. She tends a very simple rooftop garden in Jersey City Heights and on long Saturday mornings, she may be seen taking long walks along the Hudson River and listening to audiobooks or podcasts while organizing her thoughts and getting her heart rate up.

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