Mothers and daughters enjoy special bonds, particularly when we create meaningful memories together. Winter break presents an opportunity for moms and girls to share extra time.
Even moms who work full-time may find winter break presents greater scheduling flexibility, with many employers closing operations early or offering days off for the winter holidays.
What creative mother/daughter activities do we love during winter break? Here are 10 favorites. Most of these activities require minimal (or even no) out-of-pocket expense.
Set up a spa.
On winter break mornings, my daughters and I love remaining home in our pajamas and playing spa. The girls raid bathroom cabinets, collecting nail files and polishes. Then we treat one another to free manicures and pedicures.
If younger girls color outside the lines, it matters not. Winter socks and mittens conceal those goofs.
Make snow sculptures.
If winter break weather permits, snow sculpting is a must for mothers and daughters. We play snow Pictionary, guessing the nature of one another’s work.
Swap out styles.
My daughters have become style connoisseurs, freely offering fashion advice to their less-than-fashion-forward mother. Each winter break, we sort through our closets and donate unwanted styles. Then we hit post-holiday sales for fun new items.
Gather great games.
Board games seem to collect dust in our home, but not during winter break. These more leisurely days lend themselves to friendly mother/daughter contests.
Bake up a storm.
Using mixes or scratch ingredients, mothers and daughters enjoy baking cookies or other goodies during winter break. Often, the most fun is eating the dough before it hits the baking pan.
Pick out a puzzle.
Jigsaw puzzles carry an unmistakable magic for mothers and daughters. Leaning over a table to assemble the pieces seems to invite heartfelt conversation.
Host a mother/daughter book group.
Reading a chosen book and discussing it together, perhaps with other moms and daughters, is a wonderful winter break activity. We have enjoyed this with neighbors and friends.
Go out for breakfast.
Breakfast out is a fun mother/daughter date for winter break. Best of all, breakfast menus feature smaller prices than any other meal.
Paint a room.
With a roll of masking tape and a can of paint, mothers and daughters can give a bedroom a brand-new look during winter break. We have even applied wipe-off chalkboard paint to a wall for kid-friendly graffiti.
Learn a new skill.
On winter breaks, my daughters and I have tried new activities, such as knitting or even ice skating. Some of our best memories include the flops, more than the successes. And why not?