If your kids will be taking a winter break from school, it’s important that you learn some fun, educational ways of keeping them busy and their minds occupied while they are home for vacation.
Here are two full weeks’ worth of fun activities that parents and students can enjoy together during winter break. These educational activities will also stimulate the brain and help your student when he or she goes back to school after the break.
Day 1: Hangman- Here’s an oldie but goodie game to play during winter break. You can adjust the difficulty levels to suit the children playing. It’s a fun but simple way to challenge the mind and give them something to do when they can’t go outside.
Day 2: Jigsaw puzzles- These are also available online if you don’t have any actual puzzles to put together. You can use software or online tools to create a jigsaw puzzle from your photos or themes that are personal to you and your kids.
Day 3: Anagrams- These classic word scrambles can be found in fun winter themes to challenge your student’s mind and creativity.
Day 4: Learn native history- Take time to learn more about the people from where you currently live. What history do they have? How can your kids explore this native history?
Day 5: Learn holiday history- Winter break is most often a time of several holidays. Take this time to help your kids learn more about holiday history and how the holidays were celebrated locally traditionally.
Day 6: Build an outdoor fort/shelter- This is another fun activity that helps expand your child’s creativity and it gives them something really fun to play in once you’re done.
Day 7: Hold your own Winter Olympics- Learn about the winter Olympics and then hold your own mini-Olympics for fun and exercise.
Day 8: Create a reading corner with fun, educational books. Brew up some hot cocoa and sit and read together at least once a day during the winter break. Allow your child to read her favorite books to you in the reading corner as well.
Day 9: Create holiday cards to give to friends and family- Handmade cards are the best kind and you can work together to come up with holiday ideas, poems to go inside and much more.
Day 10: Create holiday origami- This is a fun activity that also stimulates the brain, encourages patience and creativity and also requires practice to get it right. You can also discuss the history of origami as you make your creations.
Day 11: Learn about and act out different holiday customs- It can be an awakening experience to help your school-aged children learn about different holiday customs than your own. Spend some time studying these other customs and then act them out in some way, if you can. Create crafts, put on a play or show, etc.
Day 12: Make holiday themed food from different parts of the world. In France, a dessert called the ‘buche de noel’ or ‘Christmas Log’ is consumed on Christmas. What other holiday themed foods can you find and can you try to make them yourselves at home?
Day 13: Create snowflakes- Hang them around your home to decorate and take time studying and learning about the snowflake while you make them.
Day 14: Do a good deed- Winter break is a great time to encourage compassion, understanding of others and selfless acts. Help your child to do a good deed by discussing what you can do or doing it together. You may volunteer at a food pantry, help the homeless find a warm place to stay, plant a tree or pick up litter in a public place.
Personal experience- mom to 4