Winter break is such a fun time for children, especially with all the fun winter break activities. I remember looking forward to and even counting down the days until school was out for a couple of weeks.
Now that I am a parent — albeit, with two small children — I have experienced the joys and the slumps during my daughter’s break. If you’re feeling like you need some ideas to get the kids off the couch, outside or to simply engage, here are some winter break activities I have collected to help you out!
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Pull those games out of the closet and choose one that will bring out your kids competitive and playful side. Maybe even pick up some fun table snacks to share as you enjoy the game together?!
Either go through your own closet or purchase some gently used coats, scarves and gloves from your local second hand store. Go out as a family and pass out the warm clothes to those in your area that may not have any. This activity is a great way to spark some meaningful conversation and connect with your kids.
In my family we have several family holiday recipes that go back a few generations. If you’re like me, dig out a few of those recipes and choose one that you can all bake together. Bake some extra to share with the neighbors or enjoy them on your own along with a family movie night.7 Family Winter Break Activities Kids Will Love Click To Tweet
IF you find yourself with a lot of time on your hands, it may be fun to dive into a craft or DIY project that has been waiting for you on your Pinterest board. Choose one that you can do with and/ or for your children. Not only will this take up some time, it will also get everyone’s “creative juices” flowing.
Taking a special educational outing can be a fun way to get out of the house during the holidays. Make the drive and grab a bite out to eat before hand as a special touch.
Sometimes, it takes getting out of your own yard to encourage movement of any kind! (My daughter would watch her favorite TV show for hours if we let her.) Going to a park to play on a playscape or play a field game is sure to get kids up and running.
I am one of four children. Growing up, my mother or father would take one of us out for- what they called- “only child time”. This was a special time for one of the children to have some quality, one on one time with mom or dad. As kids, we got to choose where we went and what we did. Often I chose to go to my favorite french bistro and the local consignment shop to see what treasures we could find.
If you’re still stumped, print out this list and ask your kids what they would be interested in trying. They are bound to find something that suits their fancy OR at least get them thinking of some ideas of their own! Happy happy holidays from my family to yours! May it be full of yummy food and fun.