25 Activities to Keep Your Kids Engaged this Winter Break
25 Activities to Keep Your Kids Engaged this Winter Break
Winter break to parents mean one thing NO SCHOOL! And if you don’t have a plans, cabin fever can kick in pretty early. So, this winter break, keep the kiddos entertained, save some money and have a great break.
Here are a few things you can do anywhere!
Winter Break With Kids, What To Do!
Before we know it, the kids will be home from school for 10+ days! If you’re like me, you are already trying to figure out what to do during winter break and planning fun stuff to do when bored at home! Here’s a list of 10 fun things to do at home to beat the winter blues! What’s on your winter bucket list? Be sure to let us know in the comments what winter break activities your family has planned!
#1 Pajama & Movie Party
Put on your coziest pair of pjs, pop some popcorn, and watch family Christmas movies! We’ve got your holiday movie guide, broken down by age group, ready to go for you so be sure to check that out as you plan to watch your favorite family Christmas movies this season.
#2 Bake cookies!
Before Christmas, I love to get my kids together and bake cut out sugar cookies and decorate them! They never turn out “magazine perfect” but my kids LOVE doing it and they are perfect in my eyes! Here’s the recipe I use to our Christmas cut out cookies:
- 1cup butter softened
- 1cup sugar
- 1large egg
- 2 1/2cups all-purpose flour
- 2tablespoons orange juice
- 1tablespoon vanilla
- 1teaspoon baking powder
Combine 1 cup butter, sugar, and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed. Divide dough into thirds; wrap in each plastic food wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until firm.
Heat oven to 400°. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-third at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 2-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
#3 Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?
I hear we are supposed to get around 2 feet of total snow in KC this year! If the forecast rings true, it sounds like we’ll have plenty of opportunity to get out and play in the snow! Sledding, snowboarding, snowball fights, and snowman building are all things I’m going to add to our winter to do list! Snow ice cream, anyone? Check out this simple recipe for snow ice cream:
10-12 cups of snow
1 tsp of vanilla extract
10 oz of condensed milk
Mix together and enjoy!
#4 Host a Classic Board Game Night
Invite some friends over and bring out the classic family board games and compete against each other! Our Squad loves to host game nights at home and we’ve got your guide for fun games the whole family can enjoy. Let us know what your favorites are!
#5 Start a Book Series
Start a new book series to read aloud with your kids! Choose a series above their reading level to challenge them a bit!
#6 Make Your Own Fun
Make slime/goop/floam! There are so many recipes out there so the possibilities are endless! Here’s a recipe we made recently called “Frozen Silly Putty”
1 bottle of Clear School Glue (147ml)
The same amount of water (147 ml)
1/2 teaspoon of Borax
1/2 cup hot water
A few sprinkles of silver & blue glitter
A few drops of blue food coloring
#7 Make Ornaments
Homemade ornaments are such a wonderful gift idea for parents and grandparents. We made some super cute trees out of salt dough with food coloring and dipped their fingers in shiny paint to resemble lights on the tree! You could also do handprint salt dough ornaments.
#8 Make a Winter “I Spy”
Create your own winter themed “I Spy” sheet with clip art images that the kids can find inside or outside the house! See who can complete their list the fastest!
#9 Declutter the House
Make room for new toys and clothes and clean out closets/rooms. Donate unused toys and clothes to charity.
#10 Get a Head Start on 2018
Work on your “Summer Family Bucket list” and come up with a list of ideas to do when school is out for the summer!
#1 Build a snowman
Most of the time there is snow on the ground so why not play in it!? Get all bundled up and head out side to build your own Olaf or snowman. No snow? No problem! Make your own indoor snow with baking soda and white hair conditioner!
#2 Have a family talent show
If it’s TOO cold to go outside, have a family talent show. My kids love, love, love America’s Got Talent so they are always up to show what they can do! Let the kids practice during the day and after dinner let the show begin!
#3 Have a movie marathon
If I could, I would watch Netflix all day! There are so many different movies and shows available it would probably take years to watch everything! So make a list of the ones you want to see, grab some snacks and enjoy!
#4 Have a scavenger hunt inside
What kid doesn’t like a game where you seek hidden treasures?! Make a list of little toys, random items or shapes and let the kids explore around the house!
#5 Go ice skating
NEED I SAY MORE?
#6 Game night
Pull out the classics, make your own or play some of your kids! There are so many games out now, you can have game night often! Check out our fun family game night ideas for kids of all ages.
#7 DIY night
Hooray for Pinterest lol! You could lose yourself in so many different crafts it’s unreal! Pick a theme and once everyone is done, you can even put on an art show!
#8 Have a slumber party
Turn your front room into a fort and let your kiddos imaginations run wild! Or if you don’t want to risk losing a night of sleep, wear your pajamas during the day and make little beds in the front room.
#9 Redecorate rooms/home
When the kids are older, this one is definitely a go to! They can help with heavy lifting, deep cleaning and even give you a break by decorating their own space.
#10 Make a special brunch
Brunch is my favorite so why not make a special one during their winter break! They can invite their friends and you can invite yours! Really feeling hum drum during the break? Make it special with unique invites and dress up!
#11 Snowball fight
This one in my opinion is more for the kids themselves lol. Let them burn off some energy with a friendly snowball fight in the yard.
#12 Visit a museum
This is probably one of my favorite things to do! Most museums are free and have tons of cool stuff that will keep everyone happy. Check your closest museum for special kid activities, they are sure to have plenty during the winter time!
#13 Go sledding
Like having a snow ball fight, this is one activity that is sure to use up that extra energy! I mean they are basically running up hills! HAHAHA
#14 Bake cookies
Baking can make your day go by so fast! Plan to make a few different items, play some music and fill your home with sweet smells! Plus the littles love using cookie cutters!
#15 Visit distant family members
One sure way to avoid cabin fever is taking trips! Long or short, a change of scenery will keep the entire family pleased!
#16 Karaoke party
We love music in my family so we are always singing! So why not take it up a notch and invite some family or close friends over!
#17 Read your favorite childhood books
This one is more for me than the kids lol. I love reading classic books I grew up with to my kids. Plus the looks on their face when they hear a new book is always a great feeling.
#18 Go to a sport event
Just about every major city has some form of sports team. NFL, NBA, MLB, Arena or Semi- Pro. If you aren’t sure, just look your city up, google knows everything!
#19 See a musical or play
There are always special plays or musicals that come to town around this time of year so the pickins aren’t slim!
TIP: want to cut costs on those expensive play tickets, call your local box office and ask for group rates! Get the whole family or group of friends involved so you won’t have to pay as much.
#20 Have a dance party
Sometimes you just gotta dance! Forget the dishes, stop folding laundry or whatever chore you have and spend 10 minutes just dancing! You will feel more relaxed and the kiddos while get a break from “boredom.”
#21 Invite family friends over that have kids
Play dates are a win win. You can still do an activity with your kids but also have adult to talk to! Everyone is happy!
#22 Visit the library
Another favorite thing to do is visit the library! They always have family activities that are educational as well! Plus it’s FREE!
#23 Update family photos
Winter break is the perfect time to update those family photos. There are no after school activities, no homework to do and you have more time throughout the day to get the whole family picture ready. Plus, they are usually ready in time for when they go back to school!
#24 Go shopping
Taking the kiddos shopping is always eye opening even if it’s only window shopping. You find out what they like, dislike and can even get some ideas for birthday presents!
#25 Learn about other countries and what they do in winter
The world is a big place, and whatever you are doing, someone may be doing the complete opposite. Research and discover what other countries are like during winter!
As your kids get ready for winter break, I hope these tips give you some ideas on what you and your kiddos can do for a fantastic break!
6 Kid Friendly Holiday Activities for Winter Break !
Christmas is quickly approaching and the kids are now home for a while on Christmas break. Christmas break is always exciting for kids no school, no homework, free time, and Christmas is right within reach. However it often doesn’t take long before cabin fever sets in and they begin to become rambunctious or bored. That is why its best that you find ways to keep them occupied so you can keep your sanity. What better way to do this then to do holiday and Christmas themed activities! You and the kids will keep busy while having TONS of holiday fun! Here 6 Kid Friendly Holiday Activities for Winter Break!
1. Cookie Extravaganza. Tis the season for holiday baking. Everyone loves a sweet treat this time of year especially Christmas cookies. Get the kids involved with helping you baking or the age old tradition of cookie cutters and decorating Christmas cookies! They will love getting creative and helping mom in the kitchen. Stick with traditional cookies such as chocolate chip, peanut butter & sugar OR click here for even more unique holiday cookie recipes or decorating ideas.
It doesn’t just have to be cookies! With the help of pinterest there are so many adorable and delicious holiday treat ideas just like the teddy bear sleighs pictured! ( For this treat all you need is mini candy canes, mini snickers or milky way’s and a box of teddy grahams. ) Click here for more creative holiday treat ideas.
2. Build a Gingerbread House. Gingerbread houses are a holiday tradition & a delicious one at that. The kids will have a blast with this! I mean what is more fun than building a play house out of candy… that you can EAT! Build a big one as a family or let each kiddo make their own! What you will need is graham crackers, frosting, gum drops, peppermints, candy canes, licorice, M&M’s, and whatever other candy you’d like! For more ideas on how to make the perfect gingerbread house click here.
3. Popsicle Stick Ornaments & Decorations! Popsicle sticks are the ultimate craft because you can make almost anything out of them including Christmas decorations! Christmas a tree, reindeer, snowmen, snowflakes, picture frames, sleds, or Santa the possibilities are endless. All you need is Popsicle sticks, glue, paint or markers, beads, googly eyes, or glitter, and string if you want to make it into an ornament. For more ideas on Christmas crafts made with Popsicle sticks click here.
4. Homemade Wrapping Paper. This is a fun way to get the kids involved in the gift giving of Christmas plus it puts an adorable personal touch to your gifts! For small gifts you can use the inside of paper groceries bags or you may need a roll of brown or white paper. You can use acrylic paints, markers, or crayons. To get perfect Christmas shapes you can trace cookie cutters or if using paint you can use sponges. Also if you’re feeling brave enough to let the kids get a little messy they can use their handprints!
5. Christmas Card Making. Continue you and your kids work as Santa’s little elves and decorate your very own Christmas cards. It is an activity that the kids will enjoy and your friends and relatives will cherish when they receive them. For homemade Christmas card ideas click here.
6. Christmas Movie Marathon! Christmas themed movies are always a hit with kids they can sit down and rest from all the crafts or take time to eat some of the treats you have been making. It is also a way to keep them occupied while you get some holiday baking, cleaning, or gift wrapping done. An idea is to let each kid pick out a movie and then maybe you share one of your holiday favorites with them. Click here for a list of popular Christmas movies for kids.
Hope you and the kids enjoy these fun activties! Happy Holidays!
From iFamily to Yours,