This year’s winter break will undoubtedly look a little bit different than in years prior. With more people staying home and avoiding large gatherings, you’re likely in search of winter break ideas to keep your kids entertained. We’ve compiled some fun, educational at-home activities to keep kids engaged during the holiday break.

  1. Send holiday letters to military service members. Write letters of appreciation for men and women serving in the military. Itisn’t easy to be separated from loved ones during the holiday season, so ask your kids to express how much their service means. This activity provides an excellent opportunity for kids to practice their writing skills, too.
  2. Make and decorate salt dough ornaments. Combine 1 cup salt, 1 cup water, and 2 cups flour to create a dough. Roll to about 1/4-inch thick, and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Don’t forget to put a small hole in the ornament to thread a string so you can hang it—Bake at 170 degrees F for three hours. When cool, decorate with paint and allow to dry. This is a fun way to reinforce basic math skills and explain the difference between chemical and physical reactions.
  3. Candy cane guessing game. Test your child’s estimation skills by placing various candy canes in clear glass or plastic jars. Ask your kids to guess how many are in each jar. Use full-size candy canes or miniature versions to make it a little more challenging.
  4. Read A Christmas Carol. Fix a steaming mug of cocoa and gather together as a family with this Charles Dickens’ classic. Take turns reading aloud to help kids practice reading and speaking in front of a group.

These holiday activities at home will ensure your kids have fun during winter break while continuing to learn!