Let me guess…The kids are home from school for winter break and you are desperate for fun ideas to keep them busy. Today’s post is here to help with over 50 fun things to do during winter break with kids!
What to do during winter break with kids
Having your kids home from school over winter break presents an interesting challenge.
Sure, they are also home during spring break and summer vacation – but during that time the weather is nice and you can just send them outside to play.
Winter break requires a plan because otherwise everyone will be just be stuck inside for two weeks with nothing to do.
This is a recipe for whining, bickering and misery.
Not fun 🙁
Instead, allow your children to take a look at the winter bucket list activities below and create a schedule together as a family.
I like to use my favorite dry-erase calendar to plan out our winter break activities since it’s easy to modify if we change our minds at the last minute.
The calendar also acts as a nice visual reminder for everyone that we have something fun to look forward to each day!!! Woop Woop!
Below you will find tons of great ideas to create, laugh, relax and enjoy your time together over Christmas break.
Things to do during winter break:
- Take pics of the kids with their toys to send as thank yous
- Have hot chocolate with all the fixings for breakfast or dessert.
- Camp out in the living room around the Christmas tree before you take it down.
- Make room for the new toys and clothes by decluttering and donating.
(Learn my favorite trick to get kids on board with decluttering their toys)
- Build a fort under the kitchen table.
- Amaze your children for hours with Insta-Snow
- Play a board game
- Make English Muffin Snowman pizzas
- Create a collage from all the holiday cards
- Declare one day “all day pajama day”
- Brainstorm a list of trips you want to take as a family next year.
- Write, produce and act in your own family movie.
- Hold a “Chopped” themed cooking competition (or binge watch Chopped Jr on Amazon Prime)
- Read a book together – then watch the movie!
- Use discarded Christmas wrapping paper to decoupage gift boxes to use next year.
- Have an indoor snowball fight with No-Mess Indoor Snowballs
- Photograph each activity, then turn the pictures into a Best Break Ever scrapbook.
- Work on a puzzle together.
- Cut snowflakes out of coffee filters.
- Make easy homemade donuts
- Draw a winter scene on the windows with these special markers.
- Make ice cream in a bag.
More Fun Things to do Over Winter Break
As much fun as it is to spend some much-needed downtime at home, eventually the kids will start to climb the walls.
I find that it’s best to create a balance between at-home and outdoor activities anytime the kids are out of school for any stretch of time.
We seem to have the most fun (and manage to get along with each other) when we plan one at home and one outdoor (or away from home) activity each day.
For example, if our morning activity is to make homemade donuts then later in the afternoon I would want to make sure that we left our house at some point.
It could be just to go into the backyard or take a walk around the block, or we would all load up in the car and head somewhere.
The secret is to keep everything simple.
Your plans for each activity don’t need to be complicated or expensive to be fun.
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So, when you feel like everyone’s been cooped up in the house too long, head outside for one of the family-friendly activities below.
Winter Activities to do with Kids
- Visit a museum
- Go roller skating
- Build a snow fort with the snow block molds
- Stock up on books at the library
- Head to the snow
- Go to the movies
- Bounce the wiggles out at a trampoline park
- Go bowling
- Try indoor climbing
- Make and hang pine cone bird feeders for winter migrating birds
- Go ice skating
- Play indoor mini-golf
- Bundle up for a winter hike
- Go on a winter items scavenger hunt
- Build a snowman
- Have a real snowball fight
- Go to the movies
- Make snow cones from freshly fallen snow or use this machine.
- Visit friends and family
- Slide down a snowy or grassy hill on a Ski Skooter
There you have it mama! Tons of great ideas to keep the kids busy during winter break.
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