Winter Break Activities for Kids


These winter break activities for kids are a great way to avoid the kids saying “I’m bored” over the school holidays. They will give you things to give them to do while you’re wrapping presents (assuming they don’t help with that) or getting the meals ready (ditto).

This year for the girl I did something similar to the summer activity jar, but instead of using craft sticks and a flower pot I used paper-punched Christmas trees and put them in a holiday-themed box. Keep your kids occupied over the holidays with this winter break activities in a box idea.

Some of the activities are the same, or they’re the same things we do all the time, like reading, coloring and playing with LEGOs. But I always want to provide her with plenty of options without having to give the normal “well, you could do this…” sort of speech.

This time I also enlisted the help of some blogger friends to round out my list with great, kid-tested winter activities.

I hope these winter break activities for kids will give you some ideas for things you can do with your children while they are home, too.

Christmas-Themed Activities

Because we have a few days before Christmas I wanted to include some holiday-themed ideas. We can always still do them this winter and save them for next year’s decorating. Keep your kids occupied over the holidays with this winter break activities in a box idea.

Creative Play

Art Activities

More Winter Break Activities Keep your kids occupied over the holidays with this winter break activities in a box idea.

  • LEGO building challenges such as Christmas ornaments or making a marble maze
  • Build a fort
  • Play with something you find in your closet
  • Make a collage
  • Do a puzzle
  • Bake something
  • Read to me
  • I read to you
  • Use your storytelling tin or box or make your own
  • Pick a sewing project to work on
  • Coloring pages
  • Make someone a card and send it
  • Bubble wrap stomp painting
  • Find an art activity on Pinterest
  • Do science experiments (with science kits she already owns)
  • Hand sewing
  • Knitting
  • Jingle bell shakers/instruments
  • paint a wooden tree (I bought at Target last week)
  • typing or math games

Actually, pretty much all of the indoor activities from the summer list will be making an appearance again in the winter break activities list, so go over there if you need more ideas.

The summer flower pot “list” was a big hit and she still goes to it from time to time when she can’t think of what to do. I hope these winter break activities will last as long and keep her occupied even when it’s too cold to go outside.

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