This is it – winter break is in full-swing, and the kids are going to be bouncing off the walls with excitement for the next few weeks. This year most of the country seems to be enjoying unseasonably warm weather, but that doesn’t mean you can send the kids outside to burn off their excess energy – it might be a bit too cold, or there might be rain (which is what we’re getting hit with on the East Coast right now).
Just because they can’t frolick in the fresh air doesn’t mean that the only solution to keep them occupied is melting their brains with TV or video games. This week we’ve got a few options for keeping your kiddos (and their friends) occupied so you can all enjoy winter break!
- Put on a show. A great way to keep little ones occupied and give them something to look forward to is to ask them to write a play/story and put on a show for the adults! Their creative juices will start flowing and they’ll look forward to impressing the grown-ups – and lots of applause.
- Take a trip to the library. Fun, free entertainment. Public libraries in many towns offer different events during school breaks, such as fun readings of seasonal books or craft time. If there’s no event on offer, it’s still a great place to take the kids to encourage them to expand their horizons. If little Sally is really excited about planets and stars help her pick out a great book on the topic. If Johnny loves video games, perhaps a book on the history of gaming or how video games are made would be a great alternative to actually playing the games.
- Do something kind. Whether it’s cleaning out their closets to make donations to the local shelter (and getting some sneaky room cleaning in there!), or spending an afternoon serving at a soup kitchen or helping to prep a meal (cutting out shapes for sugar cookies, perhaps?) at a local Ronald McDonald House, having children donate some of their time to charity is a great way to instill values in them that will last a lifetime. Winter Break also provides a great forum for this type of activity because the “reason for the season” is all about appreciating what you have, looking forward to the promise of the New Year, and spending time with your loved ones.
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Happy Holidays and New Year to all.