The holiday season is filled with lots of baking and time with family and your kids. If you’re lucky enough to get to take time off during the holiday season, then you’re probably excited to spend a few days with your children. Your children are excited to get away from school and to spend time with you and your spouse. At our learning center, even though it’s the holiday season, we encourage you and your kids to spend a few days doing fun activities that also incorporate learning. If your child is struggling with learning, then take the time to enroll in some of our programs for kids who don’t seem to grasp certain concepts in reading and math as well as kids who have learning disabilities.
Four Activities To Try With Your Child While On Break
While it’s nice to take a break, there are so many activities that are centered around learning as well as having a good time. Instead of letting your kids watch television all break while you lay on the couch and take time away from work, make some plans to go out and enjoy your time as a family, or you can choose to stay in and appreciate spending time together in the house. Regardless of whether you want to go out or stay in, these fun activities will allow your child to learn something while they are on winter break and perhaps even you’ll learn something as well.
Getting a little messy in the kitchen can always be a fun way to spend the holidays with your kids. Baking with children can sometimes be a struggle because they want to eat everything and making a mess doesn’t seem to phase them. However, baking is a great way to pass the time without watching television or playing with an iPad. Baking is also beneficial for kids who need to learn math and figure out how to double recipes or cut them in half. By choosing baking recipes with easy directions, your child might find a new hobby they enjoy. After all, keep in mind all of those Food Network Shows such as Chopped Junior and Master Chef Junior.
Build A Farm For Worms
Science is fun and allows your child to indulge in logic and problem solving. A worm farm can help in your garden and is a great way to save the earth with composting. While worms are squirmy and plushy, they are great bugs to help with recycling and create a biodegradable area due to composting. Worms will eat little particles of food to help with composting. Your child can watch the biodegradable process in action and better understand the earth, recycling, the circle of life, and other contributing factors to the ecosystem.
Cards are fun to play with your children because there are so many options. You can play Crazy Eights, Go Fish, Gin Rummy, and a bunch of other games to help your child grasp counting and having fun. You can also try out Uno if you have a pack at home. Cards will help your child get away from technology and sitting in front of a television. By playing with numbers and developing pattern recognition skills, your child won’t realize he or she is learning until they begin to utilize the skills they learned while playing cards with you.
Go To The Library
The library is a great place to go anytime of the year. As your child grows up, he or she will associate going to the library with you and your spouse and it’ll become a place they can enjoy going to no matter what age they may be. Depending on the library in your area, you may be able to go to readings, holiday specials, and participate in winter break reading activities. Additionally, if you and your child have been inside for most of the break, the local library is a great way to get out of the house. You can browse the children’s section and your child can pick out a few books they want to read. Choose a variety of books that he or she can read as well as yourself, so your child can see how fun and creative reading can be. In addition, you can watch their love of reading bloom when you make going to the library a habit.
For more suggestions on how to help your child have a fun and educational winter break, continue reading our blog.