Yes, parents, it is winter break already. In many ways, it feels like our kids just went back to school (and yeah, some of them never did), but the reality is that we are facing down the barrel of a week or two of unstructured time with our children in between the holidays. With many of us avoiding travel, we’ll be spending this time (again) without the help of extended family members to distract our children. Never fear, we have come up with many activities to keep your kids (and you) entertained until school rescues us once more.
Some of us have the luxury of taking this holiday time off along with our children, which makes things a whole lot easier, but also still gives you great yawning blocks of time to fill. We hope you can spend some of the following days outdoors. Perhaps you might even play in the snow or participate in winter sports, like some idyllic children’s book. Maybe there are even places you can go — while wearing masks — for a change of scenery.
If weather and a certain microbe are keeping you indoors, though, we’ve got you covered. And if you’re one of us poor suckers still working while our kids are free to tug at our sleeves and demand snacks every five minutes, we have some ideas for you as well.
In many ways, we all should be pros at this whole juggling act of entertaining our children at home. But no one is ever a pro where our kids are concerned. They change; the things that used to thrill them get boring; their hungry minds need more to feed them than even those bottomless stomachs. So don’t feel bad if you’re every bit as intimidated by this winter break as you were when schools closed back in March. Flip through these suggestions with fresh eyes, and you may find the one thing (or 10) that will make everyone happy through the New Year. Whether it’s online art classes, baking kits, or interactive Facetime games with Grandpa, there are activities to turn that yawning time into a beautiful memory.
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