Winter break is the perfect time to practice some reading and writing for fun. Here are some winter break learning activities that will keep your children active and engaged while sneaking in some learning at the same time.  

Make a Reading List

You have heard of a summer reading list, well how about a winter break reading list. Now is the perfect time for your children to catch up on all those books that they do not have time to read during the school year. Reading for pleasure builds vocabulary, expands your child’s mind intellectually and also helps your child become a better writer.  

So, take a trip to your local library and let your kids choose a huge stack of books for some of their winter break learning activities and include them on a reading list.

For a list of book suggestions by reading level, please read my post:

Orton-Gillingham: Book Suggestions for Extra Reading Practice

Play Games

Here is the opportunity to expand your child’s mind while also having fun and spending time together. Games are great for challenging the minds of kids. Some games require reading for clues or reading directions.

Some really fun but also educational games that you can check out for some winter break learning activities are:

  • The Memory Game
  • Apples to Apples Junior
  • Hoot Owl Hoot
  • Tall Tales
  • Hedbanz
  • Sequence Letters
  • Read My List
  • Uno

Cook with your Kids

Cooking is such a great way for the family to spend both fun and educational time together. Reading food labels and recipes can help your child improve their reading skills and also learn the meanings of unfamiliar words.  

Cooking also provides math and telling time practice, as these are both essential when cooking a meal. You can have your children pick out some cookbooks at your local library (when you are making your reading list) and help cook the recipes that they like best.  

Write Thank You Letters

Encourage your children to write “thank you” letters for all of the holiday gifts that they received from relatives and friends.  

Sit with your children and write your own notes at the same time. Writing letters is a heavy burden for some children, so it might be a good idea to space the work and be supportive.

Explore Your Heritage

Because the holidays are all about family and relatives, this is the perfect time to encourage kids to explore their family heritage. You can have your kids interview relatives about what life was like when they were growing up and about their customs and cultures.

You can have your children create a family history book or make a family tree with the information that they learn.

I Have a Resource For You!

Thank you so much for reading my post today. You might also enjoy reading my previous posts:

My Favorite Multisyllabic Word Activities

10 TellTale Signs of Dyslexia During Home Learning


Please don’t leave without checking out the PRIDE Reading Program. The PRIDE Reading Program is an Orton-Gillingham curriculum that is used by teachers, tutors, and homeschooling parents worldwide with great success.

PRIDE Reading Program


Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at info@pridereadingprogram.com or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com
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