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Winter break is almost here and kids everywhere will be headed home to enjoy the holidays and winter fun. Winter break is also the perfect opportunity to read for fun.  Whether your children will be reading Christmas or holiday stories before bedtime or catching up on their favorite fantasy series, this is the perfect time to get in some reading practice. On today’s post I am going to share with you some ideas on how to keep your kids active and engaged with some fun winter break reading activities.

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 and magazines 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 reading activities and include them on a reading list.


For a list of book suggestion by reading level, please read my post, Orton-Gillingham: Book Suggestions for Extra Reading Practice

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 the 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.

Go grocery shopping

Let your children carry the shopping lists as you shop.  They can read off the items you need. Label reading is also a great reading task for children.  You can have them look up the ingredients on the labels or ask them to research which breakfast cereal has the least amount of sugar in it.  You can make games out of it, for example, they have to walk down the pasta aisle and tell you how many different types of pasta they can find.  You can also make a grocery scavenger hunt and include all of the 4 food groups.

Play board 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.


For a list of educational games, please read my post, 5 Best Games for ADHD Kids


I hope you enjoyed this post today!


I hope that these winter break reading activities work out well for you and your family.  And while you are here… please check out the PRIDE Reading Program.  This is an Orton-Gillingham program that is heavily scripted, super easy to use, very affordable and used by homeschooling parents, tutors and teachers with great success.  Let me know what you think.

Thank you for reading my post today!

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 or visit the website at

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