Winter Break Survival Guide

Beat winter break boredom with this collection of 25 festive, family-friendly activities.

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Let the Fun Begin!

Winter break is a time for celebration—but it can also be a challenge to find fun and engaging activities to keep your kids busy while they're out of school. We've rounded up 25 activities to make sure your kids' winter break is full of fun and learning.

Create a Snowflake Garland!

This snowflake garland will bring some winter wonder to your house. Make a sparkling snowflake garland with your child this winter.
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Snow Paint

Wishing for snow? If the weather refuses to cooperate, take charge and make your own snow in this fun painting activity!
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Ready, Aim, Marshmallows!

Science isn't ho hum anymore when it involves building catapults to teach your fifth grader about projectile motion.
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Confetti Wands

Confetti wands add some colorful cheer to your New Year's Eve celebration. Wave these confetti wands at midnight and watch the colors fly.
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Craft Your Own Carnival! Make Juggling Balls

These homemade juggling balls are super simple to make and are a blast to play with. Not to mention, they're great practicing hand-eye coordination.
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Paper Icicles

Complete with the drippy, glittery shapes that make icicles so popular, this paper project can be hung everywhere from door frames to tabletops.
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Wrapping Paper Vase

Use recycled wrapping paper and an empty bottle to make this beautiful vase for a great indoor activity when it's cold outside.
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DIY Homemade Snow Globe

This homemade snow globe is fun for kids who are excited about the arrival of winter. Kids can complete this snow globe craft quickly and easily.
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Tie-Dye with All-Natural Dyes

Got a kid who loves fashion? Help her develop her own unique style with this tie-dye project using natural dyes.
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Cookie Puzzle

Cookie, snow globe or puzzle? This holiday cookie is all three! Celebrate the holidays with this puzzle cookie, a crafty twist on a delicious dessert.
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Travel Checkers

Here's how to create an easy travel checkers board that you are your child can enjoy together using simple materials.
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Wax Paper Skating

When itâs too warm to ice skate or too cold to roller skate or you simply want an anytime, indoor activity, set up a wax paper skating rink.
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Ice Craft

Make the prehistoric monsters of the past seem a bit more real with a craft that brings the chill of the Ice Age to life!
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Mason Jar Candle

Make this mason jar craft that looks like a glowing snowflake and works like a lantern!
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Make a Wish Box

Ask your kids to write these one-sentence "Holiday Wishes." Without realizing it, they'll be building third grade Language Arts skills.
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Make a Holiday Cookie 'Kit'

Practice third and fourth grade measurement skills and make a practical holiday gift in the process!
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Recycled Wire Hanger Bird Feeder

Here's a fourth grade science craft with lots of benefits: it's good for birds, good for your child's learning, and good for the planet, too.
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Make Your Own Trivet

Invite your child to partake in an eco-friendly craft by weaving long twigs into a useful kitchen stand for hot pots and pans.
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Homemade Cookie Cutters

Everyone loves homemade cookies, but have you ever thought about making the cookie cutters at home? Here's some instructions for making homemade cookie cutters.
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Photo Coasters

Photo coasters are a lot of fun, and this tutorial helps you make a unique set of low-cost photo coasters. Craft some photo coasters with your child.
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Make a Rice Paper Lantern

Here's an activity that lets your third grader, fourth grader, or fifth grader bring the warmth and light of lanterns into your home by making his own.
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Popcorn Snowman

Not all snowmen are made of ice. This popcorn snowman tastes like the holiday season and also makes a cute decoration on any dining table.
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DIY Zen Garden

Being a kid is hard work. Soothe stresses and calm fears with this DIY Zen garden -- all you need is sand, stones and a shoebox.
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Melted Crayon Art

Melted crayon art is all the rage right now. It's simple, inexpensive, and there's no wrong way to do it!
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Make Ice Cube Candles

Make some beautiful and unique candles to light your home.
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