Winter is here, which means kids will be away from school, spending time with family and friends, and observing holiday traditions. To avoid learning loss over the winter break, there are several easy activities to keep kids engaged and inspired to learn.  

1. Stock up on free books at the local library

Winter provides the perfect opportunity to snuggle under a blanket, drink hot chocolate and discover a new friend in a book. Help your children pick out books that are of interest to them and set aside time to read together. For families on the go, e-books are a perfect way to travel light and share a good story.

2. Make unique holiday cards

There is nothing better than receiving a homemade card in the mail. As you connect with family and friends this season, have your kids draw winter–themed pictures and write a personal greeting of cheer and good wishes to celebrate the holiday spirit.

3. Cook together as a family

Following along with a recipe not only enhances literacy skills; it also helps kids learn math, fractions and time. Plus, you’ll experience the joy of cooking a favorite family recipe together and eating a scrumptious meal.

4. Take a road trip

Not all road trips have to happen in the summer. Take a drive to a local museum, park or point of interest. Have your children describe what they see and who they meet. Along the way, check out the license plates of passing cars to reinforce learning about letters and numbers.

5. Keep a gift journal

The holidays are a time for giving and receiving gifts. Have your children keep a journal of the gifts they received, who gave them and what is most special about the gift or the gift giver. The notes your child keeps in his or her journal will create a wonderful holiday memory to be shared for generations.