14 Fun Activities for Winter Break

This winter, don't despair when snow days and holidays leave you with a house full of bored and bickering kids. These fun winter-break activities will keep your children occupied and happy both indoors and out – throughout the frosty season!
Ice Candles
Ice Candles

Enchant your children with a magical and easy outdoor activity that will tranform your backyard into a winter wonderland.

Read the instructions for Ice Candles.

Holiday Baskets

Get into the holiday spirit by combining volunteer work with a fun and easy crafts project. Feel good this season by collaborating with your kids to help those in need.

Read the instructions for Holiday Baskets.

Read a Good Book
Read a Good Book

As the snow falls gently outside, curl up with your kids, a blanket, and a good book. Read aloud or silently on a cozy winter day.

Browse our picks for the best books for all ages: Age-by-Age Guide to Classic Books for Kids.

Snow Sculptures

It's no ordinary snow day when you transform your snowman into a work of art! Your kids will jump at the chance to show off their creativity and impress you with their snow creations..

Read the instructions for Snow Sculptures.

Christmas Movies

Have a movie marathon with all the best holiday films. Introduce your kids to old classics and get acquainted with a few of the newer ones.

Check out our favorite Christmas films: Top Ten Christmas Movies.

Rainsticks from Recyclables
Rainsticks from Recyclables

When it's too cold and wet to brave the outdoors, set your kids up with an earth-friendly craft activity that will keep them busy and give you peace of mind.

Read the instructions for Rainsticks from Recyclables.

Backyard Weather Stations

Your kids can learn something even on the days when they stay home from school (just don't let them in on it)! This educational outdoor activity will teach your kids about weather and record keeping.

Read the instructions for Backyard Weather Stations.

Board Games

Put your family to the test with the ultimate board-game challenge. Set up a championship and spend the day indoors, competing for prizes.

Take a look at these family favorites for some ideas: Top Ten Classic Board Games.

Holiday Ornaments
Holiday Ornaments

Start a holiday tradition in your family by getting your children involved in making Christmas ornaments. These crafts are fun and easy for kids, and they'll beam with joy when they see their very own creations hanging from the tree.

Read the instructions for Holiday Ornaments and Crafts Kids Can Help Make.

Snow Bricks

Teach your kids the trick to making the perfect winter fort. This easy method will have children building for hours.

Read the instructions for Snow Bricks.

Winter Murals

This project combines the indoors and outdoors for a perfect winter day. Tap into your child's inner artist and enjoy the season with this project.

Read the instructions for Winter Murals.

Talking Sticks and Public Speaking
Talking Sticks and Public Speaking
Enjoy nature with this art project for a cold winter day. Spend quality time with your child, and cooperate to make a beautiful craft piece.

Read the instructions for Talking Sticks and Public Speaking.

Astronomy Activities

Raise stargazers by teaching your kids about the night sky. The activities will keep your kids mesmerized and staring up at the sky for hours.

Read the instructions for Astronomy Activities.

Family Gardening Tips

In many parts of the country, gardening can be enjoyed year-round. Kids enjoy working outdoors and watching the fruits of their labors bloom!

Read the instructions for Family Gardening Tips.