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What to Do With Preschoolers Over Winter Break

Winter break is on its way, and the holidays are quickly approaching. It is the perfect time to get those creative juices flowing and put together some fun activities for your kids. It is also a fantastic time to bond with your children and family. Together, you can spark creative thinking, tie in a bit of family history and tradition, even get a little exercise. Here’s what to do with preschoolers over winter break.

With so much time on their hands and no school to attend during these long days off from school, kids must take advantage of this time by engaging in new activities they have never tried before. It will help them gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. It also gives them an opportunity to widen their knowledge and help them learn new skills that could benefit them in their future lives. So winter break is a season for fun, family bonding, and learning. 

However, with a long list of activities, you can find on the internet, choosing the right activities is sometimes challenging. From arts and crafts to amazing science experiments and sports, there is a lot out there to do. It can be overwhelming, so we have compiled some of our favorite activities to do with preschoolers over winter break below:  

Build A Snowman

You can always remember the first time you built a snowman, no matter how old you are. It is such a fantastic activity to do with your little ones, and it’s not too challenging to do for younger kids. By building a snowman, your kids learn about different shapes and how to work with hands in a new way. And since winter is all about bringing snow into your home, why not try making your mini-snowman? Your children can practice measuring and cutting skills, and creating their very own mini-snowman will help children feel more comfortable and confident when it comes time to build a real one.

Plan A Trip For Making Memories

Winter break is the perfect time to plan a trip with your children. Whether it be a family vacation, mini-vacation, or just an outing to somewhere new and exciting, children must learn lifelong lessons while they are young. Planning a trip will help them develop organizational skills and critical thinking skills that can make them more responsible in the future. And who doesn’t love to create new memories with their family?

Visit A Museum

Visiting a museum introduces so many different opportunities for your children to learn new things. Whether you decide to visit a science museum, art museum, or even an aquarium, it’s a great way for your children to learn about different cultures and preserve history. It will also help them discover the art and respect others’ work or creations. It’s also a chance for kids to become more comfortable with being in public spaces as well as interacting with people they may have never met before.

Go On An Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Outdoor scavenger hunts are always a fun activity to do with your children. It’s a great way to get your kids moving, and they can even make it a competition between each other. By searching for different objects in your backyard, they are learning new information while having fun. They will learn different vocabulary words regarding shapes and colors while they discover how to work as a team. Outdoor scavenger hunts are great for the whole family and will certainly allow everyone some quality time outdoors away from TV and technology.

Go For A Hike

Hiking with your young children is a great way to bond with them and expose them to new sights and smells. It’s also a chance for them to become more active and get some exercise. So grab some snacks, and you’re ready to go. You can take a short hike in the backyard or even a walk through your local park. Witnessing the world through their eyes is always a great experience, and it will also help them develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. At the end of your hiking adventure, you can create memories of having fun together by creating a beautiful panoramic picture of your surroundings.

Create A Collage

Looking for an easy to do and provide your child with new learning opportunities? Look no further. It is the perfect activity to do with your preschooler. You can cut out pictures and paste them together for younger kids, while older kids can use lots of stickers to create their art. There are ways to make a collage, and it comes down to what they enjoy doing the most.  So whether you like painting or drawing or even just using stickers, this is a great way for them to have fun working with their hands and exploring new mediums.

Try A New Recipe

Do you have an adventurous eater? If so, try a new recipe with them over winter break. It’s a fun activity that will give you the chance to bond with your child. Kids become more responsible when they are given the opportunity to make their own decisions, and this is one of those opportunities. You can help them with measuring and reading but let them do the mixing and baking on their own.

Make Your DIY Toys

There’s just something about creating the toys that make us feel like kids again. It can be a fun activity with your children over winter break. Or you can do this activity with your child and then teach them how to create their own. Show them how to use duct tape, yarn, and cardboard to create a fun DIY toy. It’s an excellent way for them to learn about new materials and have fun at the same time.

Try A New Sport

Winter is the perfect time for sports because there aren’t too many other distractions like school or work that might creep up, so let your kids play. Try out a new sport with your little ones, like ice skating, hockey, or even sledding. There are so many winter sports out there that it will be hard not to find something they will enjoy. It can also be an excellent opportunity to spend time together and get some exercise in the winter months.

Learn About Ocean Animals

Suppose you live close to the beach or even near a big body of water. Take your kids there and let them explore with their senses. There are so many things for them to discover at the beach. They can look for different fish, shells and even make sea glass. It is an excellent way for them to explore and better understand how animals live as well as try something new. It’s also an excellent way to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.


I’m Andrea Gibbs Born, raised, and still living in New York. I’m a work-at-home mom with a background in business development, strategy, and social media marketing. I’m a blog contributor at Baby Steps Daycare in Forest Hills, New York to motivate and educate other parents about how they can get their children ahead of the game in school.