4 Ways to Dominate Winter Break Home with the Kids

For Parents Dec 20, 2019

It’s dark before dinner time. The holidays are over. There’s dirty snow on every street.

It’s that span of 5-10 days that parents fear: kids are home for Winter Break with nothing to do.

All kidding aside, we here at Outschool know you want to have your kids do more than just sit in front of their video games or watch Netflix all day. But with everything on your plate, no one can blame you for being short on ideas.

That’s where we’ve got you covered.

Here are a few common challenges for parents about winter break, and how you can overcome them to inspire learning when your kids are home.

Challenge: It’s too cold and dark to play outside

Solution: Teach your child to move their body, center their mind, and develop a healthy habit for life. Yes, we’re talking about dancing and yoga for kids and teens! Outschool offers live video chat yoga classes and dance classes for kids ages 3-18.

Challenge: Your kids’ friends are away for the holidays

Solution: Take a local trip to a nearby indoor attraction. If connecting with friends isn’t an option, then why not take the time to connect with you and your kid, all while learning and making a memory. If you have the time and can travel, explore a local museum, historical site, or aquarium.

Challenge: Big meals and too many sweets have the kids feeling...bleh

Solution: It can be hard to sell “healthy eating” to a youngster, when all they can think of is...BO-RING. But It’s a whole other story when kids are actually in the kitchen, doing the cooking or baking.

Does your youngster want to learn how to use knives safely? Maybe they’d like to get a lesson on a multicultural approach to plant-based nutrition? The options are only limited by you and your youngster’s appetite.

Challenge: The kids have been stuck at home for days

Traveling isn’t in the game plan for your family this year. A day trip isn’t an option. You can still inspire your kids to learn about other places through Outschool’s wide variety of classes about global cultures. Just check out one of these live video chat class options:

* Let’s Go to Japan
* World Geography - ¡Spain!
* Science Field Trip! Wetlands of South Africa

You can’t change the weather, but you can change the way you think about Winter Break. Even if you’re stuck inside, you can make these precious days at home a time for new experiences and lots of learning. Outschool is here to help.

Gerard Dawson

Gerard Dawson teaches English full-time at a public high school in New Jersey. He also writes about teaching, learning and technology for education startups.

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