Winter break provides an opportunity for children to rest, spend time with their families, and refocus before the school year ends. Many children spend this time indoors watching TV, playing video games, or using tablets for multimedia. Cold winter weather can make it difficult to spend time exercising outdoors, and wet or slippery environments can increase the risk of injury. It is important to move and increase mental activity outside of school.
Skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating are common winter activities that the whole family can participate in. These activities exercise and stimulate motor skills while providing opportunities to learn new skills. Youth must always require adult supervision while participating in these activities and must be appropriately dressed with appropriate protection and winter gear. Building a snowman also helps inspire imagination and creativity. If you need to engage with technology, find active video games and videos to motivate you to exercise.
Arts and crafts are also great activities that enhance children’s creativity and imagination. Making winter or Christmas decorations, baking winter treats, completing a jigsaw puzzle, playing card or board games, or any other mindset that helps create focus and a sense of accomplishment when reading is completed activity.
It can be difficult to find indoor activities that take up more of their time than their children spend in front of a screen. There are many online resources to help you get moving once a day.