The holiday madness of cooking, cleaning and buying presents is over, but now that everything has settled, many parents are wondering what to do to keep the kids busy during the second week of break.
Fortunately their teachers shared some advice.
The holidays are a great time to spend time together, perhaps doing something creative. Crafts and baking help kids learn how to measure. Painting is also a great learning activity. It teaches children about colors and shapes. Older students can learn the concept of color mixing and symmetry.
A board game also keeps kids’ minds active, or teachers suggest playing dress up – mimicking the characters of a favorite book.
All of these activities keep kids off the couch and cut down on screen time during the winter break.
“It improves their communication skills to have that eye-to-eye contact, and it increases their attention in school,” Hums elementary teacher Tracy Libbey says.
Video games and TV shows can be a learning opportunity, thanks to the educational materials available today, but it is important to limit that screen time.
There are also special activities at most YMCA and library branches.
As break winds down, it’s also important to get children back to a normal bedtime and waking routine. It will make that transition back to school a lot easier.