Five winter vacation ideas for kids that will inspire a love of reading

Vacations are a perfect time to spend time with your children, creating special memories that will last a lifetime. Looking for some fun and affordable things to do over the holiday vacation? Here are five literacy-related ideas that children are sure to love that won’t break the bank:

  1. Visit your local library: Check out your library’s website for a list of hours and events. Many libraries have planned free activities for families such as performers, Lego building sessions and storytimes during the vacation week. And while you’re there, check out the books below!
  2. Read “A Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats and conduct your own science experiment on the states of matter. Like Peter in the book, see what happens to the snowball when you bring it inside the house.
  3. Read Jan Brett’s “The Mitten.” On her website janbrett.com, there are free printable templates of all the animals that find their way into the mitten in the story. Print them out and you and your child can talk about each animal as you try to fit them all into one of your mittens.
  4. Jane Yolen’s “Owl Moon” is a winter classic. After reading that for a bedtime story, bundle up over pajamas and head into the backyard to see if you can hear any owls. Or check out Mass Audubon’s website for a list of their annual owl prowls all over the state.
  5. After reading “Snowflake Bentley” by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, you and your child will want to get out your cell phone and snap pictures of falling snowflakes. Check out this blog post on how to take great macro photography shots on your iPhone. No snow? No problem! Go old school and bust out the scissors and white paper to create a winter wonderland in your child’s room.

Whatever plans you have this vacation, keep your library card ready and plenty of hot chocolate on hand to create heartwarming memories of reading with your child and to help instill a lifelong love of reading.

Maureen Manning is the Director of Family and Community Engagement in Wareham, MA and a Mass Literacy Champion.

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