Prevent Winter Break Brain Freeze!

Hi PS11…even though Winter Break is upon us – there are tons of great EASY WAYS to keep our children’s brains engaged and learning while they are away from school!

1. Read, read, and read some more. Read anything! You could try:

  • Novels
  • Comic Books
  • Instructional manuals from your holiday presents
  • Holiday recipes
  • Magazines
  • Billboards on the road
  • In flight magazines

ANYTHING! Just read!

2. Do some Science Experiments. Below you will find a list of winter themed experiments.

3. Cook together to sneak in some math, science and more! In fact cooking doesn’t only help cognitive development, it helps social/emotional and physical development as well! You could talk about:

  • Number concepts
  • One-to-one correspondence
  • Simple addition
  • Patterning (layered salads, kabobs)
  • Measurement
  • Data collection, organization, and representation
    (voting on who wants a particular recipe or
  • Simple fractions (half, whole, quarter)
  • Consistency/Viscosity
  • The list goes on!
  • Here are some links to kid friendly recipes:

4. Play games that cause them to ask and answer questions.

  • 20 Questions:
    • Traditional: One person secretly thinks of either an animal, mineral, or vegetable. The other players then take turns asking yes-or-no questions, such as “Can it fly?” or “Does it grow in the ground?” After the players have asked 20 questions, each player gets a chance to make a guess.
    • Reverse 20 questions: 1 player chooses an place, item, animal, Minecraft character, Princess, Pokemon, etc. and gives clues to the other players and they try to guess what thing the player selected. “This animal lives in the sea. It has rows of sharp teeth. It has an amazing sense of smell.” (Shark)
  • The Animal Name Game: Ages 6 and up: One person names an animal. Then each person in order has to name another animal (no repeating!) that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. There are no winners or losers in this game. With older children, try the game with TV shows, or geographical categories such as cities or countries.

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