5 Fun & Simple Activities To Do With Girls During Winter Break

Your daughter has time off of school for winter break which may mean that you will hear the words "I'm bored! What are we doing now?!" more than usual.

It can be overwhelming to play Julie the Cruise Director and continue to coordinate fun activities for all of break among the stress of the holidays. So we developed a list of fun activities that you can do at home with things that you have around your house! And as a bonus, all of these activities encourage creative thinking! 

1. Interview A Family Member 


Stuff You Need

  • Friend or Family Member 
  • Device or audio or video recording (a phone works perfect) 

You will most likely be around family members and good friends during winter break. This is the perfect time for your daughter to learn more about them though interviews! She can select a few people to learn more about their lives, ask for advice, or dive deep into their favorite things. She can prepare 5-10 questions for the interview then audio or video record it. After the recording she can edit it to be her own NPR type of radio show with sound effects and voice intros. Or she can set up video interviews with her own T.V. show with a set and fake microphones (we recommend whisks or hairbrushes with tin foil over them for the best fake microphones!). She can use easily use free editing tools of iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. Then she can have a listening/viewing party for the rest of the family to learn more about each other!  

2. Plan A Scavenger Hunt for the Family 

Stuff You Need

  • Writing Supplies & Paper
  • Whatever Is Around the House

Whatever is around the house! Have your daughter set up a scavenger hunt around the house for the family to do. She can write 4-5 clues that will lead the family to different places in the house to get to the end. She can challenge herself to write the clues in the form of poems or have clever wording or even photos!

She could also setup a photo scavenger hunt around the house where she can take close up photos of various things in the house, the pattern of a rug, the leg of a table, the texture on a counter. She would then print out the photos and have the family try to identify where each photo came from! 

3. Build a Jelly Bean Structure 

Stuff You Need

  • Toothpicks
  • Jelly Beans

Put those holiday treats to use with this idea from The STEM Laboratory. Have your daughter build a structure out of toothpicks and jelly beans. Challenge her to build a structure that could hold a book, or even a few books. This activity is also a great competition to do between family members or friends. Divide into groups and see who can build a structure to hold the most books in 20 minutes just using toothpicks and jelly beans! 


Image from Growing A Jeweled Rose

Image from Growing A Jeweled Rose

Stuff You Need

  • A cup 
  • Snow
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring 

If you have snow at your house this is a classic project to do outside during winter break. There are multiple ways to do this, we love the instructions from Growing A Jeweled Rose. Build a volcano like mountain around a cup. Pack it tight! Then add some baking soda and a few drops of food coloring in the cup. To make it erupt, pour in vinegar! 


5. Play Chopped or Host a Pop-Up Restaurant

Stuff You Need

  • Whatever Food Is Around! 

For the aspiring chefs in your life this is a great activity to use your leftovers. You can host a mini Chopped competition where you give your daughter a few ingredients (like random leftovers!) and ask her to come up with own creation, just like the T.V. show. You can also have other family members compete against each other with the same ingredients and have judges decide who did it best! 

Or have your family host a pop-up restaurant at your kitchen table. Come up with a name, theme, menu, and decor for a restaurant based on the food that is in your home!