Worksheets and activities to keep kids busy (and sharp) over winter break: grades 2-3

Want to keep your child's brain actively engaged while school's out? These reading, math, science, and art activities are the perfect combo of fun and learning.

By GreatSchools Staff

Make a family cookbook

Whether or not you've got a little baker or a burgeoning chef on your hands, this fun, feel-good activity is a great project for winter break. With a focus on food and family memories, this unique keepsake — your own family cookbook — will help your child practice writing, illustrating, and presenting information in a nice layout. 

Make a pop-up book

One of the most popular activities on our site! Our quick, easy-to-use guide walks kids through the steps to write and illustrate their very own pop-up book.

Create a family memory book

A cross between journalism and scrapbooking, creating a family memory book is a great way to get your child talking to aunts, uncles, and grandparents over the holidays. In this activity, your child interviews family members and friends about what it was like when your child was in first grade (or younger). Writing up the answers, picking pictures, and putting together the book itself, your child will get to practice speaking, listening, writing, and creating aesthetically pleasing presentations.

Word up

Caption madness! If you've been trying to get your child to think of writing as fun — and not a chore — Word up may be just the trick. Let your child pick a set of pictures and then write captions for each one, be they descriptive, creative, or just plain silly.

Create a comic book

What's your child's favorite funny family story? Can he create a comic book about it? Using digital photos of what happened, drawing software, scanned-in hand-drawn pictures, or some combo of the three, your child can use word processing software to create a reenactment of a favorite tale in the form of a comic book. In addition to the creativity and fun, your child will get practice crafting dialogue and writing people's thoughts and words in speech bubbles.

Seed detectives

Having a seed is one property of fruit. Doing this science worksheet, called "Seed detectives," gives your child the chance to learn about the seeds in fruit. For a hands-on twist, cut open fruit at your house to count and compare the seeds!

Name that leaf

Are the leaf's edges jagged? Is the leaf long and thin? This science worksheet, called Name that leaf, gives your child experience using a branching diagram to figure out what kind of leaves are shown.

Melting vs. Dissolving

What's the difference between melting and dissolving? This science worksheet, called, Melting vs. dissolving, teaches your child how to determine whether a matter's change of state indicates melting or dissolving.

Our favorite writing worksheets

Give your child's writing a quick boost! From contractions to prefixes to word games and writing and editing stories, here are five of our favorite writing worksheets for your:
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Our favorite math worksheets

Keep your child number-nible — and avoid math learning loss over the break — with our five favorite math worksheets for your:
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