Daily Archives: January 1, 2013

Defeat the Winter Doldrums

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Call it the winter doldrums or cabin fever, but there’s no denying that winter canTheLegoAdventureBook leave both kids and parents feeling restless or bored.  When you’ve had enough of reading, try some of these activities to beat the winter blues while still practicing reading skills:

  1. Building with blocks. Studies have shown that building with blocks supports reading skills.  Many of our libraries host Lego Club.  Or take home TheLegoIdeasBooksome books and have a Lego-building marathon:
    The Lego Adventure Book: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More!
    The Lego Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination
  2. Walk in a winter wonderland. Take a walk around your neighborhood or even visit a nature center. Talk ExploreWinterwith young children about what they see and hear to help build vocabulary. Help an older child create a nature journal. Check out these books that will help you discover the sights and sounds of the winter landscape:
    Explore Winter!
    Snowflake Bentley
  3. Make your own winter Olympics. Kids practice listening WinterDayPlayskills and sequencing when playing games. These books are full of activities for indoors and out:
    The Kids Winter Handbook
    Winter Day Play! Activities, Crafts and Games for Indoors and Out

- Lynn H., CADL Youth Services Specialist