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7 Cold Weather Activities That Involve Books

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Halloween’s over, and with a combination of sadness and relief, our thoughts are now turning to the winter months.

As the temps dip and the days get shorter , families are moving from an outdoor focus to more of an indoor one. No matter where you live, colder seasons are perfect for reading old classic books and enjoying new ones. As much as we love reading at Jump Into a Book, we are also always looking for ways to turn reading from a solitary act to one the whole family can get involved in. If you follow JIAB, you’ve heard me speak of the act of “bookjumping” often. Bookjumping is the act of pulling books off shelves and stories off pages. With that in mind, here’s my list of Cold Weather Activities That Involve Books.

Go to the library…or create your own! The library can be a family’s best friend during the winter time, but you can also get creative and create your own! Check out this past post about Little Free Libraries.

Get into the Kitchen: Bread baking has always been a favorite in our family and the comfort and warmth of smelling bread baking in the oven is hard to beat. Check out my recipe for Happy Sun Bread and Dragon Bread and the books they are based on.

Happy Sun Bread

Dragon Bread

Word Games & Brain Teasers: The brain is a muscle and it needs work out too. Create time to play fun word games, try trivia, practice your story re-telling skills and enjoy good, clean jokes for kids.

Play with Paper: Books have inspired our family to do some fun and creative things with folded paper. Activities like creating the Cootie Catcher from the book Holes, Tangrams from Grandfather Tang , creating origami for kids and making a paper quilts inspired by The Quilt Story paper can be such a fun, inexpensive and versatile tool!


Learn About our History: Despite what some young readers might think, history is not dry and boring. Family-friendly reenactments of moments in our history make for excellent learning experiences while keeping the cold weather boredom monster at bay. Great JIAB posts that are rich in history would include this one about the Good Ol US of A, life during the “buffalo days” , celebrating our 4th of July traditions, and exploring the lives of inspiring people like Helen Keller.

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Play with Nature: Even when the weather is cold, nature still can be a great teacher. Reading books based on nature helps to bring the outside IN and keep young mind stimulated. No matter what time of year it is, there are always stars in the sky. Practice learning and studying the night’s sky or bring the outside in with some fun fort building activities.

Tap into Your Inner Sleuth: Kids and mysteries go hand-in-hand and what better way to pass the time on a dreary day than with your home-grown version of a “whodunit!” Lucky for parents, there are so many wonderful kidlit mystery books out there. Discover the mysteries of Camp Green Lake in the book Holes, enjoy some intrigued from The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and delve into some super sleuthing of K.C. Corcoran and her pal, Marshall Li in Ron Roy’s Capital Mystery series.



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