Winter Time is Family Learning Time!


With kids off school and parents home from work, the winter holidays are perfect for creating family time to play and learn together! ABC Life Literacy Canada offers these holiday family literacy tips to warm your heart—and feed your mind!



Family book snuggle: Gather the family together with a favourite holiday or winter book. Get cozy blankets and comfy chairs, then snuggle in and take turns reading aloud to one another.

Make your own cards and gift tags: Even young children can write or draw on a card to send to friends and family or on a gift tag for someone special.

Bake-off: Get the whole family involved in baking! Following a recipe is a great way to practice reading and comprehension skills. Measuring ingredients and following baking times are practical (and delicious!) applications of math skills.

Out and About: Take in a holiday show or visit a museum. Family outings offer fun learning opportunities—and make sure to read the theatre program and the exhibit descriptions together.

Make a list and check it twice: Grocery shopping can be a fun family literacy activity. Your child can write the holiday shopping list, read signs and labels as you make your way through the aisles, and count items as they go into the shopping cart.

Give the gift of literacy: Encourage literacy by giving books, games, drawing materials, magazine subscriptions and bookstore gift cards—gifts to enjoy all year long!

When you include fun learning activities in your family’s holiday time, everyone stays sharp and ready for the New Year. Find more family literacy tips and activities at