How to Keep Children Focused During and After Winter Holidays

Without a doubt, the winter holiday season is the most beautiful time of the year. It’s the perfect time to unwind and relax, especially after a stressful year. Both adults and children can finally have a well-deserved break, and hopefully a brief escape from this pandemic-filled world. Spending quality time with family, cooking, baking, and enjoying the crisp, cold air are all wonderful activities everyone can partake in. And if the weather is snowy where you live, it’s pretty much a dream come true for your winter holiday.

However, with this sudden schedule change, also comes disruption. Even though we get a break from our usual routine, it can become difficult to get any work done after the holidays, especially for people with ADHD. Adults can slip back into their routine pretty quickly, but some children tend to struggle in this area. To avoid this, we have to make sure to keep both ourselves and our children busy during the holidays, but we shouldn’t make holiday activities difficult chores for kids.

As long as we include some fun and engaging plans throughout our children’s vacation, they should be fine. Here at Da Vinci Collaborative, we want to share with you a few tips and tricks on how to keep your kids engaged during the holidays, and how to prepare them for school once vacation is over.

1. Involve them in household activities

Everyone knows that prepping for a holiday feast requires a lot of planning and a whole lot of work. The bigger your family, the bigger the celebration. We need all the help we can get, and involving our little ones with gift-wrapping and cookie-making can ease both our workload, and ensure they have a good time. Just make sure every household activity you involve them in is fun, interactive and keeps them in the holiday spirit.

2. Play some games

Nothing sharpens the minds of children and helps them focus better than some fun and challenging games. Get the whole family together and play some board games. Teach your kids your favorite games and they might just fall in love with them. Try suggesting puzzles, as well, or play some fun video games together. You can also play outdoor games if the weather is friendly enough.

3. Go outside

Speaking of outdoor games, try taking your children out for a walk or a hike, especially if it’s snowy outside. Fresh air and nature can do wonders for everybody. A fun exercise session or a snowball fight can tire out any kid and have them sleeping like a baby. A few outdoor trips can guarantee that once they get back to school, they’re energized and prepared to tackle new tasks. If the weather is really bad outside, try some indoor activities, visit museums, go to the cinema, and so on.

4. Read together

Make sure you have some fun books at your disposal and read with your children. Reading with the little ones can be a pleasant activity, especially if you grab a few blankets and brew some tea. Make it a habit during the holidays. You don’t have to do it every day, but read together at least a couple of times every week. Set an achievable goal, like finishing a book in at least 2 weeks.

5. Relax

Activities are fun, but remember to take time and relax. Doing nothing and just watching a movie is perfectly fine from time to time. It gives you and your children time to recharge and enough rest to tackle the next day’s festive activities. Rest is important, so make sure you don’t overbook yourself or your child with countless activities to cause frustration.


Combining all of these activities can help your children recharge during the holidays, as well as help them not fall into a slump and struggle when school starts. Fun activities and relaxation is the perfect combo to help your children increase their focus and also help them rest.

For more expert strategies and techniques, make sure to get in touch with us. We also provide tutoring and mental health services. If you have any questions about what we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can walk you through each of our services in great detail.

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