12 Days of Winter Break

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On the first day of winter break, Helen Plum gave to me 12 days of winter activities! 

Our Youth Services Department has put together these resources for your family to learn about local and national events, different ways to explore library resources, and, most importantly, make memories. 

1st Day of Winter Break: December 26 

2nd Day of Winter Break: December 27 

  • Spend some time thinking about things that make you feel thankful. Then make a thank you card for a family member, friend, or neighbor.  

  • You can enjoy books and learn languages through storytelling with over 200 digital books in 50+ languages with Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

  • Test your skills with the Ice Arch Challenge and see if you can make an arch using only ice. 

3rd Day of Winter Break: December 28 

  • Have a movie marathon! Gather blankets, pillows, and snacks while you watch a great selection of movies. Check out one of our Binge Boxes for an easy lineup.  

  • Stop by the Youth Services Department to get out of the cold and moving with our Playful Path! 

4th Day of Winter Break: December 29 

  • There doesn’t need to be snow on the ground when you can create your own snow at home! 

  • If there is snow outside, use a stick to trace letters and shapes in the snow. No snow? Use the recipe for fake snow or a small amount of flour on a baking tray and trace with your finger.  

5th Day of Winter Break: December 30 

  • Make your own special bookmark from a favorite greeting card. 

  • Bring the zoo to you with these 6 live webcams from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. You can see giant pandas, elephants, lions, and more. 

  • Play bookish charades. Write your favorite book characters on slips of paper. Try to act them out without using words. 

6th Day of Winter Break: December 31 

7th Day of Winter Break: January 1 

  • Create a vision board for yourself or create one as a family to document all the things you wish for in 2023! 

  • Do you want to be more creative in the new year? Log into Creativebug with your library card and sign up for the Daily Drawing Challenge. You'll learn a new pattern each day.

  • Walk into the New Year! Go for a wintry walk to celebrate the new year. Use this winter scavenger hunt to make it a game.  

8th Day of Winter Break: January 2 

  • Want to create a fun way to get together with friends? Discover our book club discussion guides, now online

  • Check out one of our parachutes from the Library or use a sheet at home for these fun parachute games great for all ages. 

9th Day of Winter Break: January 3 

  • Have an indoor snowball fight! Use crumpled-up paper as snowballs. 

10th Day of Winter Break: January 4 

  • Get some silliness out with this movement cube.  

  • Take a virtual tour of an amazing wintry attraction, the ice castles

  • Use bubble solution to make beautiful frozen bubbles outside. The outside temperature needs to be below 32°F to work. The colder, the better!   

11th Day of Winter Break: January 5 

  • In this experiment you will magically lift an ice cube using only a string and salt.  

  • Create your own board game with one of these customizable templates from Scholastic Teachables. Search “Game Board Template”. 

  • Sing with Carnegie Hall inspires families to move and sing classic playtime songs and discover new music from cultures around the globe. 

12th Day of Winter Break: January 6 

  • Use elements found in nature to create a frozen suncatcher

  • Be kind and shovel someone’s sidewalk.  

  • Explore More Illinois allows HPL cardholders to get free and discounted admission to museums and other attractions throughout the state. Reserve and print or download your passes from home. 

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