Fun and educational activities for winter break!

Winter break is here but learning doesn’t have to stop! We’re sharing IXL lessons and tools that are perfect for keeping students’ brains active while school is out. Read about our winter learning plans and other fun, knowledge-building activities to try below.

Go on a Winter Adventure

Our Winter Adventure learning plans are loaded with 20 days of math and English language arts content that cover essential skills. The plans cover skills in grades K-8 and will keep minds primed all winter long. Read this blog post to learn more or visit our skill plans page to see all of our Winter Adventure math and ELA activities! 

Keep Real-Time Diagnostic stats fresh

For personalized skills to practice through the holidays, have your children answer questions in the Real-Time Diagnostic. After working on questions in the diagnostic, IXL will provide students with an action plan full of skills tailored specifically to their strengths and weaknesses. For extra motivation, offer a fun reward if your learner completes their diagnostics before heading back to school!

Start a book club 

Curling up by the fireplace and cracking open a book during winter break is a great way to improve your child’s literacy skills—not to mention avoid the frigid temperatures outside! While reading books solo helps learners study the art of storytelling, doing it with friends makes the experience all the more fun. Recruit a handful of children and their parents to participate in a virtual book club, tee up a few questions, and let the thoughtful discussion flow!

Hone math skills on’s math games and worksheets are a fun way for learners to keep their skills sharp and start the new year strong! Try out these holiday-themed math activities:

Stargaze with your family

Thousands of years ago constellations told farmers when to harvest crops and helped sailors navigate the seas. Many constellations take the form of objects or animals, and you don’t need a telescope to see them! 

Check out this list to see what each constellation looks like, then take your children outside on a clear night and look towards the stars for a real-world science lesson. Can they spot any of the 88 constellations in the night sky? 

To continue testing your child’s knowledge of the constellations, try out this quiz from National Geographic!

Study art history in Paris

The Louvre, home to famous works including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, is the world’s largest art museum and a historical monument in Paris. The museum offers several virtual tours so children can visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries. See Egyptican antiquities, the remains of the Louvre’s moat, Mona Lisa, and much more!