Winter Break is right around the corner! Parents are probably busy at work planning what the kids will be doing while out of school. While family time, travel or youth camps are important time investments, it is also essential to enrich your child’s day with learning. As a former elementary teacher, I know how a non-academic break can result in children, at every grade level, experiencing regression. Help your child stay motivated and challenged with this free printable!
To start: Download and print the pdf
Directions: Each marshmallow represents a different 15 minute reading challenge. Have your child choose any one of the reading challenges. I suggest at least one per day but they can do however many they’d like. Once they have completed a reading challenge, have them cut and glue the finished marshmallow to the mug of hot chocolate. Kids will love trying to get as many marshmallows as possible into their hot chocolate by the end of Winter Break. I also left four blank marshmallows so kids can come up with their own reading challenge!
Differentiation: Depending on age, adjust the 15 minute time requirement. For example, it might be more developmentally appropriate for a kindergartener to have to read for 10 minutes while a second grader should do 20 minutes.
Extension: When your child has completed their mug, you may want to congratulate them with a real cup of yummy hot chocolate. Better yet? Let them put in the same number of mini marshmallows in their hot chocolate as they completed on the reading challenge. Yum!
Winter Break Hot Chocolate Reading Challenge