A common problem that many parents have when the weather is bad is bored children. Thankfully, the Internet has a vast wealth of ideas and tutorials to help you plan activities for your kids that are educational and fun, even when school isn’t running. Here are five ways for your kids to engage their brains productively using online resources.
1. Get the wiggles out
There are YouTube videos for working out with your kids. This gives you a chance to stretch, get your pulse up, or do a little strength training as well. One way to get your kids up and moving? Turn on some upbeat music to get grooving. Bonus points if they know the words.
Some parents manage to sneak working out into daily chores. This can be an activity that requires a little incentive. You can choose the incentive, whether it’s 30 minutes of TV time or a small treat with their lunch.
2. Draw on something new
Drawing allows children to enter a creative world regardless of age or interests. According to the Atlantic, researchers have even recognized that the scribbles and drawings of very young children are full of creative instinct and intention. This is doesn’t require you to have any artistic ability. Just look at different tutorials designed for children and let them do their work.
This can also be a good chance to introduce your kids to writing letters of the alphabet or learning about numbers and basic mathematical processes. Early exposure can help them get a head start when they start school, and can build lasting self-confidence.
3. Fight boredom with educational games
Research shows it: playing games, online or off, can be very beneficial for children. Some of the benefits of playing games include improvements in memory, increased skill-building capacity, and better strategic planning and problem-solving.
That being said, not all games give the best opportunities for children to learn. Finding a game that is well suited for your child will depend on their age, academic interests or abilities. Some games that teach or encourage reading are particularly beneficial.
4. Give science a try
Any parent who has worked on teaching their child knows the difficulty of getting their child to maintain interest. Science lessons are interactive enough to help cement important scientific concepts. One activity involves elephant toothpaste, which uses yeast, hydrogen peroxide, and water to teach about catalysts and chemical reactions. Want another magical experiment? You and your lil’ mad scientists can make their own glass of lava. The ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’ also will help your kids forget that there inside because of bad weather. The trick is on them because your kid is learning something new.
According to Time, reading up on the experiments that you do beforehand can help you answer questions your kids might have. It also can introduce them to clear, yet deeper explanations of what is happening.
5. Make music
Research has shown that music can speed up the brain development of children. Figuring out the right instrument can be tough, so teach your child about instruments and talk with them about what they might be interested in. Many instrument shops or schools allow you to rent an instrument for a small price each month, so these are a financially viable option. The clarinet or saxophone can be fun instruments in particular, as they’re easy to adapt to and learn on.
You can find local music teachers, but if you’re hoping to save some money on music lessons, look no further than YouTube or other online video resources. You can find lessons from trained professionals and experienced musicians to help your child make beautiful music. Learning to play a woodwind instrument helps your child with coordination and discipline. If your budding artist needs practice, he or she can even follow along with some videos on their clarinet and maybe even reproduce the introduction to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” If you haven’t chosen a particular instrument, perhaps watching a few videos may encourage your little one to make a ‘sound’ decision.
These are just a few educational options for your children. As you try them out with your children, see what works best for them and ignites their imagination. They’ll learn all sorts of things and have fun while they’re doing it. It takes some trial and error, but you’ll make memories together and maybe you’ll even learn some new things yourself.