This blog is courtesy of Jenny Wise from Special Home Educator.
We all know what it’s like to be stuck indoors because of rainy weather. It can throw a wrench in your plans and make you feel sleepy all day, and it can be especially dreary for homeschooled kids. But your child’s rainy day doesn’t have to be a drag. There are plenty of activities to do that are both fun and educational.
Here are 5 engaging indoor activities to try with your kid the next time you have inclement weather.
Science experiments are some of the easiest activities to pull off indoors. They’re a great way for your child to learn something new, and a lot of the activities require only minimal equipment and ingredients. For instance, with some dry active yeast, hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, food coloring, and a few kitchen utensils, your kid can make their own elephant’s toothpaste. Other examples of simple and fun activities include: making a glass of lava, making rainbow magic milk, building challenges with Legos, and Jenga challenges.
If your child has an artistic side, music or art lessons could be a hit. Nowadays, you can find high-quality tutorials and classes online through video conferencing, either for free or for a reasonable rate. Not only are these a great activity for rainy weather, but online tutorials are the most convenient you will find, since you don’t have to leave your home to learn. Research your options with free tutorial videos, as well as various private teachers and companies that offer lessons.
When you think of scavenger hunts, you may immediately think of the outdoors, but you can have a scavenger hunt in your home that’s just as fun. Invite a few friends over, hide some items throughout the home, and make a list of the items to give to each child. To add an educational element, include some items that the kids may not be familiar with, which will require them to do extra reading and identify colours. Be sure that all items can be safely gathered by all the kids, and make the last item on the list the hardest to find.
YouTube Exercise Videos
Need to sweat a bit? Look up some exercise videos on YouTube; you can either engage in the workouts with your kid, or take a break while they sweat it out! There are many different options for almost any kind of workout you can think of. For instance, this Shake Break video is a fun way for your toddler to get moving. For older kids who are looking for a more serious workout, this exercise video for kids and adults should suffice. If you like yoga, try this video by YogaToday!
Like scavenger hunts, this activity doesn’t require internet access. Making up stories is a great way to exercise your child’s imagination and build creative thinking skills, especially for children with special needs. Just gather some kids around a circle in the living room, and make sure you stay around to ensure the game goes smoothly. It’s best if the adult starts the story off with a sentence or two, then let the first kid continue the story with a sentence or two, then the second child, etc. If anyone has trouble giving their input, be ready to jump in to keep the story moving along. There are also hands-on storytelling activities that include play dough, sensory bins, baskets of items, and other educational objects; these work great both for groups and children who are by themselves.
Say no to drab rainy days from now on, and engage your child in fun and educational activities without leaving the house. Try one of the many science activities that can be done with just a few utensils and ingredients. Look online for music or art lessons. Get on YouTube, and do one of the many exercise videos available for kids of all ages. Invite some of your child’s friends over, and hold a scavenger hunt or storytelling activity. Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you have to be bored!
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