Today, we welcome Jenny Wise (guest blogger) to My Happy Homestead. Jenny is a stay at home, homeschooling mom to four beautiful children. In Jenny’s spare time she enjoys sewing, crocheting, and taking long walks on the beach.
When the weather turns nasty, many kids have trouble finding ways to entertain themselves. Being stuck inside all day is no fun, and when it starts to snow and there’s no school, moods can turn ugly very quickly.
Fortunately, there are several fun, easy ways you can entertain your children when they can’t get outside to play, and many of them are even educational. Whether they want to learn how to conduct a science experiment with household items or how to draw, there are tons of activities your children can do at home with the help of online tutorials, apps, and learning websites. Some of these can even help your children get ahead in school or at a minimum keep up when snow days keep them home.
Here are some great activities your kids can enjoy when the weather is less than desirable.
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Science Fun With Common Household Items
There are all kinds of fun experiments and activities your children can do with common household items, such as duct tape, water, building blocks, and resealable plastic baggies. Check out this article for ideas on lesson plans and challenges your children can do either on their own or with a little help.
Dance, dance, dance
Dance is wonderful for both boys and girls of all ages. Not only does it improve coordination and strength, it’s a fun way to exercise that will get kids moving. Consider finding fun YouTube tutorials or buying a game like “Dance Dance Revolution” that will keep your little ones motivated. If your television, computer, or sound system is outdated, think about upgrading to help your kids enjoy their exercise even more. But don’t shop until you’ve done your research. Go here for more information on the best home theater systems.
Learn a new language together
Learning a new language can be fun for both you and your child, and there are plenty of learning apps for smartphones and tablets so that you can learn anywhere, at anytime. Language can help children connect with other cultures and opens up their minds to new ideas, which can be really beneficial for their education. Kids as young as four or five years old can learn Spanish, Japanese, or French—among other languages—from award-winning programs. Read this article for tips on the best ones to try.
Take a trip around the world
Help your child learn about different cultures, nature, and animals around the world with these learning apps, some of which are for kids as young as age two. Including games to help with reading skills, geography, and writing, there are several apps for both Android and Apple devices that will get your child interested in learning.
Creativity is a wonderful thing, and most children have it in abundance. It’s important to foster those feelings and allow your children to try out different mediums, such as drawing, painting, and sculpting. Look online for some tutorials to help them bring out their imagination, and consider joining them so you can learn something new and work on being creative together.
Helping your children have fun when they can’t get outside to play will help boost their mood and allow them to stay on track with their schoolwork in some cases. Younger kids can benefit from learning apps that go over shapes, reading, matching, and rhyming. As an added bonus, many of these things can be done independently allowing mom or dad the time to focus on what he/she may need to get done.
Sometimes helping our children learn, grow, and have fun is just a quick search away.
This post was guest written by; Jenny Wise at specialhomeeducator.com
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