Today is one of those rainy days where we are all stuck inside and the kids are going a little stir crazy. Thankfully we have these awesome tips from Jenny at Special Home Educator. Keep reading to learn some fun rainy day kids activities that will keep everyone happy (including mom)! Be sure to check out the Special Home Educator blog for more activities to do with your kids!
Cure Your Kids’ Rainy Day Blues With These Bright Tips
Does the sight of storm clouds send you into a panic? Dreading being stuck inside with bored kids on those rainy days? Nothing goes together like children and boredom on a rainy day, but if you’re looking for some creative ways to break the cycle of blues, you’ve come to the right place. With some creativity, a little planning and the power of the Internet, your kids will never be bored again when they are stuck inside during the rainy season. Keep on reading below for some fun, educational rainy day kids activities guaranteed to banish rainy day blahs:
Weave a Story Together
When your kiddos are stuck inside because of less than perfect weather, it can be challenging to keep them occupied. But you can arm yourself with engaging activities. One of the most satisfying ways to pass time with your children is to come up with a story together. Kids will absolutely love putting their imaginations to work, and you will love all the creative ideas they come up with. This impromptu storytelling is a fantastic way to encourage writing skills and develop communication abilities in the process.
Build Some Science Experiments
Relying on TV and video games to entertain kids isn’t always ideal during the rainy season. Try relying on some fun science-based lesson plans instead! Cultivating your children’s curiosity in science and experimentation will encourage productive problem-solving. You can use items that are already in your pantry to put together simple, entertaining science experiments for your kids. Children will love learning about physics by making their very own glass of lava, sans the scorching heat of course. Oil, salt and water are all you need to make this fun experiment come to life, but you can add food coloring to make it a more vibrant experience.
Create Works of Art
If you’re keen on those popular paint and pour classes, you know how relaxing it can be to express your creativity. Children can benefit from creative projects, too. Art, whether it’s drawing, painting or sculpting homemade clay, is a positive way for children to explore their creativity and express themselves through physical medium. To keep your art sessions stress-free, use washable paints and materials, or be sure to cover your floors to protect them from spills. Frame their masterpieces so you’ll have memories of all the wonderful time you spent inside together.
Work Those Muscles
Physical play is important for kids, as it is the best form of exercise to burn off all that extra energy. But if your children are pent up inside due to bad weather, play may not seem like an option. To prevent energy from building up, and causing you stress, search online for some interactive exercise videos that will get your kids moving. If your kids love music and love to dance, look up some dance tutorials to get them up and off the couch. They will enjoy learning moves to popular dance videos, and you will love getting rid of all the extra energy your little ones seem to always have.
Settle Little Minds
Whew! After all the storytime, experiments and fun activities, your kids are going to be exhausted (insert fist pump here). Rainy days are a perfect time to help them catch up on their sleep and get in some quality naptime. To help them unwind, use calming breathing exercises or take them through a gentle yoga sequence. Yoga can also help kids rest by relieving growing pains and increasing flexibility, and there are quite a few fun, kid-friendly routines online. You can also try giving your kids some healthy snacks to help them stay asleep and help you get some napping in as well.
Keeping your kids entertained during the rainy season can seriously help you keep your sanity. So use these educational, engaging activities to beat boredom in your home and make kids look forward to those cold, rainy days spent indoors.
Guest post by Jenny Wise at Special Home Educator
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