You would most likely agree that your kids get a bit stir crazy during those long rainy days; the only thing that seems to keep them occupied is staring at their television screen whilst they play their newest video game. As a parent, you know that you cannot let this activity last from dawn until dusk, so it can be a challenge to find suitable alternatives. In my opinion, there is nothing better than something that entertains your kids at the same time as educating them.
To help you to get through the next bout of bad weather, especially during the summer holidays, here are a few suggestions and ideas that you could test...
Arts and crafts
Have your kids made anything to decorate their bedrooms or your fridge lately? Or perhaps you think it would be nice if they made a homemade card for an upcoming occasion. Either way, it could the perfect chance to get out the arts and craft supplies – just remember to put some newspaper down on the table first. Pipe cleaners, paints, crayons and paper will all be essential, so make sure you have enough of this in the home before the rainy days come along. For a bit of educational fun, get them to accurately paint the colour wheel so they can find out which colours complement others.
When it comes to science for kids, Pencil Street has a whole range of different resources that you might find helpful. Of course, kids love to do interactive activities, so bring what you read to life by doing a few experiments within the home. Think back to your own school days and see what you can bring into a controlled environment, without the use of Bunsen burners. Try making electric circuits with different foodstuffs and see which conducts better. Good items to start with include potatoes and lemons.
Dress up and act
Kids love getting into character, although they more commonly do this on their games consoles than in real life. Why don’t you change this pattern by having a dress up day at home, and then getting your kids to make up a little show based on their characters? Imagination is a wonderful thing, and this should encourage creativity later on in their lives too. Not only that, but they will learn how to gain confidence when presenting to other people which is a valuable skill.
Watch TV together
This may sound a bit counterproductive, but it is all about watching the right programmes and interacting with your children about them. During the daytime there are shows such as Countdown which can be brilliant inspiration for number and word games; perhaps set them an anagram challenge once the episode has finished. There are also plenty of news programmes and specially tailored children’s shows which may also be appropriate. For a bit more light-hearted entertainment, why don’t you watch reruns of Family Fortune and see if you can guess the answers before they are revealed?
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