Every parent knows what it’s like to have your kids fighting boredom on days when the weather keeps them inside. While loading them up with junk food and giving them the TV remote is an easy fix, there are other options for things they can do that are fun and educational. Here are five of the best online activities to make sure the rain doesn’t extinguish your kid’s fun.
YouTube Exercise Videos
If you’re wanting to get your kids off the couch and moving, there are several exercise videos on YouTube that will do the trick. The popular “Just Dance” video games are fun for adults and kids alike. If getting access to the game is not an option, you can find some of the songs on YouTube. “Shake Break” is another great video for parents who need to take a break while their kids get a workout. Just turn it on and let the puppets, Zach and Reggie, guide your kids to physical fitness! Looking for a fitness class without all the goofiness? There are also plenty of free workout videos that cater more to adults and older children.
Online music lessons are another great way to keep your kids occupied on rainy days. There are many benefits to online tutorials. Some websites charge a subscription fee for their videos, but there are many that offer tutorials for free. Many people bypass the lessons and teach themselves. Kids who have the ear for it can pull up songs on YouTube and play by imitation. Learning an instrument is a fun and productive way for your kid to pass the time, and who knows, maybe it will spark a passion that will stay with them for the rest of their life!
Like music lessons, there are several free art tutorials available online. Such lessons provide clear, step-by-step instructions for painting and drawing, and they are designed to inspire the artist (or artist-to-be) to take their creative abilities to the next level. You should be able to find lessons on a variety of mediums and subject matter; there’s something for everyone.
Real Estate Lesson Plans
One of the most all-around educational activities your kids can do is to learn about real estate. As Redfin points out, “Real estate is a complex field that requires skills in math, science, English, social studies and home economics. By incorporating real estate-based lessons into your curriculum, you can help students gain valuable skills in practical math application, presentation giving, forming a persuasive argument, earth science and so much more.” You can find real estate lessons online for grades K-12 that will help your kids apply the concepts they learn to real-life situations, and it can also be a way to teach them financial disciplines at a young age.
Another way to teach and entertain your kids while it’s raining is through science activities. With only a few ingredients, they can make their own elephant toothpaste, in which they can witness the fluffy foam of yeast and hydrogen peroxide reacting. Experimenting with rainbow magic milk is another fun way to see a scientific reaction. Doing a building exercise with Legos will encourage your children to work on their creativity and problem solving skills, and a Jenga challenge will require your kid to practice concentration and strategy.
If your kid has the rainy-day blues or is spending too much time watching Netflix, there’s something you can do about it. Exercise videos, music and art tutorials, real estate lesson plans, and science activities are all fun and educational options. With these activities at your disposal, maybe you and your kid won’t ever dread rainy days again!
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Everyone is aware there are benefits both healthwise and mentally in learning a musical instrument. It has been said the piano is a gateway to all music, so what are some of the benefits in learning to play the piano?
Reduces stress – Something that plagues not just adults nowadays! Playing the piano allows you to get away from daily stress where you can focus on the music. Some of the most beautiful musical pieces have been written for the piano and it is believed piano lessons can help decrease depression, and subsequently induce positive mind states.
Calm the mind – Hand in hand with the previous benefit, reducing stress calms the mind, this subsequently improves mental health. Research has shown people who create and play music experience less depression, anxiety and loneliness and also experience improved self-esteem.
Piano playing promotes better performance at school - Research has also shown students who studied piano for 3 years or longer scored higher in general and spatial cognitive tests and children who studied the piano for a few years could remember twenty percent more vocabulary words than other students. Piano lessons have also been shown to improve a child’s ability to listen, focus, and learn and can help children finish projects quicker and more efficiently.
Develops hand/eye coordination – With having to both read the music and play at the same time this trains your eyes and hands to work effectively together. Also in playing each hand performs different movements and needs to learn to work independently but together thus stimulating multiple parts of the brain.
Aids in language development – As mentioned above learning the piano can increase the vocabulary range of a child which in turn aids language development and also in learning foreign languages. Also the brain activity acquired when young through music will continue to benefit into adulthood.
It is easy to play - When a student starts to learn an instrument like the guitar or trumpet, there’s a huge learning curve in the early stages which are not present when learning the piano. When learning a wind or brass instrument the use of facial muscles and shaping of the lips can take time to master, or learning how to build calluses on fingers for playing guitar takes time. Piano is also intuitive to learn.
Inspires creativity - Playing the piano requires you to be creative and thus use both sides of your brain. By having to use both hand and eye helps in the development of creative thinking. This will also aid in being able to think outside the box and have clearer problem solving skills.
Playing the Piano Brings Joy - The piano can be hauntingly beautiful. Whether you are playing it yourself or just listening piano music can bring great joy.
So are you a working parent or a stay at home Mum or Dad? Or perhaps you are a work from home parent like here at Linku2 Support Office (which is why we can't seem to get regular on our blog posts!!)
As we know there are always two sides to the argument as to the benefits of both. After all if you are a stay at home parent then you are always available to support and be with your child. One of the main times this is of benefit is when your child is sick. However, it's not always an advantage to either of you if you spend too much time together.
Parents do need different stimulation than their child and the child benefits hugely from spending time with their own age group and in different surroundings. Even stay at home parents should send their child to preschool or a stimulating holiday programme both for the child to learn and develop and just as much for time out for the parent!
For those parents who have no choice but to work full time, it isn't necessarily a bad thing for the child. Full time in a preschool or after school programme and choosing a variety of holiday programmes and activities can be very beneficial in their development and the lack of time during the week away from parents can be made up for if you spend real quality family time with your children at the weekends either getting out and about doing some great local activities or just being at home reading, talking, cooking or sharing tasks and when you are able to get away on holidays.
When looking for a school holiday programme look for either one that offers a wide variety of activities to interest and stimulate your child, otherwise perhaps focus on a specific interest of theirs and run with that. For example they may be mad on drama and so a programme teaching the acting and theatre skills and experience can be great and often these have a show at the end where they can proudly show to you what they have learned over the programme dates.
Otherwise a sport is always good for them. There's a wide range of opportunities from soccer programmes to trampolining and tennis. Or just get them out in the great outdoors or completing a craft.
There's a real focus from most programme managers to get the kids away from the computers and smart phones and back to the good old basics for stimulation like getting dirty, building things, creating and really using their imaginations.
If you have any thoughts on working or stay at home scenarios or particular holiday or term classes and programmes you feel are worthy of a mention please do let us know ...
So who doesn't love a fun park? Well perhaps Mum might not be so keen on some of those rides but the kids seem to have no fear! Here is just a small selection of fun parks and other great activities to enjoy as a family either these holidays or anytime really!
Puzzling World, Wanaka - Welcome to Wanaka’s wonderful world of weirdness! Since 1973, the bizzare buildings, rooms of illusion and famous maze have baffled brains and challenged perceptions of reality. Offering a great day out for all ages and with affordable, world unique entertainment makes Puzzling World a must-see when in the Wanaka area ...
188 Wanaka-Luggate Highway, Wanaka, Otago - Ph: 03 443 7489 - www.puzzlingworld.co.nz
Being summer we can't look past Splash Planet in Hastings! Open every day this is a seriously fun way to beat the summer heat! With a wide range of rides such as the sky castle screamer, the double dipper and the never ending river you can also enjoy bumper boats, kayaks and the pirate run obstacle course!
Staying with the theme of keeping cool in the summer heat you could take a trip to the quirky theme park The Waterworks in Coromandel Town. With features such as the water clock, the music box, Mr Bones and water cannons the kids (and adults) are guaranteed lots of fun. Dog friendly and with BBQ facilities it's great for a day out ...
For those who love a bit of adventure why not head along to Action World in Paihia with Tarzan swings, flying trapeze and jousting pole this is just a small part of the great activities all safe with a specially developed airbag landing system! There's also bungy jumping, a waterslide, high wire and lots more - let the kids feel as if they are part of the circus!!
Another great spot for family entertainment and activities is to visit Silverdale Adventure Park in North Auckland. Great fun including a downhill luge, dual zipline, tube slide and opportunities for off road experiences. There's also plenty for the little ones including the Cosmic Playzone and Mini Moon Buggies!
If you like to be aMAZEd why not check out the Odyssey Sensory Maze with locations in both Auckland and Queenstown where you try to find your way out of the maze whilst experiencing challenging spaces, quirky physical obstacles, illusions, lighting effects, scents, sound effects and strange sensations!! It really is something quite unique and fun for all the family.
So the Christmas break is over but the school holidays go on ... just a reminder about some of the fabulous services that support us on the North Shore and Hibiscus Coast with great activities or programmes for you to enjoy ...
For those lucky ones who don't start back at work until next week get out now and enjoy some family time these holidays with Horse Riding Warkworth, Ti Tree Hills Horse Treks or how about one of the fabulous holiday movies from Hoyts. Just released there is Monster Trucks, Ballerina and Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life ...
What about an outing with a difference and heading for loads of fun at Gloputt Minigolf indoor fun with a florescent twist ...
For those who have to head back to work and look for holiday fun for the kids there are loads of options. For those on the Hibiscus Coast how about checking out lots of great inhouse and outing activities with Fame Preschool, sporting activities with Kelly Sports or give cheerleading a try with All Star Infinity in Silverdale.
For those on the Shore get the kids into our beautiful outdoors with those things we all used to do as kids and join Conscious Kids or give them an opportunity to see if they want to learn to ride and spend time with horses with Headway Equestrian. Alternatively go the opposite, get the kids indoors and learning a great skill whilst having loads of fun with Snowplanet or another great sporting activity with learning fun and safe moves with North Shore Trampoline .
If you have any contact with kids with mild disabilities keep in mind Headway Equestrian can offer them great opportunities with lead rein rides, lessons and pony sessions.
Otherwise if you want to spend time with the kids just doing some of the simple things in life then take a look at our blog post from our Linku2 Childcare site from 19 December offering a variety of ideas on free things to do with fun fitness ideas for kids.
Whatever you do, or wherever you go enjoy the holidays, enjoy summer and enjoy the kids ...
Aren't school holidays one of those things as a parent you find yourself continuously saying "Surely it can't be holidays again already!"
Yes they come around four times a year and whilst for some they are a joy to stop and spend quality and relaxed time with the kids, for most this isn't always the case, particularly for those families with two working parents!
Linku2 School Holidays is designed to bring you links, not only to school holiday programmes in your area, but also great fun activities and places to go for great holiday fun!
As we get ourselves off the ground around New Zealand we can already offer you some fabulous options if you live in the North Shore or Hibiscus Coast region of Auckland and over time we will expand options right across New Zealand.
We are of course now in the throws of our fabulous long summer holidays. Great time over the Christmas period for family fun and we'll let you know about some great things to do but the kids, of course, don't head back to school until early February and so many will be looking for programmes from the new year onwards.
So as you look for fun things to do over Christmas why not consider heading out as a family to Horse Riding Warkworth for a fun farm adventure and trek through native bush. How about Gloputt Minigolf for a family challenge and to get out of the hot sun (or rain as the case often is at Christmas!). If the sun is shining the views are to die for on a trek with Ti Tree Hills Horse Treks or of course you can't go past the great movies on right now at Hoyts with cinemas in Whangaparaoa, Wairau Park and Berkeley in Takapuna including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the great Dreamworks, Trolls! Check out all the great movies for the holidays, including those released in January ...
We will be back in the new year with a regular weekly blog letting you know about lots more great things to do so make sure you Join Us and keep up to date. In the meantime a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays with all your family ...
They come around four times a year and next thing you know holidays are here again! We keep you up to date on great holiday activities, school holiday programmes, different ways to keep the whole family entertained, also term time topics, and educational advice and support!