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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