The rain is tough on kids. When they’re stuck in the house, they get bored and that can make them cranky. And, you don’t want them watching TV all day. What can you do that will get them moving and help them to have fun? Here are some interesting indoor activities that will keep your kids engaged.
Get Them Moving
The worst part about a rainy day is that the kids get sedentary. You want them up and moving, but how can you get them started? These activities will keep their blood flowing:
YouTube Exercise Videos
Simply head over to YouTube and search “kid exercise videos.” In fact, if you do this for yoga, some amazing kid-themed videos come up! Here are some great tips on how to teach yoga to kids in grades K-6.
This is a great time to load up a video game focused on dancing. If you don’t have one, search “kid dance routines” to find some great videos that teach choreography from famous songs by artists such as Katy Perry or Justin Timberlake. Check out this routine for “Can’t Stop The Feeling.”
Gross Motor Skill Routines
If you want something a little more focused on motor development, this post from What Moms Love has a whopping 87 activities to burn energy, including a neat game with different kinds of walking.
Help Them Learn
Maybe you’d like your rainy day to have some educational elements. That’s great but you might want to keep it light with these activities:
Learning music can be easy if you have an iPad or tablet. Most apps cost only a few dollars and there are tons of levels. Check out these music teaching apps for the iPad from Educators Technology.
If your child is really interested in learning fine art, there are some amazing drawing tutorials on the Internet. ThoughCo.com has a page dedicated to online drawing class, covering everything from beginner lessons to creating cartoons!
It’s easy to engage kids with science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) when you have exciting craft tutorials that you can whip up at home. Parents.com has some interesting STEM projects made from everyday objects that your kids will love. For example, your kids can make their own glass of lava from a few household items.
From toddler on up, all kids can learn cooking skills. Of course, the little ones can’t use knives or stoves, but they can learn to mix and measure – and get a dose of math, too. We recommend getting your child an apron – they empower kids to be confident in the kitchen! Learn what you need to teach your child at every age from Simple Most.
Some activities are great for bringing you all together and fostering communication, companionship and teamwork. Here are a few:
Gather everyone around to come up with a story together. You can create a theme and have each person pick up the story from the last person’s sentence. Or, go for an old-fashioned game of telephone. If your kids are too little for this, here are 12 creative storytelling activities from The Imagination Tree that you can try.
Break out the building blocks, Legos, and K’nex. Dump everything on the floor and compete to see who builds the best structure. Give out different awards –tallest building, best use of color, etc. – so no one feels left out.
You may already have a regular family game night. If you do, use your rainy day to try something you don’t often play or try a new card game. If not, this is a great way to begin a new tradition.
Rainy days don’t have to be boring. With a little creativity, you can get your kids moving, learning, and even bonding with each other. Who knows? They might even start to wish for rainy days.
indoor activities – https://plexusworldwide.com/sunnyshare/just-for-fun/entertaining-activities-when-its-raining
tips – http://www.teachkidshow.com/teach-your-child-yoga/
post – http://whatmomslove.com/kids/active-indoor-games-activities-for-kids-to-burn-energy/
apps – https://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/01/12-outstanding-music-teaching-and.html
page – https://www.thoughtco.com/free-online-drawing-classes-1098200
projects – https://www.parents.com/kids/education/math-and-science/5-fun-stem-crafts-for-kids/