Summer may be here, but that doesn’t mean the weather’s perfect. Getting stuck inside the house during any time of year can be tough on a child. But on those rainy days, you can help your child enjoy some fun and educational online activities.
Burning Off Some Energy
Children need physical activity. Their bodies are growing fast, and they need exercise to stay healthy as well as burn off some of that excess energy.
Livestrong.com explains that children and teens need at least 60 minutes of exercise every day. To help their health and energy levels, let your child explore some online exercise videos. This is a great way for kids to get some physical activity despite not being able to play outside. All you need is a computer screen and some space for kids to exercise.
The Realistic Mama lists several great videos for young kids. These include some dancing, exercises, and even yoga. Although these are meant for children, you could dance and stretch alongside your child to turn it into a family activity. Because they are designed for children, these exercises are appropriate for their growing bodies.
Making Learning Fun
While getting some exercise is important, so is learning. Instead of letting your child play video games all day, you can turn to the internet again for some fun, educational activities.
One idea is to conduct some safe science experiments in your own home. You’ll usually need to buy a few items beforehand (like child-sized safety glasses), but they can really combine learning and silliness in a wonderful way. For example, Earth Science Jr. has an experiment called “Elephant’s Toothpaste” where kids mix a few safe ingredients to create a weird but fun reaction!
Math tends to be easier to understand when it has real-world applications, so take advantage of the vast resources of the internet to find some fun ways to sharpen kids’ math skills. HomeAdvisor has great educational resources online for children of all ages. Some examples include using your home’s architecture to teach math concepts, learning ratios through cooking tasty treats, and even creating a budget for a future salary.
Inside learning is not limited to science and math. Parents.com lists several great but educational websites for kids, such as National Geographic Kids for geography, BrainPOP for history, and Funbrain for literacy skills.
Being Safe on the Internet
Although there is a lot to get from websites and online videos, you and your children have to be careful when using the internet. From virus to identity theft, you have to be smart when online. Since your children likely do not know how to do that yet, Safekids.com recommends you go over some online safety rules.
For example, your children must never give out personal information such as their address, phone number, or the name of their school. Older kids need to be reminded to never meet anyone they met only online. Cyberbullying is a risk, so explain to your kids how they must come to you if anyone is being unfair, mean, or teasing.
Article by Jenny Wise (Rainy-Day Activities for Kids).