From Science to Baking: Indoor Activities for Kids
It’s here. That time of year when the weather turns, and you are more likely to see rain or snow outside your window than sun. While this may be great weather for curling up in front of the fire and watching a movie, it isn’t great weather for entertaining energetic children. The good news is that with a little creativity, there are great options for keeping your kids busy indoors.
Read on for ideas that create indoor fun while still keeping education in mind.
Mix Things Up – Literally!
Bring your kids into the kitchen and teach them a thing or two about cooking. While it might not seem like your kids can be much help, they will love experimenting in the kitchen. You may want to invest in some children’s nylon knives and a whisk or mixing spoon meant for their smaller grasp. These items will make them feel involved while also ensuring they stay safe.
If you need to get something done in the kitchen, you can give your budding chef some water and flour to practice stirring together. If you are feeling more ambitious, tackle a few recipes from Food Network which are specifically tailored for execution by kids.
Sneak in Science
A day indoors is a perfect time to introduce some simple science projects. From creating paper cup towers to learning about carbon dioxide while inflating balloons, there are an endless number of ideas for how to make science fun.
If you want to ensure that you always have great science projects at your fingertips, consider investing in a science kit. The Unbox suggests looking to a TinkerCrate for ongoing, educational fun. These are subscription kits, and you can control the frequency at which a new kit will show up at your doorstep. If you would rather avoid a subscription model, you can always stock up on a few science kits and tuck them away for a rainy day.
Use Screens for Education
Screen time can sometimes get a bad rap, but tablets and smartphones provide a plethora of educational entertainment options for kids. For example, The Independent points out Sesame Street is always an educational favorite. In addition to being able to stream episodes of Sesame Street on Amazon Prime, there are also Sesame Street educational apps you can download to your phone or tablet.
There are also subscription apps like ABCMouse that create a series of educational games and activities specifically tailored to your child’s age and skill level. If instead you’d like to focus on helping your child learn a second language, you can download an app like Duolingo. The app provides relatively short lessons and gamifies the experience with points and levels, perfect to tap into the reward-based spirit of children.
Whether or not you choose to use your phone for educational apps, it is almost certain your phone will become a part of your entertainment plan. You may need it to look up recipes or to investigate the next step in a science project. To make sure your phone stays safe from fingers covered in a baking mess, be sure to shield your device with a waterproof case. A quality case will keep your phone protected while making sure you can access your camera, buttons, and touchscreen.
Drizzle, heat, snow – you name it. Now that you have a whole slew of activities planned to keep your kids busy, there is no need to despair when the weather turns dreary! When the kids are in bed after a long and active day, you can reward yourself with a relaxing night in front of the fire.