Happy Friday, everyone! Today’s guest post is provided by Jenny Wise, writer at specialhomeeducator.com If you are looking for indoor activities for your kids during the winter weather, look no further. Here are some great ideas to keep your kids busy!
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Is bad weather keeping your kids inside this winter? Technology offers a treasure trove of resources for raising children, cloaking educational tools and activities in entertaining disguises. I found a handful I want to share with you for those days when the weather isn’t agreeable, and your little ones are stir-crazy.
Energy to burn
One of the best things you can do when your kids are all wound up is to give them an outlet for that energy. When my own kids are a bit too lively for the great indoors, I get them watching some dance videos. It’s a fun way to give them exercise and work on their physical coordination. If this means installing a new home theater system, don’t shop until you’ve done your research. Selections and prices vary widely; Family Living Today did extensive reviews to help find the perfect system for your home and budget.
As far as dance options, there are so many choices that I was a little overwhelmed at first. I found selections available to suit every kid’s fancy, from ballet to hip-hop. According to some experts, there are several channels oriented toward developing children’s healthy habits and perfect to keep handy for those foul weather days. Try “The Joffrey Ballet School Channel” on YouTube which offers a wide variety of dance styles (not just ballet!), or “Just Dance Kids” via “Galaxy Baby Channel.”
Once your kids burn some excess energy, give them something creative to focus on. If your youngsters like drawing and sketching, MakeUseOf recommends a nice variety of websites offering art lessons. Drawspace.com provides a bunch of drawing lessons gauged to the budding artist’s skill level, and teaches a number of techniques. ArtyFactory.com offers lessons using all sorts of media, from colored pencils to acrylics to pen and ink, and explores a cornucopia of ideas, from designing tribal masks to creating portraits that mimic famous artists’ styles.
For the musically inclined, there are plenty of online lesson sources, and one school of thought is that children are actually better off Learning via the Web than in studios. It’s easier to keep up a lesson schedule, kids seem to concentrate better, and children learn other skills while learning to play music, like how to navigate software. Some reviewers prefer LessonFace.com, which connects aspiring musicians with instructors matching the appropriate skill level, instrument choice, schedule, teaching style, and budget.
Learning a foreign language is really good for children. Some research reflects it improves intelligence, encourages stronger decision-making, and even enhances the ability to speak English. In fact, kids who speak more than one language become better multitaskers and even become safer drivers. You may even want to learn along with them; adults benefit by potentially warding off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later in life.
PC Mag reviewed a number of software options for learning languages. They rated “Duolingo” tops for free apps, explaining it’s great for beginners or those with a foundation already in place. It’s easy to use and offers instruction in 15 languages. If you want to invest some money in a program, try “Rosetta Stone Language Learning.” It runs like a well-oiled machine, and lessons are always the same length, which is handy if you need to squeeze learning into a particular time slot of the day. If you feel your children would do best with an instructor to interact with, I’ve got that covered, too. Try “Living Language” for e-tutoring or “Fluenz” for guided lessons.
Tech for kids
When the weather is keeping your youngsters inside, plug them into technology. Resources abound for burning energy, inspiring creativity, and learning new languages. Next time your kids are cooped up and going stir-crazy, let technology come to the rescue!
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