Online Rainy-Day Activities for Kids

 

It can be quite difficult to keep your kids entertained when it’s raining outside. Luckily, there are a multitude of apps and websites out there that can help mold young minds of all ages and various learning types. Whether they are kinesthetic, visual, or auditory learners, chances are they’ll be able to learn independently and at their own pace. Here are just a few things your kids can brush up on using the Web when the clouds roll in. 

Real Estate

What better way to teach them than by real-world examples? 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.

 

Language

There are many benefits to being bilingual, and a language is best learned at a young age. Get them started now with online programs that allow them to practice speaking and associating vocabulary words with pictures.

 

Music

If your children are musically inclined, there are plenty of music lessons on the Web that include sheet music, videos, and courses in the fundamentals, including writing music. They can even create their own music online and then download it to share. 

 

Math

Kids can practice their addition, fractions, times tables, and equations online through interactive videos and worksheets that have fun graphics and colors. Math is also a subject that’s more easily digested when applied to real-world scenarios; this lesson plan collection from HomeAdvisor does just that for learners of all ages.

 

English

If they’re working with a touch screen, they’ll be able to try writing letters and work on their cursive. Perhaps they like making up their own stories and would enjoy playing Mad Libs. They can also read online and play games based on characters from popular books.

 

Art

Many online drawing tutorials teach children step-by-step directions on how to create their own masterpiece. They can start out by tracing, filling a picture in with color, or even watching how the pros do it. There are also software programs that let you make your own comic strips, and teach all the tricks and tips of drawing particular facial expressions or body parts correctly and proportionally.

 

Shapes

Teach your kids about shapes by having them identify road symbols and studying geography. They can quiz themselves on the names of states, countries, and their capitals. They can also learn about architecture and proper use of space by building their own house online. There are even several games that let children design a floor plan and then have them pick out flooring, wall color, appliances, and more. 

 

History

Learning about the past can be fun online. Rasmussen College points out, “Kids can interact with characters and experience events the way the original historical figures did instead of simply reading about dates and events in a textbook.”

 

Movement

Get your kids off the couch and moving with fun exercise videos. YouTube has a plethora of age-appropriate dance videos that don’t require any special equipment and will prevent cabin fever. They can even listen to their favorite songs; just make sure you have lots of space for them to move about. 

Things like word puzzles, brain teasers, and trivia are also in abundance online and will help kids increase their reaction time, memory retention, and confidence. Instead of being stuck inside with nothing to do, these online resources will have them excited to learn. They’ll feel accomplished and perhaps even more invested in their education. More than likely, your kids will be having so much fun, they won’t even notice they’re learning.

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Guest Author, Jenny Wise.

Jenny Wise is a homeschooling Mom to four children. She created http://specialhomeeducator.com/ as a forum for sharing her adventures in homeschooling and connecting with other homeschooling families.
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