Rainy days don’t have to mean a halt in summer fun. In fact, a good stormy day can lead to lots of indoor quality time where you can bond with your child on projects that they’ll love and even learn from. Here are six great activities to have in your rainy-day plans.
Reading out loud to your child not only helps them foster a love for books and reading, but it also improves their behavior and their academic performance. According to a recent study, it can also change your child’s brain activity.
The author of the study, Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, program director of the Reading and Literacy Discovery Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, said, “The more you read to your child the more you help the neurons in this region to grow and connect in a way that will benefit the child in the future in reading.”
Here are some ways to help your child see these benefits.
Pick some of your old favorites and share them with your child.
Use a fun pad to read a book together by visiting sites like Storyline Online.
Encourage your child to write their own book.
Take in a regular reading class at the local library or bookstore.
Talk about the book as you read it together.
Introduce your child to different children’s literature genres.
Turn a Real-World Job Into Learning
Children can understand the adult world better when you show them applicable lessons from real-world jobs. Set up school for a day and make your child a student in the business of real estate, for example, with some cool lesson plans. 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 more.
Teach Your Child the Joys of Cooking
According to the Child Development Institute, children who learn to cook will see several benefits, such as nutritional eating and weight management, math skills, and an appreciation of what mealtime takes. Working with your children on some fun recipes that they can select online will also be a valuable time to teach them safety in the kitchen, how to work as a team, problem-solving skills, and how to expand their palettes.
Become a scientist with Your Child
One of the greatest things about teaching science is that you don’t have to teach from a book. Many children are visual learners, meaning they learn when things are broken down into charts, graphs, and experiments. It brings science to life for these children. Science experiments and discovery can be done in some great ways.
Take a virtual tour to explore a science museum like Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
Head online to find a science experiment, such as making your own elephant’s toothpaste.
Find some classic Moody Science videos online.
Start Online Music Lessons
Music lessons are said to have a number of benefits for children like boosting brain power, learning patience and discipline, improving memory, and building confidence. Read some online reviews of guitar lessons or piano lessons and sign your child up to get started. This way, they’ll have a fun, rainy day activity always at the ready, and at the end of the summer, they’ll have something to show for it.
Teach the Value of Fitness
According to the American Heart Association, one in three children are obese, and that means parents aren’t educating their child about the value of nutrition and fitness. Spend time online finding a fun exercise or dance video that you can get silly together doing.
Rainy days don’t have to be boring. Prepare ahead to have ideas ready so your child can enjoy the day with you. These are the memories you’ll make together that will last a lifetime, and not just as memories, but as life lessons in things like eating better, learning better, developing a love for music, and on and on.