Busting Winter Boredom: Ideas for Keeping Your Child Entertained with Educational Fun
Let’s face it: it’s hard to entertain a kid that’s stuck inside during the winter. Without the ability to go outside and blow off some steam, kids get a little bit stir-crazy. And when they do settle on something to do to occupy their time, it often involves staring at the TV for extended periods of time.
There are tons of fun, educational ways that you and your child can pass the cold weather time, like this awesome science experiment, but in the end, you can’t entertain them 24/7. They have to entertain themselves and you’d prefer it be with something stimulating but also educational. Thanks to the internet, this is now easier than ever. Here are some ideas.
Learning Disguised as Fun
Educational games get a bad rap – mostly because they are more education than educational fun. Kids know when someone is pulling the ol’ switcheroo on them. While kids can sense a game that’s not really a game and get bored easily, we’re mostly talking about old generation education games “played” in the classroom.
New, online educational games are incredibly engaging. PBS.org, for example, has over 100 games for kids. FunBrain has just as many, but organized for grades K-8. A quick Google search will net you many more options.
For the Artistic Kid
Through a combination of video instruction and guided practice, companies specializing in online art classes can help grow your child’s passion and turn them into a much better artist in a matter of weeks. Sites like Thrive and Sparketh all offer free classes and are fairly inexpensive once you start paying for classes ($5-$10).
For the Pet Lover
If you have a family pet or two, chances are your kid loves them very much. One of the best things you can do as a parent is instilling a firm respect and knowledge of animals at an early age. Your child will have fun learning about dogs using one of Rover.com’s dog-themed lesson plans. For the older child who is thinking about pursuing a career in animal care, have them check out the Humane Society’s online course options. You can’t beat educational fun centered around animals.
When You Need Them to Burn Off Energy
Nothing negatively affects a child’s behavior and ability to learn more than lack of exercise. Anyone with a child knows that burning off energy is as vital to their well-being as food, water, and sleep. A cooped-up child is not at their best. So, how do you get them up and active when it’s inhospitable outside?
The answer is free and easy. A quick YouTube search for “kids exercise” will net you thousands of results. Beyond that, look for free online music and dance videos, which will be sure to get them up and moving. This is definitely the kind of educational fun every parent can get on board with.
And if you really want to put that energy to good use, let them burn it off in the kitchen. Teaching a child how to cook is setting them up with a life skill that they will cherish and use almost every single day of their adult life. Easy-to-follow online cooking videos from respected chefs (like Gordon Ramsey) and amateurs alike are available on YouTube.
There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of Netflix time during the winter months, but every minute your child overstays their welcome in front of the TV is a minute wasted. The line between education and fun is being successfully blurred these days, thanks to a variety of internet resources. Now, you can get your kids learning and keep them entertained with minimal effort that pays off huge in the long run.