When the Kids Are Stuck Indoors: Online (and Educational) Fun

The weather outside is dreary, and as a parent, you know what that means—a day spent trying to keep the kids occupied and fielding this constant statement (or whine): “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” We’ve all been there. As tempting as it might be to put on a movie or allow extra video game time, there are actually several activities you can do with your kids that have an educational bonus, too.

Create a Science Lab

At the mere mention of a science experiment, your mind probably pictures a huge mess or a trip to the store to find some sort of obscure material you’ve never even heard of. Not so fast! Science doesn’t have to be expensive or messy, and the fun and wacky experiments found on EarthScienceJr. are proof of that. Using common household items, your children can make their own glass of lava minus the messy volcanic eruption. Encourage your children to create a hypothesis about what they think will happen, and try out different variations of the experiment by tweaking the amounts of the ingredients used. As an added bonus, you’ll have ideas for the science fair that you not only know work, but are as easy and stress-free as they appear to be. And since you’re teaching your kids about science, this may also be a great opportunity to teach them about real-life math concepts. To learn more, check out these lesson plans from HomeAdvisor.

Encourage Musical Interests

At the moment, the extent of your children’s musical endeavors may be using body parts to make funny noises and creating a drum set with pots and pans. However, you can encourage musical experimentation with an actual instrument via online music lessons. Your children might have the attention span of a goldfish, but with the ability to pause and replay lessons, the learning is catered to your children’s pace. Plus, rather than loading up the car to go to trumpet practice and reiterating yet again that shoes are not optional, your children can practice in their current state of dress at a time they choose.

Teach Online Safety

Now that your children are of the age that they will be using the internet for both education and fun, now is a good time to make sure they understand online safety. However, simply telling them about it or forcing them to watch a monotonous video during which they will inevitably zone out isn’t enough. Wouldn’t it be cool if there were a way to teach them how to be safe on the internet while also making it fun? Norton Security lists several fun ways to teach your child about internet safety. For starters, your child can become an online learning cadet by completing missions and earning badges at Carnegie Cyber Academy. Perhaps your child would enjoy defending Safety Land from online foes and getting a printable certificate of achievement to proudly display on the fridge. Now that your children will be perusing the internet and possibly spend some time on their favorite sites, internet safety is a conversation that absolutely must be had.

No matter what is keeping you indoors, there are ways for your kids to bust boredom, have fun, and even learn a thing or two. Try out some cool science experiments or sign your child up for online music lessons. While you are online, use this opportunity to educate your child about online safety via fun games. When used the right way, the internet is a useful tool to foster a love for learning and discover new passions.

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