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How You Can Keep Your Children Active and Entertained in Winter

Let’s face it. It’s not easy for kids having to stay indoors when it’s cold outside. However, it’s important for growing bodies to stay active and for developing minds to keep learning. With a little help from these tips, your child can stay active and alert during the coldest months of the year.

Exercise

Children should try to have at least an hour a day of physical activity. Try to incorporate some form of exercise into their play to help them release their energy and to keep them healthy. There are plenty of YouTube videos and channels out there dedicated to helping kids stay active, even indoors. Exercise has many benefits to our little ones and may reduce the risk of certain diseases, like type 2 diabetes. That’s why it’s so important for your children to keep running about and being active, even when they can’t play outside.

Science Experiments

There is no reason for learning to be confined to the classroom. One great way to get your children excited about science is to show them how fun experimentation can be. These experiments don’t have to be extravagant or expensive. In fact, most can be done with things you already have lying around the home. What better way to start your child on a love of learning than to have them perform experiments, many revolving around stimulating things like color and transformation? If you let children conduct experiments, this may help to foster a love of learning that can last throughout their lives.

Music

It is no secret that there has been a suggested correlation between engagement with music and development of the brain in children. Not only can you foster a love of music in your children, but you may be helping them in school and beyond. It can teach your children focus and dedication and actually may help them create new neural pathways in the brain. But where do you begin? Many people don’t have the space for a keyboard or piano in their living room.

A clarinet is an excellent starter instrument, due to its relative size. There are different kinds of clarinets. You may want to consider renting over buying at first, at least until you know for certain if this is a passion your children want to pursue, rather than something you’re simply making them do that they will discontinue. However, do consider purchasing as rental fees can accumulate quickly, and you will be liable for damages incurred on the instrument. Before buying, make sure to consult a guide for buying clarinets so you have all the necessary information.

Art

Children seem to have an innate sense of creativity, one that can take shape in a myriad of ways. Not only will it be fun for your little one, but there is evidence that art may help your children both with reading and mathematics. Children who participate in art programs may see a boost in their self-esteem, and in this day and age, any assistance in that regard will be an incredible boon. That being said, there are countless websites that can give you ideas and inspiration about projects you can do together with your child. If you’d like, you can teach your child a bit of art history while painting by focusing on modern art projects for children, or any other period you choose.

This winter, keep your little ones engaged and thriving with the help of these projects and more. A quick search online will help you develop a plan to give your children the activity they crave. It may be cold outside, but indoors, you and your children can create a world all your own.

 

Author: Jenny Wise

Jenny Wise created the web site Special Home Educator as a forum for sharing her adventures in homeschooling and connecting with other homeschooling families. She enjoys providing advice to parents who are considering homeschooling their kids.