Once the joy of the holidays has come and gone, winter is the pits for kids. It’s the hardest time of the school year with summer vacation looming in the distant future. They’re bogged down with test preparations and new lessons until spring break. Plus, the days are shorter and colder, keeping them stuck indoors.
Kids need time outdoors to play. It’s crucial for the development of their bodies and minds. When their days are cut short in the winter, your kids may be missing out on Vitamin D, which can make them feel listless, tired, and depressed. Vitamin D isn’t just a mood booster; it’s also necessary for the development of their growing bones as it assists with calcium absorption.
If your kids are showing signs of the winter blues, there’s something you can do about it. While you can’t tilt the earth’s axis and make it summer again, you can encourage your kids to break out of their ordinary winter routine and engage in some fun and educational indoor activities. Whatever your children’s interests, there is a way to encourage them all while helping them learn and grow, and even giving them a bit of an academic edge. It’s certainly better than letting them fry their brain in front of the television all season.
Here are some of our favorite ideas for helping your kids stay active this winter.
Kid-Friendly Science Experiments
Help your children explore their love of discovery with fun, kid-friendly science experiments you can perform at home. Even if your children aren’t so enthused about science in school, you can help pique their interest in a STEM education while encouraging their natural curiosity.
For instance, try this fun Rainbow Milk Magic experiment. Your child will learn about viscosity, chemical reactions, and molecules. Plus, it’s a color-filled, rainbow-tastic activity that combines chemistry and creativity. It’s a two-for-one experiment!
Online Music Lessons
If your children have expressed an interest in music or joining the school band when they’re older, give them a leg up this winter. Thanks to the internet, kids can start learning the basics with online lessons that help them learn scales, fingering, or whatever beginner’s lessons are pertinent to their chosen instrument. Once they’ve mastered the fundamentals, they can find lessons teaching them their favorite tunes which keep them interested and involved while improving their skill.
If your children are learning their first instrument, be sure to get them one that is appropriate for their level. For instance, say they want to tap into their inner Louis Armstrong and learn the trumpet. Start them out with a student instrument that is more affordable and doesn’t come with advanced features (click here for an informative trumpet buying guide). You can trade it in and upgrade as they learn.
Dance Party USA
If the lack of outdoor playing time has your children chomping at the bit, break out the tunes and start a dance party! Dancing is fabulous exercise that combines both aerobic and anaerobic movements. It allows them to express themselves creatively while toning their growing body and even gaining flexibility. If you don’t have time for a whole household party, introduce your kids to online lessons that can teach them fun and unique steps on their own. They will improve their coordination and listening skills all while releasing feel-good neurochemicals like endorphins that help beat the winter blues.
Being stuck indoors during the winter is tough for kids. Help your family get through the colder months by introducing the children to fun and educational indoor activities. Kid-friendly science experiments are a great way to pique their interest in STEM education while encouraging their curiosity. Online music lessons give your future musician a leg up as well. Finally, help them release some of their pent-up energy with a dance party. Even if you don’t have time to join them, introducing your kids to online dance lessons helps improve their coordination and listening skills, all while beating the winter blues.
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