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Beating Rain Day Doldrums
4 September 2018

Beating Rain Day Doldrums

Guest Blogger: Jenny Wise

When school’s out, kids will play – unless the weather is bad. But rainy days don’t have to ruin your child’s fun. Shake them up with fun activities to build their brains and burn their energy. Here are some smart ways to get kids moving and learning on a rainy day.

Grown Up Learning

This is a good time for teaching kids grown up concepts with a mini-homeschool day. For example, you can use games to teach kids about money. The Game of Life and Payday are two popular board games that can help while The Sims provides an online life skill learning experience. Read more ways to teach kids about money from The Balance.

As real estate experts of Redfin note, “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 so much more.”

Think it’s too complex to teach kids real estate? Think again! After all, real estate is the basis of Monopoly. Read how this mum is training her children on this subject at Bigger Pockets.

Finally, you can teach music lessons to younger kids. For little ones, this can help develop their brain, teach them rhythm, and sets them up for math skills. Search YouTube for music lessons for your child’s age range.

Time for Experiments

Set your kids up with safe, indoor experiments that are fun for them and educational too.

Arts and Crafts

There are some amazing arts and crafts projects you can do at home, both online and offline. Here are a couple:

Move It!

Now it’s time to get the kids moving! Here’s how:

Rainy days are no excuse for the doldrums. Find some age-appropriate activities to build your children’s brains and keep them moving!  Even getting outside and jumping in puddles can be lots of fun for kids of all ages! There’s only so many movies/ ABC for Kids we can all watch!

About the Author: Jenny Wise is a homeschooling mom to four children. She created Special Home Educator as a forum for sharing her adventures in homeschooling and connecting with other homeschooling families.