The internet is a wonderful tool for rainy days. It gives your child the opportunity to stretch their imagination and have indoor fun. At the same time we want them to have useful activities, not just a day of zoning out in front of the computer. Here are a few fun activities I have found online for a smart but entertaining rainy day.
Zoo World 2
This Facebook game is great on so many levels. First they make patience pay off. You can earn the special currency a little at a time. They make it possible to get special products without spending money. For example, I was able to “rescue a special dinosaur” rather than spend special currency on it. It’s also a great learning tool for my child. We sit together and name the animals as well as their colors and the number of a species we have. We discuss what each animal would eat and pick the terrain we think would be best. I can teach my son about new animals by looking them up on Wikipedia and reading about them. You can build your zoo specifically to your child’s interests. Mine specializes in elephants, dinosaurs, and butterflies.
Rainy days aren’t the best motivators for physical fitness. However, Youtube is full of exercise videos that can be done indoors. My favorite indoor exercises to do with my little ones are simple yoga and tai chi. It’s easy to introduce these types of exercises to a child for both fitness and calming down indoors. It gives their bodies something appropriate to do while spending their energy.
Do you have family members that are far away? Try using rainy days to Skype family members across the country. If the schedules of your family at home and your family abroad don’t coincide, write an email together. Use a silly font or color for the words to make it more fun and personalized.
What do you and your kids do on rainy days?
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