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Online Educational Activities for Kids in Winter
With winter upon us, all this time indoors can be difficult on your kids. Luckily, the internet is full of resources to help keep kids busy. No matter what learning style suits your children most, there is bound to be something they’ll enjoy. Here are a few educational online activities they can do to ensure they’ll be more confident and excited about learning than ever before.
Sometimes math just needs to be presented in a video game setting. As Business Insider puts it, “Fractions might still seem dry to kids even if they’re completed in multi-color pens. But if they’re flying through space solving fractions to save Earth from meteor showers, they’re more likely to develop those skills and not resent the process.” Look for games where they can practice mental math, multiplication, fractions, and division and even solve word problems..
Art projects are every kid’s favorite indoor activity. If you have a tablet with a pen, computer with a mouse, or even just a smartphone, you can avoid all the messy art supplies, and stop worrying about them coloring on the table or walls. There are a plethora of online drawing tutorials out there that will teach them how to draw people, animals, and buildings. They can start out by coloring or simply tracing and use endless colors as well as textures.
Utilize word games like hangman, mad libs, and even crossword puzzles to help them with their vocabulary and spelling.
Find games that offer real-world critical-thinking skills, such as running your own business or building and shopping for a house. 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. For some cool ideas, check out these real estate lesson plans offered by Redfin.
Search for games that test children’s knowledge of various countries. They can match flags to the right country, learn country names, capitals, shapes, size, and even location. For example, Google Maps allows them to virtually travel and tour the world so they can see for themselves what each culture is like without having to leave the house.
There are websites that give a proper understanding of various animals, their natural habitat and ecosystem, as well as their role in the food chain. If you can’t get out of the house, live stream video from your local zoo so your kids can see the animals up close. There are also easy-to-follow instructions available so your children can do their very own science experiment and brush up on chemistry and physics outside of the classroom.
Interactive timelines and videos can be some of the best tools to teach kids about history and what was going on and when, all across the globe.
There are online music lessons to encourage your children’s love of music. They can play virtual instruments or watch videos that will help them play a real instrument at home. To get them really moving and off the couch, play a YouTube video that they can dance and sing along to.
Remember that while many apps and games are free, you can pay to remove ads for a better experience. However, before you set your children free with an electronic device, be sure to play the game or look over the content they’re going to view before they do. You’ll want to make sure it’s the right level of difficulty, and that they are using the technology safely and appropriately.
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