Exciting and Educational Activities During Rainy Season
The rainy season can be both a blessing and a curse. While it showers the world with much needed moisture, it can also affect your mood and productivity (or the lack thereof).
Studies show that cold temperatures can “reduce sensory feedback, dexterity, muscle strength, blood flow, and balance,” which can impact your physical performance.
No wonder the gravity in your bed is stronger during cool rainy days! The weather can also affect your mood.
Do you know that the lack of sunlight can cause Seasonal Affective Disorder or seasonal depression? This mental disorder typically occurs between October and April.
Fight The Rainy Day Blues With These 7 Exciting Activities With Your Kids.
Bake Cookies Together
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Astudy by Nestle suggests that kids who help prepare their own meals eat more vegetables than their peers who are not involved in cooking. “We found that children who were in the kitchen, cooking with a parent, ate more overall of their meal, and a significantly larger amount of vegetables,” according to nutritionist Dr. Klazine van der Horst.
For your next rainy day family bonding, bake cookies or brownies together. Assign tasks to your kids. Your toddlers can design the pastries while their older siblings can help in mixing the ingredients. Let them suggest ideas for your next cooking class.
Storytelling Inside Indoor Tents
Who says rainy day activities can’t be as fun as summer pastimes? Recreate a campsite in your living room with a pop-up tent or bed sheets draped over a couch. Lay large pillows or sleeping bags.
You can use this opportunity to hone your kids’ communication skills by having storytelling sessions. Start a story, giving them a pattern, and then ask them to continue. Let them make up their own characters. You can also prepare pictures that shall serve as elements in your impromptu stories.
Learn A Foreign Language
Make the most of the rainy day season by preparing educational activities for your kids. Do you know that the best time to learn a foreign language is between the ages of 2 and 6?
There are informative videos in YouTube teaching languages in various levels, from beginner to intermediate. Learn together. You can have your language classes over hot chocolate and pancakes.
Introduce Your Kids To Good Films
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Indoor activities are perfect opportunity to bond with your family. Take this time stimulate your kids’ art appreciation. You can start with art forms that can easily capture their attention such as films. Studio Ghibli animation films are well-loved by both kids and adults.
Unlike most Western-made cartoons, Studio Ghibli’s works center on little girls as heroines, not as helpless princesses waiting to be rescued. For little kids, Ponyo is highly recommended. “This poetic, visually breathtaking work by the greatest of all animators has such deep charm that adults and children will both be touched,” wrote acclaimed critic Roger Ebert.
Other notable titles by the Japanese production house are Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away and Totoro.
Give Your Little Ones Their First Lessons In Strategy
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Never underestimate the power of a little child’s brain. Between the ages of 2 and 6, the human brain absorbs information like a sponge. Experts say that young kids beat adults in learning new languages and playing musical instruments during this stage.
This is also the best time to teach them how to think analytically. Give your kids their first lessons in strategy through chess. According to Johns Hopkins School of Education, playing chess enables children to “begin to see the importance of thinking ahead, trying to figure out what their opponent might do next and what alternatives are too.”
Ditch The Tablet For Board Games
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Experts warn that an increasing number of households fail to regulate kids’ use of electronic devices. Children as young as 3 are exposed to the health hazards of prolonged exposure to artificial light in smartphones and tablets. While it is true that computer games and apps aid in children’s cognitive development, it should be regulated.
During rainy days, encourage your little ones to unplug and play traditional board games. Similar with chess, these games can help kids think analytically. Some of the recommended board games for young kids are Chutes and Ladders, Cariboo, Sequence for Kids, Sorry! and Scrabble Junior.
Let Them Play Under The Rain
Protecting your kids inside your home on rainy days is understandable. However, you may also consider letting them experience the fun of playing under the rain. You may remember the happiness of running around soaking wet when you were their age. A 5 to 10 minute fun outdoors should be enough. You can place an inflatable pool at your yard. Make sure they have hot porridge waiting for them after.
The weather may be gloomy, but it doesn’t mean that you should too. In Tivoli Garden Residences, you can still get out of your house and have fun in indoor leisure amenities such as the entertainment room, game room, children’s recreation space, and sky lounge. If you prefer to stay within the comfort of your condo unit, there’s a menu of activities you can do with your family.
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Patricia Evans is an Interior Designer, Residential Designer, Art Crafter, DIYer and a full time mother. She writes about interior decorating, she loves working with shapes, shades and spaces. She is also into green and simple living; she loves cooking and having tea