Do you have a rainy-day rescue plan? When the kids are stuck inside all day, you’ll need some easy, breezy activities that spark their creativity, boost their brain power, and help keep you sane!
—>Why It Matters: Experts say this kind of imaginative play lets kids observe, interact, and explore the world around them—even from the inside of a tent! As they imagine being on a camping adventure, they’re developing their imaginations, figuring out how things work, and learning to create their own fun. (Recommended for all ages)
—>Why It Matters: Playing indoors has lots of benefits, but research shows that when kids have fun in nature, their play is even more imaginative and creative. Whether your kids are turning sticks into swords or making a habitat for bugs, they’re using their imagination, which boosts their language and cooperation skills. (Recommended for ages 3-5)
—>Why It Matters: Forts are fab for all ages, which makes this a super activity for siblings. And they’re building more than a fort—they’re building social skills. Research published in the Journal of Family Psychology shows that brothers and sisters who have fun together develop important skills like sharing, cooperation, and empathy.
—>Why It Matters: This is another great way to inspire creativity in your kid. Even little ones can benefit. Research shows that the more time moms spend singing, reading, and playing games with their preschoolers, the more prepared their children are for school. All that singing and dancing at home translates into better reading scores, grades, and behavior at school! (Recommended for ages 6-9)
—>Why It Matters: Parents play a huge role in helping kids discover their talents, interests, and hobbies. Think of those passions as “sparks.” You fan the flames whenever you provide your kids with new experiences. You’ll know when one of these activities ignites delight in your children because they’ll be so engaged and excited. A quarter of teens’ sparks are related to creative expression, so arts activities—like decorating furniture—are a great place to start. Once kids know their sparks, they’re much more likely to feel motivated, have a sense of purpose, and want to make a difference in the world—all traits that lead to school success and happiness! (Recommended for ages 6-9)