Making the Best of a Rainy Day


While yesterday may have been the sunniest day of the year for our part of the world, today has started off overcast and rainy. Fun, and learning, don’t depend on good weather! In fact, rainy days are a perfect opportunity for the whole family to come together and try something new! Below are some ideas for how to occupy yourselves on a rainy day that will also keep your brains active!

Rainy days don't have to be boring! (Image Credit: http://blisstree.com/live/5-rainy-summer-day-activities-for-kids/)

Conduct a Science Experiment

As a subject area, science lends itself to awesome hands-on experimentation with exciting results! The following websites have great kid-friendly experiments that use materials you already have at home. Kids of any age can enjoy most of the experiments. For older students, make sure to hit on the major concepts of chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science that may be raised by the experiment.

http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/homeexpts/homeexpts.html

This website offers a plethora of ideas for at-home science, many of which are relevant for teenagers. The experiments offer questions spaced throughout the directions that help make these activities true learning experiences.

http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/index.php

Science Bob breaks experiments up and tells you not just how to make cool things happen, but also WHY they happen. He also gives ideas on how to make these “demonstrations” into actual experiments, that involve testing out a hypothesis.

http://education.usace.army.mil/clubhouse/experiments.cfm

The United States Army Corps of Engineers breaks up their kid-friendly experiments into different categories, ranging from buoyancy to optics. Many of the experiments also have images to help guide you in your experimentation.

Bake Something

On a cool rainy day in the summer, why not take your child into the kitchen for some lessons in the culinary arts? Cooking touches on many important subjects, including math, science, reading, and even history and art! This is a great way for kinesthetic, or hands-on, learners to develop academic skills, and at the end you have a tasty treat!

Create a Masterpiece

Get out the art supplies and help your Picasso exercise his or her creativity! Think outside the box and use all sorts of materials found around the house! For extra fun, why not create your own play-doh?

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Playdough-Play-doh/

Play a Game

While not all games are created equal, they can help your child practice everything from math to reading. Some of the best games for skills-development are:

Reading

Scrabble • An old family favorite that helps players build vocabulary, spelling, and even math as they calculate their score!

Bananagrams • A new family favorite that requires players to basically play their own individual game of Scrabble. A fast-paced word game that will keep everyone on their toes.

Boggle • A competitive word search without any clues or guidance!

Taboo • Players have to figure out a way to get their teammates to guess a word without saying the “taboo” words listed on the card. This is a great way to really get older kids to play with words and language.

Math

Set • Pattern recognition, extreme style. Players are required to group cards by four characteristics. It takes a few rounds to get the hang of, but once you do, the competition will really get started!

Monopoly • A classic that helps kids practice counting money and counting out spaces to move.

What do you and your family do on rainy days? Here at Tutor Doctor WNY, we’re about to practice some math while we bake brownies! Here’s hoping you and your family can enjoy rainy days too!

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