The weather outside may be frightful, but there is much more your child can do indoors than watch TV. Try some of these screen-free ideas for keeping your child entertained on a rainy or snowy day. They also provide an opportunity for quality bonding time with the entire family!
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Go to the Store
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Looking for more things to play on a rainy day? Try these two math games for kids from early education expert Dr. Sandra Linder:
“Who Has More?” Card Game
Help your child develop counting skills while playing a fun card game!
- Using a standard deck of cards, first remove all the face cards (Jacks, Queens, Kings, Aces, Jokers), leaving only numbers two through 10.
- Divide the deck equally among players.
- Each player turns over their top card and then counts out the number using household items, such as buttons or coins.
- Once you have each counted out your card’s number using the objects, let your child decide who has more and give the cards from that round to that player.
- Play until one player has all (or most) of the cards.
Note: For younger children, don’t worry if they can’t determine who has more, and instead focus on counting using the objects.
What child doesn’t love hide-and-seek and treasure hunts? This activity combines these classic games while helping your child sharpen geometry skills.
- Hide an object in your house and then direct your child to the object using specific verbal instructions.
- For example, if you hide the object under the living room table, tell your child to walk five steps towards the front door, turn right towards the living room, walk three steps to the table and look under the table.
- Once your child finds the object, allow him or her to hide it and give you directions to find it.
- Encourage your child to use directional words like over, under, up, down, right and left to promote spatial awareness.
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