Star Struck Dance StudioWinter Is Here — Learn How the Whole Family Can Enjoy Your Days Indoors
With winter in full swing, children and parents have to prepare to spend more time indoors. To help, StarStruck Dance Studio shares some fun and educational suggestions and activities on how you can enjoy your days when Mother Nature doesn't cooperate.
Spending time indoors can be a lot of fun, but it's also a lot of work, particularly if you're working from home. Maintaining your sanity on the days they can't go outside is a definite challenge. Fortunately, with a little preparation, it's easy.
Start by evaluating your home. If you're all living in a cluttered and disorganized space, now's the time to do some cleaning and organizing as clutter can lead to negativity, arguing, and impatience. When you're done, pick up some mood-boosting indoor plants as well.
If you plan to join the fun with your kids but still have to stop for work calls, be sure to stick to a wardrobe that keeps you comfortable while looking snappy at the same time. Even nursing moms can do this! Separates like comfy tees, cozy cardigans, supportive leggings and flowy tunics are perfect choices to go from dancing around the house to a Zoom meeting.
You will also want to have a plan in place for activities they can do on cold days. Online dance videos and lessons are great options for children who want to explore artistic movement. Music lessons are perfect for kids interested in voice, piano, ukulele, trumpet, trombone, and other lessons. You can also find YouTube channels that help them explore different ways to make music from the comfort of home. Visual arts are an option here, as well, and you can find plenty of drawing and educational craft tutorials online.
Explore at Home
Kids who are interested in science or nature also have plenty of options. Your curious and academically inclined kids can watch animals in real-time through webcams located at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Similarly, those with an itch for adventure can pull up Google Earth and explore anywhere their hearts desire. Want to visit the Acropolis? Done! Pyramids? It's just a click away.
While there is nothing wrong with lazy days flipping around through Netflix, the CDC does recommend children stay pretty consistently active through the age of 17 (adults, you need to exercise, too!). Think of fun and exciting ways to get the kids up and moving on the days they can't leave the house. This could be anything from planning an indoor scavenger hunt to hosting a dance competition in the kitchen. Have your kids track their activity and add to the fun with a child-friendly smartwatch.
Crafty in the Kitchen
When all else fails, head to the kitchen! Kids of all ages like to cook, and there is an almost endless variety of foods you can prepare together. Even toddlers can get in on the action by stirring batter and shaping dough. Cooking is a vital skill that everyone needs, and it is never too early to have the kids slip on a pair of oven mitts and learn how to cook for themselves. More than just life skills, cooking is science, and there is a great deal of physics, chemistry, and biology that happens each time you whip up a new recipe.
Winter is around the corner, but that doesn't mean that the kids have to sit around and play video games mindlessly until the weather warms. Use the suggestions above to make the most of your time indoors.
If your child is looking to explore dance as an activity, StarStruck Dance Studio can help! With a wide variety of dance styles to choose from, and the chance to work with dedicated professionals, it's the perfect way to keep your kid active. Reach out today to find out more!
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