Making the Most of Indoor Learning Opportunities this Winter

Making the Most of Indoor Learning Opportunities this Winter

With chilly mornings and dark nights, winter means lots more time indoors for children and parents too. With the festive break just around the corner, it’s a great idea to take the opportunity for your kids to spend time inside enjoying some fun learning activities. Here’s some ideas to keep them busy over the next few weeks.

Reading

Reading is a wonderful activity that can be enjoyed all year round- especially during the winter months when there’s nothing better than being cosy enjoying a good book. Whether your children enjoy regular fiction or non-fiction books, picture books, magazines, graphic novels, recipes or blogs, encourage them to read what they enjoy the most. Any reading material is great for developing comprehension skills, building vocabulary, and supports writing abilities too.

Board Games

A great educational activity for your kids to indulge in during time spent inside in the winter months is playing board games. There’s so many to choose from that will help teach your child skills or test their knowledge. To help increase maths and critical thinking skills, we recommend card games or chess. Other board games such as Scrabble, Articulate, Scattegories and Boggle really put areas such as language and spelling to the test.

Get Crafty

Encourage your kids to take time this winter to enjoy being creative and express themselves through arts and crafts. Whether it’s drawing, painting, colouring-in, folding origami or making something abstract out of cardboard boxes and old milk bottles- it’s always a lot of fun and a great way to spend a rainy afternoon inside.

Video Games

We know how popular video games are with kids and even though they don’t have the best reputation, they can actually be a great learning opportunity. Even better there’s plenty of choice out there and most games will help improve attention and concentration, encourage reading, encourage problem solving, hand-eye coordination, enhance memory and improve leadership skills. For more information on how gaming can enhance children’s learning, check out this blog post.

Winter Baking

Getting in the kitchen with your kids is a wonderful way to make the most of indoor learning, especially when it comes to indulging in some baking some yummy winter recipes together. In fact, the learning opportunities in the kitchen are endless and you can cover everything from counting, measuring, reading recipes, fractions, conversions, and chemistry. We recommend baking some festive gingerbread men or a batch of mince pies for the whole family to enjoy!

Educational Documentaries

Why not cosy up and watch an educational documentary with your children this winter? Not only are there so many great documentaries for your kids to choose from covering topics like science, nature, space and different cultures, it’s also fun for the whole family. We’ve got a whole blog post dedicated to our favourite documentaries to watch here.

Get Building

Get involved in building, whether that’s with LEGO, wooden blocks, cardboard or even making a den in the lounge- they’re all great indoor STEM activities to keep children engaged this winter. Working with their hands to build something completely new is great for developing hand-eye coordination and also helps kids get a better understanding of weight, shape, angles and size and how it affects what they’re creating. Older children and teens may enjoy building things that are a little more intricate such as models, miniatures or perhaps a jigsaw puzzle with lots of pieces!

More Posts Like This
  • 5 Ways To Teach Your Child To Be Financially Savvy

    Knowing how to be financially savvy isn’t something taught at school, meaning it’s up to parents to teach children all things money. In fact, the more you talk about money with your kids and discuss how you make smart financial decisions, the better.

    Read More
  • Get Organised: Priority Management Strategies For Secondary School Students

    Finding a balance between school, homework, a social life and family time can seem like an impossible task for many secondary school students. That’s why being able to successfully manage priorities is the key to having a balanced life and great grades. Here’s our top priority management strategies so students can thrive!

    Read More
  • Stress Awareness Month: Top 10 Stress Management Techniques for Students

    With more and more students suffering with high levels of stress in the UK, it’s not only impacting their academic studies, but their general wellbeing too. That’s why it’s so important to address stress quickly and try to raise student awareness of the simple things they can do to help reduce high stress levels.

    Read More