Rainy days have finally arrived for nearly everyone, with cold weather, rain, or even flood touching most places. This likely means you and your family are spending more time indoors. The greatest challenge is to make your kids stay Indoor but without watching TV or mobile.
We all struggle from time to time with ideas to keep the kids busy indoors. There are some ideas for indoor games and activities with the goal of promoting active minds and active bodies. Colouring and drawing are two of the simplest activities we can make them do, which is also extremely beneficial. In fact, colouring books and parties for adults were providing fun and low-cost ways to relax. Children can reap those same benefits or even more.
Colouring and drawing both help kids improve fine motor skills. They also train the brain to focus. For parents and teachers, these inexpensive activities require limited preparation and are well-suited to travel (particularly relevant with the longs holidays approaching). Materials are readily available at most general retailers, stationery stores, or online. Tech-driven parents can find a growing number of colouring and drawing apps available on mobile devices.
For those looking for fun and clever ways to incorporate educational components, colouring and drawing both fit the bill. With younger kids, colouring can be done with packaged books and pages, matching their interests and abilities. As free-form colouring and drawing are introduced, kids nurture their creativity. In either case, learning can be introduced according to the child’s age and ability.
For instance, kids can “Count the number of cars on the page” or “Name all the different animals in the picture.” You can focus on learning numbers, colours, geography, history, and even spelling. Similarly, parents can ask kids to draw a scene from their favourite book. Older topics can be introduced via drawing as kids mature, potentially even tapping interests in design, graphics, or architecture.
Michael Rhattigan, CEO of Adventure to Fitness, a leading children's media company at Texas, US says "This isn’t an esoteric theory we’ve seen the results firsthand at Adventure to Fitness. Our primary focus has always been animated videos that take kids on adventures around the world or throughout history. During the shows, we get kids moving and introduce educational material that’s relevant to the particular episode."
He continues "As we started talking with thousands of teachers using our program, we noticed that many were following our videos with colouring or drawing to give kids a break from the physical activity while reinforcing the learning from a particular episode. We began providing free colouring pages for the younger kids, particularly since much of the educational content might be beyond their immediate comprehension but could be tackled with the self-paced, creative expression activities like colouring and drawing. While we always seek to provide fun activities, the ultimate purpose is to reinforce health and educational concepts in an engaging (and repetitive way) with kids."
Colouring and drawing provide quick solutions you can pull off the shelf for those cold and wet days when the family stays inside. Determine what works best for your kids and keep in mind that colouring and drawing provide many benefits for physical and mental development, beyond just fun activities!
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