It’s pouring outside, and you have a whole day to fill with your daughter. As you know, in this day and age and with an infinite offering of online entertainment, this isn’t an issue. However, instead of popping on a film or TV show you know she likes and calling it a day, why not use the Internet’s resources for something more meaningful?
We’ve rounded up a few great online resources that you can use to create exciting, empowering mother-daughter bonding time, which are perfect for when you’re stuck inside on a rainy day.
While the impact of learning music on a child’s intelligence may be overstated, studies have shown that it does improve their goal-setting, motor skills, discipline and ability to cope with anxiety. These are all wonderful benefits for a child’s development, so this is a great time to start encouraging an interest in music in your daughter if you haven’t already.
First, you need to choose an instrument. The guitar and piano aren’t your only options – for instance, your girl may prefer a woodwind instrument like the clarinet or saxophone. Easy-to-use woodwind instruments are comfortably supported with a neck strap. According to PBS, it is important to choose something whose sound she actually likes. If you are still trying to decide on an instrument, show her some YouTube videos of different options so she can get a feel for what she finds exciting.
In the meantime, you can get started by learning some basic music theory together. There are some great apps you can download to help you with this, or you could also look up lessons on YouTube.
It’s never too early to get your little girl interested in science and STEM subjects as a whole. According to Parents.com, the best way to do this is by doing some fun hands-on experiments at home. The elephant’s toothpaste experiment is a great one, and you’ll probably find yourself getting just as excited as your kid when you see a tube of foam shooting up from the bottle. You will need 6 percent hydrogen peroxide for it, so you’ll need to get this in advance.
Working out with your daughter is a perfect way to instill healthy habits in her while bonding and having fun. YouTube has a wealth of “mommy and me” videos available suitable for a range of ages and athletic abilities.
You can also simply look for any exercise video and encourage your daughter to follow along as best as she can. As long as you don’t pick anything too advanced, she should be able to follow a dance or yoga routine at her own pace. For example, you can look up choreography to a song you both like and learn it together.
Arts & Crafts
Have an arts & crafts day by taking out all of her supplies (and yours, if you have them and are happy to share) and doing some projects together. There is an endless array of online ideas and tutorials for easy kid-friendly crafts: start getting inspired with this listfrom Babble.
If she’s more into drawing and coloring, look up tutorials on how to draw her favorite cartoon characters, or print out some fun new coloring pages for her.
Searching online to find fun and educational activities teaches your daughter about the possibilities of the Internet. By showing her the myriad ways you can use technology to learn and develop, you are showing her another side of it from the usual streaming and scrolling she sees adults do in everyday life. More importantly, you are spending quality time with her that she will remember and fostering new interests that will enrich her life.
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