As we ease into cooler months, embrace the new season and all it brings for you and your family. From fun activities kids can do indoors to creating the perfect work or study space, Canadian Tire and Yahoo Canada are proud to bring you everything you need for the season.
For parents, the new normal often means being both a parent and teacher to your child. Having your kids around more than you might in the past is a great way to soak up every minute with those closest to you, but it does present some unique challenges -- including how to fill the time and keep kids active, both in mind and body.
Now that we’re heading into Fall, rainy and downright chilly days are bound to happen. And while keeping kids entertained outside playing sports and activities is great, it’s hardly feasible when there’s gale-force winds and 50mm of rain.
How do you entertain kids when outdoor activities aren’t in the cards? Easy! There are so many productive ways to keep kids busy, whether it’s through drawing, crafting or developing social and motor skills with games.
Staying in with your kid(s) for a full day doesn’t have to drag on. Turn a gloomy day into a fun and productive one with these fun and engaging activities.
Get creative with friendship bracelets
It goes without saying that your kids probably miss their friends. While social distancing continues to be important, it’s often difficult for kids to understand, and can feel lonely. A great way to keep young minds creative while reinforcing bonds with their friends is by making good old fashioned friendship bracelets.
The Cool Maker 2-in-1 KumiKreator Necklace & Friendship Bracelet Maker Activity Kit provides a fun and easy gateway to jewelry making. Kids will learn about design and colour and be able to produce up to 10 bracelets for their BFFs.
Build a healthy active mind with memory and guessing games
Over the past few months, puzzles have become a hot ticket item for passing time indoors — both for kids and adults. It’s a great way for parents to encourage children to put down their devices and challenge their minds. Additionally, classic, memory-based games like Guess Who? have also been known to train your brain to be razor-sharp, and also improve problem-solving skills.
Bring out their inner Picasso with drawing exercises
One major perk of being a modern kid is having access to modern tools to stimulate creativity. Their grandparents may have honed their artistic skills with crayons and markers but today, kids can create incredible 2D and 3D drawings of their heroes using the Crayola Sketch Wizard. How’s that for a rainy day activity?
Teach healthy competition with card and board games
It’s important to instill children with a healthy sense of competition when they’re young. Card games with family and friends can be an excellent way to teach kids about winning and losing as well as team building. UNO is a low maintenance card game that’s so fun your kids won’t even realize they’re learning about math.
Develop their imagination while teaching them real-world skills
There’s a reason Monopoly has been a popular game for decades — it’s fun for the whole family, but also helps your children with planning and “money” management skills. Ideal for 2-6 players, it’s a fun way to involve the whole family, or just a couple of people.
Introduce them to the classics
With too many digital devices and toys to count, there is certainly value in showing kids what their parents and grandparents played with back in the day. TCG 7-in-1 Classic Wood Games encompasses seven classic games including Chess, Checkers, Tic-Tac-Toe and Backgammon.
While they may not have wires attached to them or the ability to transform into a three-dimensional dinosaur, these classic games exercise the brain and hey, they’ll never run out of batteries.