Rainy Days and Holidays: User-Friendly Apps for Making the Most of Your Child’s School Vacations
Written by: Georgie Horton
When it’s school vacation time, rainy days can be a frustration for parents as well as kids. It’s always a good idea to know what to expect from the weather, so you can prepare some fun indoor activities for those rainy days. Here are some useful apps that can help you plan ahead not just for the weather, but for things to keep the kids occupied while they’re home from school.
You Own Personal Weather Report
How cool would it be to have your own personal weather report that you could carry around with you wherever you go? Well, now you can with the Apalon Weather Live Free app. Not only will it provide you with a detailed up-to-the-minute weather forecast 24/7, it also gives you the weather for the week ahead, so you can plan indoor and outdoor activities in advance. Other features include temperature, humidity, severe weather alerts, sunrise/sunset times and weather maps, and radar. You will find the free download for the app at this link.
Take The Kids Outside
Kids get bored and frustrated when they’re cooped up indoors all day, so plan plenty of outdoor activity when the weather is fine. Gather a bunch of super soakers so that can let off steam and stay cool on a hot day. Make a family day out at your local park or nature preserve. While you’re at it, take a picnic and have a fun lunch, then set the kids on a nature treasure hunt for different types of flora and fauna.
Rainy Day Activities
It’s best to have a selection of rainy day activities available for when the inevitable happens. Keep a collection of craft supplies such as colored paper, scissors and glue, cardboard boxes, wool, and beads. Board games are always a good way to spend some family time indoors. Classic favorites are chutes and ladders, Monopoly and Scrabble, and don’t forget the simple favorite; a good old deck of cards.
Keep them Learning
Make sure your youngsters don’t forget everything they have learned during the previous school year by letting them have fun with educational apps. If your child is in pre-school, Sight Words by Little Speller is fun. Elementary schoolers will enjoy Leafsnap, Rocket Math and BrainPOP. There are lots of educational apps out there for high schoolers, Kaplan SAT Flashcubes is one of the most popular.
Make Some Memories
Spend some time taking photos of your holiday experiences and excursions. When you’re done, use Real Times to make a video montage of your pictures. You can keep it forever and share it with friends and family.
School holidays don’t have to be a drag even if the weather isn’t perfect. There are so many apps out there to occupy yourself and your children with if things are starting to get boring. Don’t let rainy days and school holidays frustrate you. Use these apps so you can make the most of your time at home with your children and you can all have a great time together.
Bio: Georgie Horton is a Mom of 3 kids, a 6 year old, a 12 year old and a 14 year old. She works full-time and sometimes struggles to keep parenting on track, read about the meltdowns, her tips and tricks and how she juggled being a working Mom.