If your kid is on summer break, this is probably the time to make it memorable for them. In most schools, summer breaks tend to be quite long, lasting for a month or two. Almost every child waits with bated breath for their summer break. But without planning, the summer break can turn out to be quite monotonous and mundane. In addition to making the break fun-filled, parents should also ensure that summer activities are not counter-productive. If you are running short of ideas, here is a sneak-peak at some of the exciting stuff that could be tried out for your kid this summer:
While the heat is intense during this time, it is probably not a good idea to lock your kid up indoors. Engaging in various outdoor games (such as treasure hunt, I spy, cricket, or badminton, to name a few) can go a long way to not only beat the boredom but also keep their young minds fresh and rejuvenated. While a bit of adult supervision is necessary, this is worth it considering the many positives attached to it. To ensure the kids do not get over exhausted, you can fix play timings during the morning (while it is not yet very hot outside) or in the evening before sunset. Just avoid the afternoon heat.
Indoor games, in spite of being a fall-back option most of the times can be quite fun-filled and entertaining. For instance, instead of giving a few toys to your kid to play alone, board games such as puzzles, chess, scrabbles can be introduced with one or two more kids from the neighborhood. The idea is to engage your child’s mind without making the game monotonous.
Art and craft:
For kids under 10, art and craft are a great way to engage them while ensuring that they learn and have fun at the same time. To make it a little more interesting, you can arrange an art and craft session with other kids in the neighborhood. While kids learn the ability to interact with their peers, they also get to learn some new skills.
Podcasts and Audiobooks:
For kids (especially those who are interested in learning new things or enriching their GK), the summer break can serve an ideal opportunity to make them listen to audiobooks and podcasts. In the digital age, the internet is laden with interesting content. However, as a parent, you need to choose the subject with care. Choose a topic that is gripping and interests your child the most. Once they get used to the idea of listening and learning, they will be a lot more inclined to learn a variety of subjects with the same method.
As dull as it may sound, reading is still believed to be one of the best habits that you can inculcate in your child during their initial years. In fact, once they pick up the habit of reading, an affinity towards learning new things automatically crops in. Research has shown that kids who love to read books from childhood become more successful than their counterparts. Make them read books on a variety of subjects. The topics could range from comics, history, science, fantasies, to name a few.
Encourage them to maintain a journal:
You will be surprised to know how spending just 15 minutes writing can work wonders for your kid. For starters, it will improve the handwriting of your kid, not to mention it will also eliminate the fear of writing that crops up in many kids from a young age. Add to it the fact that, writing a journal on a daily basis can work wonders to improve their vocabulary and creativity.
So this summer, make sure your kids use their time well and eliminate boredom by adding some of these activities to their summer routine!