Are you looking for exciting activities to keep your children occupied this summer?
It can be tough to plan and execute different tasks for kids during vacation. It is easier to just let them watch TV or play with gadgets, but we all know that prolonged exposures to these gadgets have repercussions. Harmful effects of gadgets include aggression, obesity, and sleep disorders, so you should do your best to keep your children’s exposure to TV, cellphones, and computers at a minimum.
Here are 10 enjoyable and beneficial summer activities for you and your children.
Do gardening together
You do not need a backyard for this activity; a simple pot will do. It is best if you choose a seed of edible plants. Allowing them to understand that it takes time and effort to grow food will give them a strong foundation on savings and financial responsibility. Plus, you will have free fruits or vegetables in few months’ time!
Gardening with your children has advantages for their mental, emotional, and physical development. Planting boosts fine motor skills which are necessary for them to excel in academic activities like writing and drawing. It also teaches your kids to be more responsible and patient.
Your kids are not the only ones who will benefit from planting. Tilling the soil also does wonders for your health. A journal from the American Heart Association reveals that gardening reduces your chances for a stroke. It is also good for your bone and general health. Aside from that, being surrounded by plants is a great stress reliever.
Climb a mountain
Climbing a mountain is another fun and healthy activity for you and your children. It is a great way for you to bond with them while getting a much-needed muscle work out.
You can plan a mountain trekking out of town if it’s possible, but if not; a quick trip to a hill around your place is okay too. Follow these precautions to ensure your safety for this activity.
Cook or bake with your children
Cooking is a much needed life skill so you have to invest your time teaching your kids if you don’t want them to end up relying on instant foods when they become adults. You can start exposing your child to kitchen activities as young as possible. Gradually involve them with tasks they can handle with your close supervision.
Cooking and baking enhance your children’s skills in math, comprehension, science, and communication. Being able to make their own food boosts their self-esteem while they are having fun!
You will need a lot of patience when cooking with your children especially if they are still very young. It’s tempting to just skip their involvement and do the cooking yourself. However, you have to try your best to allow them to do some tasks on their own even if they mess up the recipe. It’s the only way they can learn and have fun.
Enroll them for summer class
You do not need to handle all the activities for your children. You can enroll them for summer classes. Let them choose which class to take to ensure better commitment.
You can let them have arts, academics or sports programs. The lessons will not only improve their abilities in the area they will choose but it will also develop their communication and interpersonal skills.
Let them do chores
Research upon research proves the positive effects of giving chores to children. Children who do chores are most likely to become responsible adults.
Check out this guide as to what kind of chores your children can do depending on how old they are.
Run a garage sale
Let them go over their stuff and separate those that they are not using anymore. You can make an agreement as to how you will spend the revenue for your garage sale.
You will have fun, you will get rid of clutter, and you will earn money!
The perfect fun way to beat the summer heat! But of course, always take safety measures first. Check this list for the things you need to make your swimming getaway more fun and safe.
Use the summer vacation to unleash the artist inside you and your children. Ask them for suggestions as to what craft you will do. You might be surprised with what they have in mind.
If they won’t make a suggestion, you can search Pinterest for help. Use indigenous and recycled materials to make something you can use around your house. This way, you will not only have fun but you will help the environment too.
Explore new cafes around your town
Discovering new food hangouts in your place is another great way to bond with your child. Now is the time to go check out the place you have been meaning to see but you kept postponing.
You can also check out for events and child-friendly activities that the cafes might be offering.
Allow them to get bored.
Yes, boredom is also essential for your child’s development. Being constantly stimulated with activities and gadgets without rest will cripple your children’s ability for imagination and self-discovery.
Give them healthy breaks from activities and unplug all devices. Allow them to dig into their minds and emotions. Allow them to be creative without the help of anyone or anything.
The key to enjoyable and educational summer vacation for your kids is a balance between planning well and being spontaneous. The list doesn’t end with this ten. There are hundreds of other activities you and your children can do.
Bonding with your children does not need to involve money. It just needs your presence; true presence. Be emotionally, mentally and physically present with your children in any of the activities mentioned above and your children will surely have a fun and productive summer they will always remember.
Do you have activities in mind for your children? Let me know in the comment section!