Summer holidays can be long and boring or productive and fun filled. It is up to the parents and children to take advantage of the long days and try out new things from which children can benefit and learn some new skill or craft.
Here are a few tips for providing summer entertainment for children that will keep them busy and happy:
Help improve their writing skills
Children normally hate opening their pencil cases if they do not have any homework to do. This causes their writing skills and handwriting to deteriorate during the long layoff. By being creative (read devious!), you can prevent this from happening. Let your child choose a nice diary or register and ask him to record his daily activities, write book and movie reviews, discuss his favorite television character or write about the trips you are making together. Casually ask him to use a dictionary to help with the spellings. Do not be critical about his work but offer suggestions and praise. This will encourage your children to be more creative, neat and organized and they’ll be improving their writing skills at the same time.
Get closer to nature
Children nowadays spend a lot of time indoors glued to television and computer screens. At least once a month, weather permitting, plan an outdoor picnic. Let your kids run around, climb trees, collect leaves, catch butterflies, observe insects, bike or scoot around or simply watch cloud shapes. This could also give them great material for their journals. Take their arts material with you and ask them to draw and paint the natural scenery around them.
Find apprenticeship for children
It is never too early for the child to learn the value of hard work and honest living. If you employ a driver, gardener, cook etc. make your child an apprentice for a while or teach your children the basics of these vocations yourself. Give them responsibilities pertinent to their age and make them responsible for that duty. If you or a near relative owns a shop, cafe, boutique etc. older children can learn the tricks of the trade and earn valuable experience early in life. Just make sure that the environment is child friendly and does not pose any hazard to your child’s well-being.
Children love to imitate their parents. Buy a fitness routine video and exercise with your children. If you have young kids, they’ll love to tumble around while trying to learn the intricacies of yoga or aerobics. Mothers can work out with teenage daughters and build camaraderie for these difficult years while fathers and sons can head for the nearest gym together. If you prefer long walks in the park, ask your kids to join you as well. While weight loss may not be an issue for growing kids, building stamina, getting fit and staying healthy is always great.
Learn a new skill
Whether it is learning to play a musical instrument, baking the perfect muffins, learning karate, swimming or jewelry or card making, help your child learn a skill that will help him/her become a more positive, confident person. Use the summer holidays to help them master the technique and hold a arts and craft or bake sale at the end of the holidays so that they experience the joy of doing something worthwhile with their time.
Sometimes as parents we get so involved in the nitty-gritty of daily routines that we forget to enjoy parenthood with those who make our lives complete. So this summer take time out of your busy schedules and create fond family memories for yourself and your children by enjoying simple things together.