Often summer time is one of the seasons your kids are looking forward to. They finally have a break from school and more time for play (with your permission, of course). But just because it’s summer does it mean that you’ll just let them do whatever they want to. Here are some activities you can do with your kids so they don’t only have summer fun but also stay witty, too (because their brains can’t go on summer vacation).
10 Things To Do With Your Kids
- Visit your local library.
Go the library once a week and borrow books on subjects related to nature for each week. For example, week one can be about flowers, trees for week two, insects, mammals, and others until the weeks of summer are over. Allot 30 minutes to an hour three days a week (let your kids play for the remaining four days) for studying each subject. You can also dedicate other days to pure storytelling. This are great ways to keep their brains refreshed about the topics they study at school so going back to full-time studying won’t be a hard transition.
- Sign up for a free reading program.
Ask your local library if they offer one. If not, you can inquire from national stores then sign them up for it. It’s a great way to meet new moms like you and for your kids to make new friends, too.
- Art Attack!
Find empty shoe boxes then let them decorate according to their desire. Once done, you can have them use the artful boxes as storage for their school projects or materials once they’re back to school again.
- All About 4th of July
Help them create a 4th of July banner to decorate your house for Independence Day. While doing it, be sure to teach them about why we celebrate July 4th and why it is important in American history. You can also take this opportunity to teach them about your town and state history.
- Give poetry a shot.
If your kids have their own electronic device, you can have them type their own poem on it. While they’re at it, serve them a nutritious snack to keep them motivated. Once finished with the poem, have them read it out loud after and give them a reward for doing a great job!
- Play games.
It can be board games, age-appropriate video games, or educational online games. Reward the winner with a prize or if you only have one kid (like me), you can stick to giving him or her something he or she wants as a way to encourage active participation in activities you’ve prepared. I treat my daughter to some ice cream after our play time.
- Play outdoors.
Summer is perfect for introducing a new outdoor sport to your kids. So go ahead and see which new game you can teach them about. Ask them to invite other kids in the neighborhood. Once all members are complete, teach them first about the game’s history and then the basic rules before playing.
- Take them to a weekly field trip.
Find time to take them to nearby zoos, markets, museums, and art galleries. If you have nursing homes nearby, it’s also a great place to visit. You and your kids will surely give joy to elders while teaching them to always respect the elderly.My ideal #summer day was reading on the porch. Harold E. Varmus #quoteClick To Tweet
- Get close to nature.
If you live by the beach, go there in the morning to play and build sand castles. If you live by the park or forest, go on a nature walk or have a picnic. If you’re far from these places, you can stick to having a picnic or camping in your backyard, whichever you think will suit your kids’ interests.
- DIY Summer Journal
In the movie “Up”, one of the main characters, Ellie has a journal for all her adventures. It’s something that you can let your kids take inspiration from. Once done decorating, have them write down all their summer adventures in it. Then store it in their artful shoebox.
Don’t let your kids spend summer time in front of the TV only. Go out and have fun with them while teaching them new things they can benefit from. It’s something your future self will thank your present self for.