School’s out, summer’s in!
It’s that time of the year again when your kids don’t have to wake up too early just to go to school. However, it’s also the time of the year when you, the ever dedicated parents, are interested about keeping your child equally entertained and active, both physically and mentally.
On top of this, it’s easy for the little ones to get bored easily, so to reinforce the skills acquired during school time and to entertain them this summer, we have come up with some suggestions for activities you can do to keep your kids’ brains active through the break.
Keep A Journal
Who would have thought that keeping a simple journal can be a great way to maintain your child’s writing skills? It’s one of the best practices when they want a medium for personal expression. In addition, it’s a helpful tool that shapes their mind.
For some kids though, it might first seem uninteresting so the best thing to do is allocating some time, at least 10 to 20 minutes for this activity. It doesn’t matter what the topic is about as long as you encourage them to write. You and your youngster will be surprised about how much they can produce in that span of time.
Go Green With Gardening
Summer is all about the weather and what better way to experience it than to go outside. Aside from going to the beach, another way to keep your kids in touch with nature is to go gardening. It’s one great skill that they can surely enjoy not only during the summertime but all throughout the year, too.
Apart from teaching them the importance of plants, you also have the best opportunity to educate them about nutrition. If your child is not a big fan of vegetables, this might be a great way to get them interested in vegetables. After all, it’s a rewarding feeling to enjoy what they have grown.
Stay Fit And Active
Dancing is one of the most creative ways to move around and stay fit, and your child will be more amused if they do it with other kids around. Whether it’s hip hop or ballet, these dance activities can improve your young ones’ mental and physical aspects. It also boosts their confidence, self-motivation, and perseverance.
Not sure where to find your child’s next hip hop or gymnastics camp? LetsKamp can help you! Simply download the app, sign up, and find the best camp nearby!
Unleash Their Inner Artist
Art is one of the best ways to express one’s self — and your kids are not an exemption. The best part is: it’s not expensive! A paint set can cost around $20 and it can help your kid release whatever emotion they have, helping them feel better. Learning how to use a paintbrush can boost their fine motor skills, too. In addition, no one can deny the fact that it feels really good to create something. Therefore, this summer, let your kids’ wonderful imagination run around in the form of art.
Learn An Instrument
It’s never too young (or too old) to learn a musical instrument. Whether it’s a guitar, drums, or piano, playing music can exercise their minds. In fact, there are various studies that would suggest a strong link between music and brain development. After all, music training affects several brain activities such as motor skills, auditory system, and executive functions. To make this summer activity more fun, be sure to give your child the freedom to choose the instrument he/she likes.
Involve Your Child In Planning For The Family Day Out
For one, getting your child involved in the planning process gives them a sense of belonging, which is a basic human need. Their role can be as simple as choosing where to go and what activities to do or can be as big as helping you decide the amount you can spend for the summer trip.
Planning with your kids might sound overwhelming but this is a perfect chance for you and the entire family to improve relationships and their decision skills.
Learn A New Sport
Learning a new sport does not only make your kid physically active, but it also keeps their mind in shape. Research has shown that having a sport is beneficial when you want to improve your young one’s executive functions, which, by the way, is crucial when you want to get things done. While there are sports that your young one can do on his/her own, being in a team sport can help them learn to work with several people, as a group efficiently.
Chef In The Kitchen
Cooking is a fun way to grab your kids’ attention and lucky you, there are many free step-by-step lessons online. Apart from the recipe, most kid-friendly cooking sites also share safety tips and other reminders if you want to keep your little one involved in the kitchen. In cooking, the young minds are shaped through measuring and feeling the different textures of the ingredients. In addition, this could entice their tiny appetite and make eating more exciting.
Do A Yard Sale Or Lemonade Stand
While this looks good in movies, it’s more exciting in real life. Having a yard sale, a lemonade stand, or even a bake sale is a perfect summer activity when you want your child to stay organized and creative at the same time. Ask them to choose the date when they want to start designing the posters and selling the goods.
On the date of that mini event, your kid has the chance to improve his/her social skills as he/she will be talking to various people while selling the products. At the end of the event, they can count and take the money and use it to give themselves a reward… or better yet, start a savings account or donate it to their favorite charity.
These are just some of the summer activities that your kids can try while waiting for school, and there are more exciting things to try. If you’re interested to enroll your kids in a summer camp, you can download our app on an iOS or Android device or visit our website for more details.
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