Summertime is fast approaching and parents seem to be scratching their heads on what they can do this summer in order to keep their children occupied and entertained.
I always encourage educational fun activities for children that will keep them occupied and entertained.
Children have to be motivated and have their minds and bodies stimulated. Providing them with opportunities to expand their knowledge outside of the classroom is vital.
Here are some of the activities I encourage during summer:
Join or create a kids Book club- make a sticker chart and reward a star after you have finished reading a book. It gives the child a sense of accomplishment and in return they get to learn something.
Plant a garden in your backyard – children always find it fun to be able to plant something nurture it and see it grow and better yet have it for dinner…
Create a lemon stand- it will teach them how to count money, how to save and spend wisely
Outdoor activities -such as doing chalk, improves creativity and teaches the younger ones how to identify color. Playing hopscotch is fun and children can learn how to count and identify numbers, riding their bicycles, helping them identify different flowers and plants are some of the great ways to encourage outdoor activities.
Visiting the zoo- helps the children learn about animals and help the children read the zoo maps. Plus it’s also a fun activity for them to enjoy.
Visit a michael’s craft store or home depot- some of these stores host craft activity days for children. Children learn by building or creating something cool.
Join a cooking class- children learn how to cook and bake various foods
Make tie and dye shirts- this is one of the coolest activities for children to make their own shirts
Visit museums- some places have great children’s museums that offer a wide range of creative things to learn from and great play structures to play on.
The art of sharing- take time to bake with your children and then go around your neighborhood and share them. It’s one of the finest ways children can learn how to share and care with others.
To be successful in making sure you meet the need of making sure your child is occupied this summer, please pencil in your plans. It helps a lot in keeping your summer activities organized and less hectic.
Also, if you can, create a keepsake journal with pictures of activities done during the summer, your children will appreciate that even when they are older.
Remember safety first, when visiting largely populated places, try and go over safety rules with your children, reiterate to them that they are not allowed to run out of your sight. Also try as much as possible and dress them with super bright shirts, it will be easier to identify your children amongst a large crowd of people.
Have a safe, fun summer
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