Despite the advantages of technology, we know that children can get attached to their gadgets over the summer and find it difficult to find other ways of enjoying themselves. Here are some fun ways to keep your kids engaged during the holidays.
1. Sign them up for summer camp! 🏕
The last two years children have been restricted to entertaining themselves at home, now that everything is open, make use of great camps to get your children socialising and active!
2. Have weekly arts & crafts sessions 🎨
This gives kids a sense of achievement and allows them to take pride in their work which builds confidence and allows them to explore their creativity.
3. Sign them up for sports teams or play with them a few times a week! ⛹🏽
Exercise is so important and allowing them to play their favourite sport with friends can help children develop physical skills, get exercise, make friends, have fun, learn teamwork, learn to play fair, and improve self-esteem.
4. Visit historical sites and/or museums 🗿
This can spark their interest in new topics and encourage them to read and learn about specific things, whether it's art, history, or science. Lots of these activities are also free - keeping the children entertained over long holidays can be really expensive!
5. Encourage their entrepreneurial skills! 💼
The summer holidays are a great way to teach your kids "life" lessons. Whether it's a lemonade stand or a garage sale, let them make mistakes and learn!
6. Teach your children how to bake or cook 👩🍳
Cooking encourages children's thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. It also allows children the opportunity to use the knowledge they have and apply it by counting, measuring, following a sequence, following directions, and cause and effect.
7. Get your kids to keep a diary or a scrapbook 📝
Allow them to explore their creativity and keep track of what they enjoy doing and their favourite memories over the summer holidays. They can note down ideas, get in touch with their emotions and build resilience. They can even bring their scrap book in to show the class when they are back at school!
8. Plan a scavenger hunt or other active games! 🔍
This will help your child think critically and use their strategic skills. If possible, divide participants up into teams so they can work together on solving the clues, further stimulating collaboration.
9. Do some gardening! 👩🏻🌾
They develop important motor skills that will help them improve their academic skills such as writing, cutting and typing. It is also a great way to encourage taking responsibility as you need to remind your child to keep taking care of whatever they decide to plant.
10. Board Games, card games and puzzles! 🧩
A brilliant way to get your children thinking and engaged! Whether they are simple games for young children or more complex card games for older ones, it is a great cognitive and memory skill enhancement which can help their problem solving in their day to day life.
What have you and your kids been up to this summer? Share your ideas with us and help other parents out, comment or send us photos on our instagram @caringservices.
We hope you all have a lovely summer!