If you are trying to find something to do for the entire summer vacation, you need to be imaginative and creative to keep your kids engaged and entertained. Kids mostly feel bored sitting idle at home when there is not a plan in place. They might even want to create their own diversion, which might in turn wreak havoc.
The following tips will help you plan fun and entertaining daily activities for your kids so that you can keep them out of boredom and give them something to enjoy. 🙂
Make a homemade phone
Show a child how to put his fingertips lightly on his neck and feel the vibrations when he hums. This is the basis for a homemade phone. You will need two metal cans with the tops safely removed and a hole made in the center of the bottom. (Make sure the edges are not sharp). Next cut a piece of string that will reach the length of the hall or other long area. Then draw the string through the can holes and knot it, connecting the two cans with their open ends towards the string ends.
Let each child take one can and move apart until the string is taut and not touching anything. One child speaks into his metal can while the other puts the metal can to his/her ear to listen, experimenting with how softly they can talk and still be heard. Point out how different the sound is from normal conversation.
Supplies needed: 2 metal cans; 1 long piece of string
Create a living TV
Take a clue from TV and come up with a fantastic set of characters. Help your child assign parts of TV characters to siblings, dolls, animals, etc. All these can be from any show the family knows or likes: Big Bird, Superman, What’s up Charlie – any character he/she knows can be a part of the show. Then make up a simple situation such as “Superman lost his flying power and needs to get it back.” Then let the TV show develop from imagination.
Do some gardening
Kids are never too young to learn about gardening. As they get older, they will be able to help out more. Gardening is a great way to educate kids how to support themselves by growing their own foods. If you live in an apartment you will find special containers that you can use to develop plants successfully. For added fun have kids paint clay pots to add some color to the garden and to stimulate creativity.
Explore a New Playground
No doubt, you have a favorite playground that you visit frequently. When summer boredom hits, a trip to a different playground may be all that’s needed to put some spark back into their play. Many schools and recreation centers have large modern playgrounds that are free to the public.
A trip to the zoo usually means driving some distance, so this is an activity to be planned in advance. You can add an educational element to the trip by researching some of the animals you’ll be seeing beforehand.
If there is a farmers market in a nearby town, be sure to take the kids at least once. For some families, it is actually a weekly event where you can buy specialty foods and enjoy various demonstrations or entertainment. There is almost always a vendor who creates their product right on the spot. Kids delight in watching items like donuts, candy floss, or funnel cakes being made.
A day at the petting zoo can be a lot of fun. In some communities you can find small petting zoos offered by garden centers, parks, and farms. The animals usually consist of goats, deer, rabbits, and other tame animals. Feed is usually provided by the owner or by vending machine, and the kids are encouraged to feed the animals which eat right out of their hand!
Be just a little wild
Let your children (and yourself) remember their summers as a time when their parents went a little wild.
Wake them up in the middle of the night to watch a lunar eclipse or just a beautiful clear night of star watching. Take sleeping bags outside, sky-watch for an hour or until they fall asleep.
Have a food or pillow fight; Have them be the boss for a day; Let them put makeup on you and each other; Jump in the pool with your clothes on.
It is always good to have a break, but a completely brainless summer is not ideal. Decide how much spelling, math or other skills your child needs during the holiday, to keep his mind in shape for the next school year.
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