Summer vacations are possibly the most stressful time of the year for moms especially when you have super-active toddlers at hand. Keeping them entertained and constructively engaged often becomes a huge task during the vacations.
Are you worried about what you are going to do to keep your child busy?
Does the thought of a bored or restless child trouble you as vacations approach?
All you need to do is look for activities that your child will enjoy. The best part about summer vacations is that your little one gets to spend time outdoors, learn new things, make new friends, and even spend some quality time with you.
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Come summer, and you will be able to find a host of summer camps and crash courses. Pick an activity that your child loves, be it music, dance, or art, and enroll them for classes. There are also several adventure camps that are perfect for the older kids and take them on trekking or hiking. You also have sports camps like a cricket or football camp that your kids will love. These also inculcate a sense of discipline in the child as there is team play involved and a strict diet as well as guided exercise regime to be followed in addition to the structured rules of the game.
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Books will never fail you when it comes to entertaining kids. Give them some time off from technology. Try to get your child to read a dedicated number of books during the summer. This will help build your child’s vocabulary and also enhance creative thinking.
You can take the child shopping for books with you so that they can pick the ones that they love. Let them collect a series or buy popular fictions, mythological tales, children’s classics or even self help books.
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This is an excellent way for you and your child to plan activities together and brush up on some skills. If you have a hobby that you have not been able to enjoy, rekindle it by introducing your child to it. The sense of pride that you feel when you teach your little one new things is a joy beyond words. You can pick any of the following hobbies and see which ones spark your child’s interest
Let your child help you in the kitchen. From simple activities like peeling vegetables or fruits to assisting you in kneading the dough, you can give your child one responsibility in the kitchen that is simple and safe. You can even plan weekly cookouts where the child contributes more to preparing the salad and laying the table etc.
Get your hands dirty with some potting and planting this summer. Gardening is an activity that children will love. You can also ask them to maintain a small diary to enter the details related to the progress of their plants. Your little one can draw each stage of the plant’s growth in a book until it bears flowers or vegetables. When the kids harvest their veggies or even watch the flowers blossom the look on their faces will be nothing short of being priceless.
They can even start a leaf collection. A walk in the park or just down the street is good enough to find different looking leaves. You can also try to teach them about the tree that the leaf belongs to. It is a great way to teach your child love and respect for nature.
Your children may hate cleaning. However, they may do it if it is fun. Plan a series of cleaning activities for the summer and give your child points for each one that he or she completes. At the end of the schedule, you can count the points that he or she has earned and offer to buy them a gift of their choice.
You need some time off as much as your little one does. Plan little outings over the weekend to places that are surrounded by nature. Nature walks can help your kids explore and interact with nature. Walk through meadows, forests, riverbeds, pond side, or hills with your little ones. It makes for great summer memories and will give you a lot of quality time with your kids away from the bustle of everyday life.
Cool off this summer with some time by the pool. If you have access to a pool near your home, you can dedicate an hour each morning or evening just to take a dip in the pool. Plan water sports and games to make this even more fun. The best part about swimming is that it will tire your little one out and help them get some sound sleep at night.
Teach your kids the joy of giving. Pick some form of charity for your family. It could be collecting donations for rescued animals, collecting toys to donate to kids who need them or even making a library for children who cannot afford one. Teaching your child the joy of giving is one of the best things that you can do for him or her.
Make summers all about letting your child have new experiences. Children are naturally curious and will love to try new things.
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