“No more teachers, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks!” I remember a story in Archie comics where Jughead and Archie come skipping joyfully out of school singing this rhyme, upon finding out that the summer vacation has started.
The popular comic book dates back to the 1990s; However, that particular sentiment expressed in it rings as true today as it was then, and will probably remain to be so as long as there are schools and students attending them.
As heavenly as summer holidays are for children, they can be a bit of a headache for parents who want to keep their children out of under their feet and keep them constructively occupied.
Hence, mentioned ahead are a few interesting ways which won’t only keep your children engaged but will also allow them to enjoy their vacations to the fullest.
Engage them in Games-
Here are ideas to a few games your kids are gonna love-
Have them play in the garden
Rather than having them flop down in front of the TV, push them out the door to spend some time in the garden, playing amusing games. Water Balloon Baseball is a game played with plastic baseball bats and water balloons. It allows kids to burn off their excess energy and simultaneously beat the heat by getting drenched in water. Variants of other water games that can be conveniently played in the garden include playing catch with big water filled sponges and running around with squirt guns.
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Play fun indoor games
Not lucky enough to have a backyard? Or need the children to stop moaning about being bored while it rains outside? Try the following games instead:
Freeze Frame: It’s dancing statues with a twist. Each player has to dance with a stuffed “dance partner” (plush toy) if he/she moves after the music stops playing. If a kid already has a stuffed toy, he has to take it from someone else if he moves after the music stops. The game continues until one person has all the toys or you are all wiped out.
Catch with a catch
This game requires each player to toss a beach ball high into the air and high-five other players or touch his nose before the ball drops. You can make each challenge as easy or hard as you like, depending on the child’s age and abilities.
To play this game, get your kid to gather a stack of mismatched hand towels or a stack of sheets of construction paper; and ask them to lay them down in the form of a path all across your house. To prevent the “steps” from moving, you can tape them down with masking or painter’s tape, which won’t leave any marks on your floors.
Once the game has been set up, the challenge for your kid is to walk from one part of the house to the other, by stepping only on certain colours. For example, can your kid make it from your room to the den by stepping only on greens and blues? Maybe, it can be done better by hopping or moving forward on all fours!
Inculcate healthy habits in them
You want your children to play some silly games and have fun, while cooling off during the summer. But, at the same time, you also want to use these vacations constructively, to help your children build some healthy habits that will benefit them for a lifetime. Here are a few options that you can try:
There are few habits that are not only entertaining but also rewarding and healthy like the love for books. To develop your child’s interest in books, you can get started by making a beautiful teepee that can help transport your kid to the land he is reading about. It will serve as a cozy world where he or she can disappear away into Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree.
If this project seems too ambitious for you, set aside any space in the house as a special reading spot. It can be a window seat, a cozy bean bag or a rough tent made out of chairs and bed sheets, and see how it attracts your kid’s attention towards books.
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Visit the farmer’s market
If you want your kids to have healthy eating habits, you will have to practice what you preach. Teach them to eat healthy food items by letting them tag along with you to the farmer’s market as you load up on fresh produce.
Give them $5 to spend on something healthy that they can choose all by themselves, so that they feel more invested and involved. When you go home, use what you have bought to make healthy snacks or dinner with their help.
Summer can be a stressful time for you being the responsible parent or a babysitter. But you can always take out some time for yourself to relax and sip on a cup of soothing chamomile tea with its myriad of benefits. In the meantime, your children can go outside to have some fun in the garden with water or grab a book that whisks them off into the land of Narnia.