When schools are out for the summer, it can be a challenge to keep children entertained. The biggest complaint children have during their summer holidays is boredom. Experts, however, say that a healthy dose of boredom is actually good for kids.
In this blog, we will highlight the various summer activities your children can do by letting their imagination help them pass the time. You will be amazed to see what a knack your children have for changing their boredom into inspiring, fun-filled activities if you just give them a little push in the right direction.
Boredom is the mother of creativity. If your kids are bored, let them choose from a collection of craft kits, colouring books and chalks.
If they want to be artsy, ask them to create a giant art project on whatever interests them. Making huge collage works and murals on your garden walls or creating a sculpture from the trash in your attic can help not just improve your child’s imagination but their motor skills as well.
If your child wants new toys this summer, tell them to create their own. Give them things like empty cardboard boxes, jars, bottles, bowling pins, and some other knick-knacks and show them how to make interesting things out of them. Pretty soon, your children will be making their works of art.
Outside Physical Activity
If you let your child venture outside for a little while, you will be amazed to see what kind of summer activities they can come up with. You can give them a list of ideas to give them a push in the right direction.
In hot summer days, water play can provide hours of fun, be it sitting in a kiddie pool, or making water balloons. You can also let your kids invite their friends over and play a game of tag in your garden.
One of the easiest ways to enjoy the outside is to try sidewalk chalk activities. Your kids can create the old-fashioned hopscotch grid or make some fun doodles with their friends.
Playing outside allows kids to get the required physical exercise and Vitamin D. Any activity that makes your child’s muscles move counts, including running and bicycling.
Reading is one of the best summer activities for your child. You can help your child make a list of books that they want to read over the summer. Since buying new books can be super-expensive, take out the time to get a library membership.
Become Their Own Person
Summer camp is not always the answer to alleviate your child’s boredom. If parents overbook children during their time off from school, they may ultimately prevent their child from discovering their true interests. If parents don’t allow children to do and play as they want, their child may never be able to learn to do stuff themselves or explore their imagination.
If you have let your child do all of the things above and more during the holidays and they still want some screen time, let them have a little. A bit of TV and computer can also inspire your children to play actively and stimulate imagination and fun.
Now you know what to do when your child complains to you that they are bored. Not only do these activities stimulate your child’s mind and body in the best way possible, they are also a lot of fun!