Finding Activities for Kids this Summer
Summer is here, the kids are out of school, and if anyone is going to retain their sanity, you’re going to have to come up with some summer activities for kids to keep your children busy.
Having your kids at home for their summer break can be a lot of fun, but it can also be overwhelming. Days that used to be filled with school and after-school extracurricular activities are now over and kids have a lot of extra time on their hands.
Every parent that is home with their children throughout the summer has undoubtedly noticed their child get frustrated about not having anything to do. Keeping your children active and busy throughout the summer will ensure that you and your children are able to enjoy the time off from school.
Get Outside, Get Active!
Start by making sure that your children are playing outside. Take them to a park, let them play in the backyard or take them to a beach or lake. Playing outside is a great way for children to get their energy out and tap into their imagination. Encourage them to play games and run around to get their energy out while they are outside. Being outside is a great summer activity for kids.
In addition to helping you keep your sanity, having your kids play outside will also help them stay physically active. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children need at least one hour of physical activity each day. Physical activity helps kids strengthen muscle and bones, as well as gives them energy and helps them stay in shape.
While free play time is very beneficial to your children, it’s also a good idea to enroll them in one or more organized sports team. This helps ensure that they get enough physical exercise, and they get the benefit of competing and playing with children their age. Skills such as physical coordination, playing well with others, and good sportsmanship can be developed with team sports as well.
Promote Creative Play and Spontaneity
Planning activities in the house that your kids can do on their own will also be helpful. Start a project with them and make sure that it is something they are excited about. You can start building a tent in a spare bedroom and let them continue with the adventure.
Finding ways to ensure that they feel comfortable playing and using their imagination will be beneficial for you and for your children. Children already have an active imagination, but encouraging their creativity and spontaneity will help them carry it well into adulthood.
Not all summertime activity has to be (nor should it be) planned out to the minute. Instead, give your children a wide berth to come up with their own activities. You don’t have to let them run wild over the neighborhood, but you should try your best to provide them with a safe framework where they can just be kids. One way to do this is to provide rules and boundaries within which they are free to do as they wish.
Take a Tip from an Old School Standby: The Field Trip
Your kids most likely loved field trips during school, but it can also be a great way to get your children excited and involved this summer. Plan something with them, so they can feel the extra accomplishment that comes with planning an activity and carrying it out. If you have more than one child, you may want to let each of them choose a location. Focus on museums, parks or other interesting and local sights that you can go see.
These “family field trips” are a great way for you children to get to know your community and learn about local history and customs. You may wish to look for ways to integrate the things they learned at school, so that they can continue their education throughout the summer and not be behind once they return in the fall.
Field trips are also a great way to break up the week if you feel like everyone is stuck at home for too long. A change in scenery could be just what the doctor ordered if anyone is starting to get irritable at home.