With summer just ahead, kids will be out of school and looking for fun things to do. While they will enjoy a generous amount of free time to have fun with friends or relax at home, here are some meaningful activities that will keep them interested while learning new things and developing in important ways.
Kids don’t want to do their usual school activities over the summer. But many will enjoy a challenging game or activity that teaches them new things. Their minds are constantly absorbing new information, so get them a selection of topical educational crossword puzzles for kids. All kinds of subjects that interest kids have been adopted for crossword puzzles, from video games to pets.
They will enjoy solving crossword puzzles that teach them new things, like bicycle safety or building a birdhouse. Concepts like these are introduced with words that represent the lesson or idea.
Let your children help design and create a flower garden, a vegetable patch, or a yard accent like a stone-paved walkway. Kids love to try new things, and artistic designs with a lasting impact at home will remind them of their hard work and creative talent.
Assign age-appropriate tasks that might include helping to pick out the supplies and doing part of the work. A sense of accomplishment will reward their work and provide a life-long skill for the future.
Encourage your kids to write their book and have it bound at the local office supply store. They can draw accompanying pictures or insert family photographs. It could be a poetry book or a series of personal experiences and stories. They could alternately arrange a book of drawings using chalk, watercolors, and pencils, for example.
Designing a memorable collection of their favorite themes in a professional-looking arrangement will help them develop more talents that they might not know they had.
Get the kids involved in a charitable organization or volunteer activity. Most children like helping others, and it makes them feel good about themselves. They could also earn extra money from chores or doing errands for neighbors from which they can donate a portion to a local organization or a fundraiser to help a family in need. As they learn to give to others, they will begin to appreciate and be grateful for what they have.
Have fun with your kids this summer by involving them in activities that are not only fun but valuable learning and development activities. This could be their best summer yet.