Fun activities to try with your kids before school starts
MANILA, Philippines – It comes as no surprise that kids love summer vacations. After all, that’s two months without homework, and usually, unlimited playtime. Some also look forward to it because of the many workshops and clinics they can enjoy with new-found friends. But these glorious days of fun under the sun aren’t just for them – it’s for you parents as well.
You too can relax and loosen the reins on your child a bit. While they’re usually tired or asleep when you get home from work during the school year, summer vacation gives you a few more hours a day to spend time and catch up with them.
Take advantage of the last remaining days of vacation by mixing all the fun with a little bit of preparation for the school months ahead.
Vacations aren’t just relaxing; they also introduce the family to new experiences. These are very important especially for younger kids who are still eager to explore and discover new things. One weekend, you can drive down to a nearby beach, frolic under the sun, and camp under the stars.
The journey is just as important as the destination. A 1- to 2-hour road trip will allow you to bond and prepare your children for longer trips. If you have preschool children, while in the car, encourage them to read road signs and explain what they mean. To hone their observation skills, you can also play simple games like “Eye Spy” or have them count red (or any other color!) cars on the road.
Did you enroll your child in dance or enrichment classes this vacation? Their final recital or culminating workshop might already be done, but they can still continue learning. Take a look at their curricula for the next year and incorporate the lessons with fun activities.
For example, if fractions will be discussed in Math class, explain simple concepts like ratio and proportion through baking. You can also visit a zoo, museum, or have them read a book of their choice with a slightly higher reading level.
This is especially helpful for children who will be moving up to new “milestone” levels – such as those about to enter Grade 1.
Create memorable moments
The idea here is to make your home a safe and cheerful place. Some experts believe food treats centered on occasional special events like family game night or slumber parties help children remember and fondly look back on these moments. Make some homemade ice candy on a hot afternoon or snack on popcorn while under an indoor fort made out of blankets. Basically, play with your kids and do things they enjoy doing.
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