Does your child spend vacations holed up in front of the idiot box or playing games online? Do you want them to spend time in more constructive activities, but don't know how to engage them? If that is the case, then read on to find some cool and educative ways of keeping your little one busy this summer. We may have done these at one point or another as kids ourselves, but in all likelihood may have forgotten how much fun it can be. So, here's a refresher.
Create a bird bath
With summer increasing the heat level, use this opportunity to teach your little one to be more compassionate towards birds and animals. Help them make a small bird bath, and replenish it every day. Watching birds drink out of it, could be a very heartwarming experience for them.
Develop her green thumb
Encourage her to create her own garden. To start off, make a little box of wood and label it with her name (for example: 'Meera's farm'). Start with her favourite flower, or some simple, quick-to-grow pulses, so that the results of the first attempt are encouraging, and would make her want to plant again.
Involve them in activities with their grandparents
Design some activities that the grandpa-grandma-grandchild trio can do together. This could include buying groceries for the day, going for an evening walk to a park nearby, or the elders helping with the vacation assignments.
A vacation project
Pick up something that interests your kid-it could be countries, cars, animals or anything under the sun. Create an assignment on this topic depending on the skill you want to develop in her. You may throw in some parameters like a questionnaire for friends and neighbours, if you want to develop his social skills; or a handwritten presentation if you want him to improve his writing and drawing skills; and so on and so forth.
Sort toys to give away to those who are less fortunate
This may also become an annual ritual where all her old toys, books and clothes may be sorted by her. Then visit a children's home with her to give them away.
A morning walk
An early morning walk around the neighbourhood would help them notice all the early-morning activities, and appreciate the contribution of people such as the milkman, the car-cleaner, the waste collector, the sweeper, etc. This could also be something your child may undertake with his/her grandparents.
Discover the library
There are libraries for toys too now. So,depending on her interest, make a weekly trip to either a book or a toy library, and make a ceremony of choosing the book or toy for the week.
A vacation memoir
If you have undertaken a vacation recently, encourage your child to document the trip, from the planning process to the cleaning up after getting back. If using photographs is not possible, then the most important scenes of the trip could be sketched and coloured too.
We have all enjoyed them as kids-Andaz Apna Apna, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Mr. India, et al. Watching classic movies with your children can turn out to be a fun activity for you too. The neighbourhood video library could be a great place to hunt for the DVDs.
Creating festivity cards
Greetings are now mainly electronic or through text messages. But it may be fun to have your little one create some cards for upcoming birthdays, festivals and other occasions for friends and family. These could be proudly signed by her, too!