Summer holidays could be neverending ennui for a child if there is little for her to do, and having a bored child around the house can wreck havoc in your life (ask any parent!). So before the dreaded B-letter word begins to make an appearance in your house, use these handy ideas to ensure your little brat has a great time, throughout the vacation!
- Arty party: Create a mini art corner in your house, with the requisite supplies-drawing sheets, crayons, paints and scissors. Give your child a project for each day. It could be landscape painting one day, and a wall hanging for her bedroom the next. Share some ideas to get her started, and watch her busily toil away at her latest art project. At the end of each week, she could display all her artwork for the family in a mock art exhibition, for fun! You can even invite her friends to join in.
- Cook a little do: The first half of the day, when the sun is shining bright and there is little to do, getting your little one engaged in some cooking activity can be a great idea. Not only will you get a happy helper in the kitchen, but the activity would also teach your child a few tricks to make her more independent. You can get her to toss up a salad, read the recipe for dinner-time meals, and help you with the preparation. You can even bake some treats together, which she can enjoy as a snack during the day. Another must-make in the summers is making their very own version of ice-lollies.
- Get cultural: Plan a day out with your child this summer to explore all the major cultural spots in your city. Explore city-based museums when it gets too hot outdoors, then end the day with a bus ride, or a walk by the sea-side, and snack on the local fare. It's a great way to increase your child's knowledge about the city too.
- Plan a summer picnic: There is no better time to enjoy a picnic than in the summers. Of course, we don't recommend sitting outdoors in the scorching heat. What you can do is pack a little picnic and head out to a nearby park by early evening. You could enjoy the sunset, have some snacks, and indulge in outdoor sports as a family on any given Sunday. And if you have the choice, make a day of it by driving outside the city to a nearby hill station (there are plenty of options for Mumbaikars).
- Water play: When the weather gets hot, nothing feels better than splashing around in cool water. Take your child for a swim, or get creative with some water-play ideas. You can turn on the sprinkler or the garden hose if your housing society has a lawn and let the children have a little rain dance (you can join in too, of course). If not, drag out the inflatable pool and let your child indulge in a bubble bath. Add some games for an extra dose of fun-like finding the treasure under the bubbles, or wearing a Santa beard with bubbles...you get the drift, right?
So, this was our list on fun activities to do with your children in summers. Have any other ideas that you've tried with your kids? Share your ideas in the comments section below.
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