School is out for the summer, and although your children were excited at first, the novelty has worn off. Don’t despair. There are some things that you can do to help your kids fight boredom and keep learning this summer.
Sign your children up for youth groups or organizations this summer. Organizations like 4-H and Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs offer fun and educational opportunities for kids over the summer. They have different projects and activities throughout the summer that your children will love. They also provide your children with the opportunity to interact with other children their own age.
Let your children’s imaginations take flight. Encourage them to do art projects this summer. This can be as simple as drawing or painting pictures. You can even let your child experiment with taking photos with their own digital camera.
Your children can capture those fun memories of summer with their digital camera and turn them into a photo journal. This journal can contain pictures of various summer events like the Fourth of July fireworks or that trip to the zoo. Your children can even opt to take pictures of other things related to summer like insects or birds for their photo journal.
Movies are an exciting part of summer. If doesn’t matter your children’s ages, chances are they love going to the movies. Make the movies a little more interesting. Have them critique the movies they watch this summer. Have them compose movie reviews. They can even send these reviews to your local newspaper.
Another great way to keep your children busy this summer is to encourage them to write for online writing sites. Online writing sites like Helium and Yahoo Voices allow young writers to publish their work. Some sites like Helium have assignment boards while other sites allow the writer to choose their own topics.
Keep your children busy writing this summer. Host writing contests. Challenge your kids to compose a poem a day this summer or to write 10 or more short stories. If your children don’t like to do creative writing activities, try having them keep a journal of their activities this summer.
Emphasize the importance of preserving nature to your children this summer. Have them pledge to recycle and help them get started. There are a variety of things that your children can recycle like as juice pouches, drink cans, ink cartridges, drink can tabs, potato chip bags, toothpaste containers, old cell phones, and even make-up containers.
Keep your children busy this summer break. Encourage them to join youth groups, or do some of the other fun activities listed above.