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At long last, it’s time for summer vacations! While your tiny tots must be rejoicing at the thought of two months of no school and complete masti, the long holidays are known to cause parents some stress when they are faced with the BIG question – how to keep the kids occupied. Gainfully.
Before you think of spending pots of money on sending your children to some expensive summer camp, there is a lot that they can do – at home and at a fraction of the cost. Presenting- The Holiday Survival Kit with your Kids this Summer Vacations. In other words, 10 fun ideas to keep your kids occupied this summer. Read on:
1. Hop, skip and Hip Hop
As it gets too hot for kids to get outside, the best way to channel their boundless energy can be by enrolling them in a dance class. Dancing is a wonderful activity for kids. Besides giving them an inherent sense of rhythm, it also fosters a positive self-image in them. If ever there was a way to help a child gain confidence, poise and grace, a dance lesson is the one! Let them start early (there are classes for even 2 year olds). And most importantly, it’s a lot of fun!
2. Let the music play!
Learning a musical instrument can not only help your child fine-tune her ear, but also enhance their social skills. In fact research suggests that music and maths are inter-connected. By understanding beat, rhythm and scales, children pick up how to divide, fractions and understand patterns. Music wires a child’s brain in a way that develops their analytical skills as well. Not many know that Einstein was also proficient at playing the violin! So make the most of the summer break, enroll your kid for a music lesson.
3. Aye! Aye! Captain
Fancy dress days can be a big saviour apart from being absolute fun. Kids are fascinated with their super heroes and comic characters. Plan a fancy dress day and let them create their own props and masks. Superman, Batman, Spidey, a pirate, a friendly alien, an astronaut or Iron man- let them workout their thought muscles! We bet you will be amazed by their imagination. The whole process of planning to execution will keep them occupied till evening. And then you surprise papa!
4. Tinker on, Tinkerbell
Let your kids discover something rare and soon-to-be antique. We are talking about that old radio, abandoned stereo player and gadgets that were once very precious but now are gathering dust in some corner of the house. It’s time to bring them out and let your kids tinker with them, pull them apart and try to put them together again. Recommended for kids above 7 years.
5. Move over Einstein
Fascinate young minds with fun, easy and safe science experiences. When the scorching summer sun haunts, it’s better to get a makeshift lab for your little champs at home. Wondering about science project ideas? Say hello to the internet. You’ll find get some cool clues from Pinterest.
6. Little Masterchefs
“Mom let’s cook”. Isn’t this like music to your ears? It’s deeply satisfying to see the junior masterchefs accomplishing culinary achievements however small. Cook along with them; you’ll find lots of kid special recipes online.
7. Let’s play with Mother Nature
Did you know that soil contains bacteria that can make us happy? No wonder, gardeners are some of the happiest people on the planet. Start a gardening project with your children, let them take care, water and see their hard work bloom within a couple of days. Add garden tents, gnomes, scarecrows to make it more interesting. Remember, sweet little gardeners need a regular supply of lemonade and lassi.
8. Movie Time
Play dates are quite the norm in the West but more and more mommies are planning similar meetings in India as well. A good idea is to call your kid’s friends over for a nice movie on a hot afternoon while sipping on a cold drink and some cookies, maybe? You can rest for some time while your little one’s curious minds are entertained by sci-fi or animated flicks.
9. A Beautiful Mess!
Smart Parenting- Level 2: As that ad says, ‘daag acche hote hain’. Let your kids have a great time without worrying about creating a mess. Buy painting stationaries, chart papers and items to make an art studio for the little Picassos. T-shirt painting and wall posters can be cool too. Let your kids unleash their imagination this summer vacation.
10. Visiting Gramps
Vacations are a good time to reconnect with friends and relatives. Your little ones will love the idea of a trip to nani’s place! It’s quite common for kids to be packed off to their grandparents’ house for the summer.
So that’s it, Moms and Dads, we’re sure our little list will help you in planning a great time for your children. These are the days you’ll wish you had had more of when they are grown and gone and the house is quiet. Happy Summer Vacations!
P.S. If you have any other ideas for kids, please share them here, we would love to hear from you!
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