Usually, the novelty of summer vacation and no school wears thin with the kids as August approaches. They end up bored because thinking of something to do is just too much work, so, they don’t. Even parents get overwhelmed with this sort of thing as the weeks pass and the days grow a bit shorter. With free time on our hands almost every day during the summer, kids and parent are often overwhelmed with how to plan to keep everything exciting until school starts again.
Here are a few additional ideas for kids and the entire family to help bust late summer boredom:
READ FOR 20 MINUTES A DAY
Reading is such a good thing to reinforce every day. It exercises those muscles in a young child’s brain and stimulates their creative juices. It is an excellent quiet time activity, and it is a great way for the family to wind down at the end of every night. It is not so important what the child reads, just make sure they do it every day.
GET CREATIVE WITH ART OR MUSIC EVERY DAY
Nothing nourishes a sense of creativity like creating something. With so many neat and exciting craft kits, art kits, or fun supplies available, children are sure to find something to capture their interest even if they can require help from someone older. Late summer can be a great time to consider learning to play the guitar online or something low key that your kids have always wanted to do. Just try to have the kids do something creative every day.
TRY TO TAKE ONE CLASS
In most communities there are so many fun and unique opportunities to learn something new. Even your local library can be a great resource for this and many of the things you will find will be free or very inexpensive! There are also many fun online classes children can take, some are even free! The possibilities are endless!
SPEND 20 MINUTES A DAY HELPING THE FAMILY
These 20 minutes should be over and above any responsibilities a child already may have in your family. In most cases your kids have more free time and that means they can lighten the load of other family members by doing a little bit of extra work every day.
SERVE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY AT LEAST ONCE
Nothing is better than serving others, and it is a great thing to do as a family, when possible. Finding the time to do this during the school year can be difficult, which is why this a great summertime activity.
SPEND 20 MINUTES OUTDOORS EVERY DAY, WEATHER PERMITTING
Getting outside every day is so good, even if it is just to relax in the shade reading a book. If the summer is too hot, try the early morning or evening times when it is a bit cooler. Only 20 minutes outdoors can do wonders for daytime energy or better sleep at night.
HAVE 20 MINUTES OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY EVERY DAY
Just like kids need to exercise their brain muscles during the summer, they should also exercise their actual muscles. Not only is it healthy from an emotional and physical standpoint, but you are also instilling healthy habits within your kids. Try to organize neighborhood games, as they can be so much fun!
GET DIRTY EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE
If you are groaning about this one, it is understandable. Everyone hates dealing with messes and messy kids, but, getting dirty and messy on occasion is important. Let your kids can have a shaving cream fight, a water balloon fight, or help with the planting and weeding. The amazing thing is that kids and messes do get cleaned up. And it is okay to deal with the mess until they do.
VISIT A PARK, PLAYGROUND, OR SOME SORT OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY IN YOUR COMMUNITY ONCE A WEEK
These are great to visit on a weekly basis. No matter what it is, your kids are guaranteed to smile at least once while they’re doing it, and it’s a way that your kids can have some fun without you having any of the cleanup afterward. These are also great places for you to be a kid right along with your kids.
GO OUTSIDE AT NIGHT AND WATCH THE STARS A FEW TIMES
Some of the best memories can be made doing this. It is so easy to let this slip by, but these memories really are among our most special ones. It’s a great time for quiet, and it often sets the background for some great conversations that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. This one is so important.
Providing and encouraging your kids with some scheduled yet fun activities, especially during the last weeks of summer vacation makes for less boredom, less time wasted, more fun for them, and often more family time, too.
At T's Learning Center, providing full-time child daycare in Jacksonville and surrounding areas, we hope that your family is having a wonderful summer and enjoying every activity. We look forward to catching up with all the kids as the summer comes to an end!