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Keeping Kids Engaged: The Top 3 Summer Break Activities for Children

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

"Summer break is not just a season; it's nostalgia!It's filled with memories of endless fun, laughter, and adventures that stay with us for a lifetime!"

Summer break is a special time for children. It's an opportunity for kids to take a break from their daily routine, recharge batteries, and explore new interests. While children need to have fun and enjoy their summer break, it's also crucial for parents, guardians, or caregivers to plan activities that will help them develop essential life skills. There are multiple activities children can do during their summer break that are both fun and educational.


Top 3 Summer Break Activities:


Cooking:

A child baking cookies with her mom - a perfect summer break activity.

Some of you might find it surprising, but yes, cooking is a multi-dimensional activity that can be fun and educational at the same time. As children learn to try and make simple and new recipes, they also build their essential life skills.


As they read through instructions and measure the ingredients, it improves their math skills. They have to pay attention to details while cooking and take ownership. Learning how to handle pans & vessels safely makes them responsible. When children learn to make a dish independently, it builds their self-confidence. It also builds time management and organisational skills as you need to plan in advance for what you will need and time yourself as you cook.


Some examples:


  • Make homemade pizzas: Children can learn to make the pizza dough, choose their own toppings, and bake their own pizzas.


  • Bake cookies: Children can learn to make the cookie dough, shape the cookies, and decorate them with icing or sprinkles.


  • Make smoothies: Children can learn to blend different fruits and vegetables to make delicious and healthy smoothies. This activity is perfect for hot summer days.

Make it a weekend family activity! It's an excellent way to bond as everyone gets together to cook a special dish. Let children come up with their own unique recipes and try out different combinations of ingredients and flavours. It boosts their creativity skills.


Art & Craft:

dad and kids doing craft work /art & craft activities are excellent summer break activities.

Art and craft activities are a fantastic way to tickle your creative side and play with your imagination. There is no limit on what you can do, and it pushes you to think out of the box. Handling different tools, e.g. scissors, and glue guns, builds your fine motor skills. Trying to make something new might turn out differently than expected; you might need to redo, tweak and/or find solutions. It builds your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Art & craft is an excellent way to bond with family and friends and learn something new.


Some examples:


  • Painting: Let children explore different mediums such as watercolours, acrylic paints, or finger paint and create their unique artwork. They can also experiment with varied techniques, such as sponge or knife painting.


  • Clay modelling: It is a fun activity that helps children develop fine motor skills and creativity. Let them create figures or objects of their choice.


  • Origami: Children can learn how to fold different shapes and figures, which helps them develop their fine motor skills. It also builds patience and creativity.


Art and craft activities provide children with a fun and engaging way to develop essential life skills such as creativity, problem-solving, and fine motor skills. The best part is there are many options to choose from and decide as per your child's interest.


Travelling:

Kids resting on a hiking trip. Travelling to new places is an excellent summer break activity.

Travelling to a new place is an excellent activity for children during summer break. It's an opportunity to explore new and unseen places and learn about different cultures and cuisines. And yes, build important life skills through it too.


When we travel away from home, we are in a new place and setting. Children are used to specific tastes and sleeping habits. Trying different cuisines and staying in new environments teaches them to be adaptable and flexible. Travelling is also an opportunity to connect with locals and learn about their culture and customs, building their social awareness and communication skills. Get children involved in packing their own bags and planning the itinerary. It makes them independent and responsible for managing their own belongings - building their self-confidence. Travel can often have uncertainties like delayed aeroplanes, lost luggage or long train journeys. As children learn to navigate these problems, it enhances their critical & creative thinking skills along with their problem-solving skills. Travelling is not just an opportunity to see and experience something new but also to meet and connect with new people.


Some Examples:


  • Pack wisely: Encourage children to pack their own bags and only pack what they need. It can help them develop independence and responsibility.


  • Experience the local culture: Encourage children to try local foods and learn some basic phrases in the local language. Take them around places of cultural importance. It can help them develop empathy and cultural understanding.


  • Document the trip: Encourage children to keep a travel journal or take photos to document their experiences. It can help them reflect on their experiences and appreciate the travel and new experiences.


With some planning and preparation, parents and caregivers can help children have fun and educational experiences while travelling to new places.



Summary


Summer break is an excellent time for children to relax, have fun, and learn new things outside the classroom. As parents, guardians, or caregivers, planning activities that help children develop essential life skills is important. By engaging in various activities during summer break, children can gain valuable experiences and skills that will benefit them in all aspects of their lives. A few points to remember:-


  • Choose activities that align with your child's interests and abilities to get them actively engaged. It will also make the activities enjoyable for them.


  • Involve them when you are planning on what activities to undertake and even when you are preparing for the activities. Children learn to take ownership, and it helps build their organisation skills.


  • Plan some as group activities with friends or cousins. It will be a wonderful childhood memory when they grow up, and the kids learn to bond with each other. It builds their collaboration and social skills as they learn to work in a team.


  • Gently nudge them to try new things. Remind the importance of practice. It helps them develop patience and perseverance.


Summer breaks can be a fun and engaging way for children to develop essential life skills that will be valuable throughout their life.




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