Summer vacations are cheerfully welcomed by kids. And why not? The heat is on and a due break is what they deserve. On the flip side, summer vacations pose some challenges too, especially for the parents. Parents constantly wonder that with kids being at home all the time, how are they going to get time to go on with the usual housework. The answer isn’t difficult! Parents should devise vacation activities and tasks that keep the kids busy and entertained at the same time. So while kids will be busy with their new routine, housework can go on as usual. Here is our pick of a few fun vacation activities that will keep your kids occupied and engaged this summer vacation.
Summer Home: Fun Vacation Activities For Kids
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Colors and all things vibrant and attractive find interest with kids. If you can manage to collect some art and craft supplies before the vacations begin, then the vacations can turn out interesting and fruitful for both kids and you. For instance, ice-cream sticks can be used to create fun pen stands, regular craft paper can be used to create gorgeous flowers and old newspapers and magazines can be used to create fun and informative collages. If your kids are small and cannot be left alone to use sharp objects like scissors, stick to paper tearing tasks. Also, if you plan to leave your kids unattended during their activities, make sure that all things dangerous and messy are out of reach. This includes scissors, paints, liquid glue , etc.
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Summer Day Camps
With so many day camps coming up during vacations, make sure to check out a few before the summer vacations commence. Summer day camps hold vacation activities that might be a little difficult to carry out at home. Day camps usually run for about two to three hours everyday and carry out activities like horse-riding, dramatics and theatre, pottery, dance, music, etc. You can be rest assured that your child will come out learning something worthwhile while being entertained to the fullest.
Fun Summer Organization Activities
If you take the creative route, you can trick your kids into doing some household work for you. For instance, if their cupboard needs organization, you can help them make creative labels for different sections and then have them organize their stuff into stacks and ask them to put it away in the assigned space or drawers. The same can be done for their toys, desks, etc. While the activity is fun for them, you will have a section of your home organized by the end of it.
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Now this one is for kids who can carry on tasks without much supervision. Have you child select and easy yet tasty recipe. Simple non complicated recipes usually use simple ingredients that one usually stocks at home. Baking recipes go great with kids. While you can trust your kids with mixing and beating, you might still want to supervise the baking part. What awaits at the end is a delicious treat.
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Gardening is a great way to teach your child the valuable lessons of love, care and nurturing. Find a shaded spot in your garden and help your child prepare a small bed of flowers, plants or summer veggies. Buy your child a mini gardening children’s tool kit and let them take care of plants and flowers. Not only will you have a beautiful patch to flaunt, your children will learn the invaluable lessons of life, nurturing and growth.
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Kids at home aren’t a headache if parents pre-plan a bit and organize vacation activities that are a learning experience and fun at the same time. Agreed, you might have to peep in now and then to check if your child is carrying on well, but its worth the effort and does give you some precious me time. After all, isn’t it great to see your kids using their time constructively rather than lazing on a couch all day long with the T.V blaring at its loudest! Vacation activities are indeed a great way to get your kids busy. Do share with us your plans about keeping your kids busy this vacation.
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