It’s finally here – the time that most students pine for every single time they attend school has arrived. Summer vacations are inbound, and adolescents are finally free from the shackles of waking up early and attending school. They can finally stop calling themselves “students” and start calling themselves “children” – albeit for a limited time. The amount of free time that children have at this point seems like a boon to them.
However, this can turn into a curse as well.
After all, students are used to following a routine during the weekday. While it might seem somewhat liberating to not be bound by certain responsibilities during this time span, the fact of the matter is that most children will quickly realise that there are very few ways to pass the time. This can lead to a growing sense of boredom that can quickly become quite unbearable.
Therefore, it’s important to keep a child occupied during these vacations. Here are some of the major activities that can help engage kids in these holidays.
- Making meals: Learning how to cook a meal is an important life skill that anyone should know, and developing this skill in a child is an excellent course of action to take. Aside from teaching a kid how to cook, parents can also engage him in a task that will keep him occupied, thus alleviating any boredom that could arise as a result.
- An outing amidst nature: Before we get into detail, let us state beforehand that the average human spends a whopping 41% of his life looking at a screen! It’s a startling statistic that should serve as a wake-up call to anyone who wants their child to grow up and appreciate life with their own eyes, instead of a screen. Planning a camping trip, going for a hiking expedition, or just allowing them to perform the seemingly mundane task of gardening is an excellent way for them to enjoy.
- Develop their creativity: There is a bevy of creative activities that kids can perform to expand their horizons. Everything from normal arts-and-crafts to building blocks can help shape, develop, and amplify a kid’s creative thinking.
- Scavenger hunt: This is a great activity that combines a lot of what we’ve already stated earlier. An A-to-Z scavenger hunt will compel a child to explore – something that is sorely missing in the age of technology, where everything can generally be found with a simple Google search. By making this act of discovery physical, children will find an outlet to develop their cognitive skills as well.
It’s true that summer vacation is a time for children to relax. However, it can also be treated as a way for these adolescents to explore different avenues of obtaining information developing valuable life skills that will serve them well in the long run.