Fun, Educational Summer Activities for Kids
Summer Activities Books
For more information on children see:
- Life Lessons I Have Learned From Playing With Legos
If you have chlidren, especially boys, you probably have played with legos.These little colorful interlocking blocks have been around for many years and have entertained many children. Adults enjoy them too. ...
- How to Encourage Your Child to Read
A child can travel to new places, meet new people, and learn about our world through reading. But for some children learning to read is a difficult task, and they have yet to discover the joys of reading. They...
- Fun "At Home" Activities To Do With Your Grandkids
- Important Lessons I have Learned From Children
Kids are always excited when school is out and summer's here. For a few days they keep themselves busy; sleeping later, playing with friends, watching tv, playing computer games amuse them for a while. Then comes the inescapable complaint all parents dread-- "I'm bored!"
Here are few suggestions to keep your kids busy and learning throughout the summer:
Check out your local library. Many libraries have special summer programs for children. Sometimes libraries bring in guest artists and writers to give presentations or offer special workshops. Your child could discover a new interest or hobby.
Visit local attractions. If you are lucky enough to live in or near a city, there are probably area attractions that are both educational and interesting. In the city where I live, for example, we have a train museum, a zoo, an art museum, a planetarium, a marine museum, and a historical mansion that is open for tours. And this is all within ten miles of my home. Check out what's in your area.
Create a family scrapbook. For a creative project, your child or children could develop a family scrapbook. Help your child gather pictures, drawings, certificates or other items of importance and organize them into a scrapbook. This could be very simple or elaborate, depending on the age of the child. A scrapbook is a way to encourage planning and creativity, and it's fun!
Encourage your child to volunteer. If your child is a bit older (probably at least 9 or 10), s/he he could volunteer at some organization in your area. Animal shelters sometimes allow children to come and walk animals or just pet animals to socialize them. Children can volunteer to read to people at the hospital or nursing home. Even walking around and collecting litter in parks or on the roadway provides a way for a child to volunteer. Volunteer experiences can often be both rewarding and educational for a child.
Go for a hike (or a bike hike, if you prefer). To make this an educational experience for your child, you can plan to stop along the trail and check out interesting insects, birds, and plants. If this seems like too much preparation, just take a digital camera along, and stop along the way and take interesting photos.
You can involve younger children by having them plan out a snack break or bag lunch. This is a way to start encouraging them to eat healthy.
So when a child complains about being bored, suggest activities that are not just fun, but educational too!
More by this Author
Gentleness is a virtue, but one must work at being gentle. Gentle people are not weak or passive, rather they are kind. We should strive to be gentle because gentleness calms people and diminishes chaos. Steps to...
Children with asperger's syndrome experience difficulties associated with theory of mind, also known as mindblindness. The asperger child has difficluty making inferences as demonstrated through black-and-white...
Being a good neighbor helps develop a sense of community. A good neighbor helps others and is respectful, and good neighbors enrich our lives.