With summer break right around the corner, it’s time for teachers and families alike to start planning activities that will keep kids thinking, creating, and learning in fresh, fun, summertime kinds of ways. Let’s be honest, no adult wants to hear ‘I’m bored’ all summer long, and no child wants to feel bored, either! As much as kids may say they want a break from the structure of their school days, the truth is that most kids do better when they have some sort of daily routine, sprinkled with lots of joy, of course.
No matter how old the children in your life are, there are gobs of ways for them to stay happily active and engaged. So whether you’re a parent or caregiver searching for things to do, or a teacher sharing ideas with families before the end of the school year, check out our bucket list of activities that will help everyone splash into summer.
Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors or visit new places together. Take this opportunity to go exploring right in your own neighborhood by walking to the local firehouse, town pet shop, or bakery. Spend the visiting the zoo, hitting the children’s museum, or beating the heat at a water park!
Cooking and Crafts
Bringing out the craft supplies and recipe ingredients every few days activates children’s creativity and sense of pride & accomplishment. Projects and simple snacks don’t have to cost a lot, and probably require items that many folks already have around the house. Don’t worry about the mess that comes with an art or cooking session…getting messy and then cleaning up is half the fun!
We would be remiss if we didn’t encourage kids to read, read, read during the summer! Keep it light by having a group of youngsters (this could be neighbors, cousins, you name it!) come together to hear a new story each week, read aloud by an adult or older child who is a reader. Follow up by having the children dramatize a scene from the book or create a snack or game that would go along with the story.
If you’re looking for a day camp, it’s key to find one that caters to your child’s interests and that they’re excited to attend. With budget in mind, check out summer camps for kids at local places of worship, the YMCA, or even right at school.
Throughout the summer, GrapeSEED provides weekly simple & fun videos filled with ways to keep kids joyfully engaged. Join in these weekly tutorials, featuring GrapeSEED’s beloved character ‘Marvin Monkey’, by tuning into ‘Monday’s with Marvin’ on any of our social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.
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