With schools coming to an end, you now have the added task of keeping your kids occupied without their daily school work. Whether you’re a working parent or a stay-at-home parent, the summertime can get tough. When kids are left with nothing to do, that’s when the whining and mischief begins.
If you are looking to keep your kids busy without breaking the bank, here are some low-cost options to keep your kids occupied and entertained for the summer.
1) Teach them to cook
As we know, children can be picky eaters. It sometimes seems like it would be a miracle to get them to eat something green and healthy. Quarantine is the perfect time to teach your children the basics of cooking. You can start slowly by letting them mix ingredients. If your children are older, then they can do the fun task of chopping the ingredients since they know how to manoeuvre a knife and other sharp objects. After some practice and learning some recipes, your children can be ready to prepare simple dishes, under your supervision, of course!
2) Teach them a new language
Being in summer quarantine is an excellent time for your children to learn something new! There are so many benefits that follow multilingual children. Studies have shown that children who speak more than one language can concentrate better, and are better at multitasking! Eduka’s World is a fun and educational way for children ages 2-10 to learn English in the comfort of their own home!
3) Plant a garden
This is a fun activity for the whole family! It is a great way to get your children outside and also get excited about taking care of something. Don’t worry, if you don’t have a backyard, you can plant vegetables inside as well! Here is a great video showing how you can make an easy and affordable indoor garden for kids - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeyNdY72dac
Your kids can help choose the type of vegetable and plant they would like to grow! Most importantly, they should be responsible for watering and other garden maintenance. This is an excellent activity that can keep them busy, and outside, all summer long!
4) Craft Station
Children love to make a mess, so why not let them make a supervised mess! Your children can participate in weekly crafts like finger painting, or even making a bird-feeder! This is a fun activity for kids that allows them to get their hands dirty, but also gets them outside for some fresh air!
Here are some other fun summer crafts for kids: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/g20967550/summer-crafts/
5) Daily family walks
Many extracurricular activities like sports have been postponed or cancelled due to the recent pandemic. That was a great outlet for kids to let loose and blow off some steam. Now, they are stuck inside playing video games and snacking all day. If you set aside 30 minutes a day to walk with your kids or go for a bike ride, you and your kids can benefit from fresh air and exercise! Going for a 30-minute walk a day will help you and your kids to maintain a healthy lifestyle while improving your mood!
6) Let them be bored
The last but not least step to surviving a quarantine summer is to let your kids be bored sometimes. In this day and age, kids often have an overwhelming schedule. By allowing them to be bored, they will learn to play on their own. Experts say that boredom is essential for learning creativity.
We hope these activities will help you and your family cope for a beautiful and hot 2020 summer! This is a tough time, but at the end of the day, that means more time spent with family!
Have fun and stay safe!