10 Fun Activities To Ensure Your Child Doesn't Get Bored This Summer Holiday
Summer is the time to relax, have fun and make memories. If you have not planned a family trip, engage your child in some fun activities to keep her occupied during the summer holidays.
By Shirley Johanna
For most children, summer holidays are a long-awaited break from school, when they can play with friends, go on a trip and watch television for hours. But, the holidays may become quite boring after the first week, if not planned well.
When children are asked not to spend too much time with gadgets and in front of the TV they often complain, “I’m bored! What should I do?” To make summer holidays fun and interesting, parents need to plan fun activities for their kids to keep them engaged and end boredom. Fun summer activities not only keep the children occupied, but also make them independent, confident and build self-esteem when they try out new activities on their own.
Did you know summer is the perfect time for children to have fun by learning new activities? Here are 10 simple ones for children to spend their time well during the vacations.
1. Try bubble painting
Bubble painting is a great way to get your kid away from TV. It is fun, easy and inexpensive. The colourful, artwork that your child makes can be used as book covers or to make handmade cards. Bubble painting can be a bit messy, but it could turn out to be an engaging activity on a sunny day.
Here’s a simple method for a fun bubble painting activity -
- A large bowl
- A straw
- Few sheets of paper
- Water for mixing
- In a bowl, mix paint with a little water and stir it up, then blow into it with a straw to create bubbles.
- Gently place a paper over the bubbles. The paint leaves a perfect outline of the bubble's shape on the paper, creating a beautiful design.
2. Make a dreamcatcher
Dreamcatchers are often used to keep a child from having nightmares. These handmade objects can be an interesting activity for your little one during the holidays. Making a dreamcatcher is a fun and inexpensive craft that lets your child get creative. There are several ways to make one and she can use her imagination to make a beautiful dreamcatcher. Here's a simple method for a colourful DIY dreamcatcher.
- Metal ring
- Colourful yarn
- Beads or glitters
- Tie the yarn to the metal ring with a double knot. Wrap the yarn around the ring until you cover the entire ring.
- Take a different coloured yarn, tie a double knot and create a web inside the metal ring.
- Cut three pieces of yarn to hang down from the frame. Thread a few beads onto the yarn and tie knots. At the end of each yarn, use glue to stick feathers.
- When the dreamcatcher is done, your child can hang it on the wall in her bedroom.
3. Make a water slide in the backyard
A water slide is a perfect activity on a hot day, a great substitute for the pool and a fun way for the kids to stay cool. A backyard water slide is super-easy to make, and it will keep your kids entertained for hours. Slides can be made using a lengthy plastic sheet in the backyard. Every child will be excited to go on a water slide. Pool toys can be used to increase the fun factor.
4. Plan a treasure hunt
Treasure hunts are a great and easy way to keep the children entertained. It also helps to get the kids thinking and keep them busy for hours. Here are the simple steps to plan a treasure hunt -
- Choose a location which is safe and accessible. It could be the front yard, backyard or a park.
- Prepare a surprise treasure to find at the end of the hunt. If the hunt involves more players, plan a surprise gift for all the players.
- Get creative with clues; more the clues, more exciting the treasure hunt will be. Hints, puzzles and riddles can be used to make clues. Get up to 8- 10 clues to make the hunt interesting.
5. Bake cakes or cookies
Baking is a fun way to fill your child's tummy and keep him busy over the summer holidays. It could be even more fun when the child and the parent bake a cake or cookies together. It will help your child develop the skill that will be useful when he is independent. There are various activities around baking that your child will enjoy, such as making cupcakes and decorating them with frosting and sprinkles. Cookies are also a great idea to have fun as he can experiment with cookie cutters, use food colouring and sprinkles to make each cookie unique.
6. Make your own fruit popsicle
Children enjoy a refreshing frozen popsicle on a hot summer day. Making popsicles at home is a fun activity to engage kids. Fresh fruits like watermelon, mango and strawberry can be used to make popsicles at home. The fresh fruit ones are a great option as they do not contain any preservatives or artificial food colouring. Puree fresh fruits and pour it into popsicle moulds to make frozen treats that are both delicious and nutritious.
7. Host a water fight
Most children would love to get into a water fight. With the rise in temperature, water games are the best way to get your little ones to keep cool. Water games are sure to get your kids moving and enjoying the outdoors. Choose a large outdoor space for a water fight. Use water balloons, buckets and garden hoses for the game. Play as a family and ensure you take precautions, so that no one gets hurt. Friends and neighbours can be invited to make the activity merrier.
8. Watch birds
Bird watching is a great activity for kids as it helps them get to know about the environment and the importance of nature. Take your kid to the park or the lake for bird watching. For this interesting activity, all you need is a pair of binoculars and a bird book. Teach your child to use the bird book to keep track of what he sees. He could even sketch the bird to record the various types. Ask your child to spot the colour of the bird, shape of the bird's beaks and feet to help to identify different birds. Bird watching is a relaxing hobby which will also help to increase the child’s knowledge about flora and fauna.
9. Make herbariums a new hobby
A herbarium is a scrapbook that includes pressed flowers, leaves and grasses. This could be an exciting activity for the kids and it is also is easy to make. Children can collect summer flowers and leaves for the herbarium when they go for a walk in the garden or a park.
- Assorted flowers and leaves
- A plastic sheet
- A heavy book
- A scrapbook
- Pick a flower or a leaf and carefully place it under a heavy book and leave it until completely dry. Use plastic sheet to prevent staining the pages of the book.
- Once dry, glue the flower on the page of a scrapbook.
- These dried flowers and leaves can also be used to make greeting cards.
10. Make a memory jar
A memory jar is a great way to preserve summer memories of the days spent with family and friends during the holidays. Use a mason jar to collect all the memories. Label the jar as 'summer memory jar' and decorate with ribbons, buttons, sequins or use your own creativity. Encourage your child to write down the fun activity of the day and preserve it as a memory in a jar. A jar of memories helps your child go back to his favourite moments for many years to come.
At the end of the day, parents want their children to make the most of their summer vacation and create new memories that last a lifetime. And these fun-filled activities are bound to ensure that!
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