Summer vacation is a much awaited event in every child and every parent’s life. Mangoes, grandparents, hill stations –It’s a cocktail of everything nice. Summer vacations have seen a great transformation when compared to olden times, the most marked one being – high pressure on parents to engage children constructively. Now owing to changing times and development of technology, there is a pressure on parents to device methods to engage children constructively because the distractions available to children are so many.
Summer vacations gives children enough time to relax and make the maximum use of possibilities to explore his/her interest. There are a number of ways you can engage your child like
1. Enrolling for a summer camp.
There is a plethora of summer camps available these days. For preschoolers it gives an opportunity to interact with new people which can be beneficial for his /her socio emotional development.
2. Join a reading club and try to be a part of reading challenge.
If you cannot find a reading challenge in your reading club, organize one yourself. It can be fun
3. Organise a Summer Vacation Bingo Challenge at home
Here we are giving you a comprehensive list of activities you can make your child to do. We have tried to make the list as interesting as possible by giving a right mix of indoor and outdoor activity. You can take a print out of this here and paste it on your fridge wall. Encourage the child to cut down each activity once he or she is done. Believe us….Children love to take challenges.
4. Learn a new skill .
Life skills like cycling,swimming to name a few, can be learnt during vacations.
5. Watch some good movies .
Good movies can be a great learning experience for children. If you can keep control on what your child watches during vacation ,the screen time can be used as an effective tool for showing your child different cultures sitting in the comfort of your home. You can see a list of 10 good movies for pre schoolers here.
6.Learning to use a new gadget at home
Teach your child how to use a washing machine. Making children independent can be beneficial not only for the parent but also for the child also.It increases the confidence and self esteem of the child.
7. Learning a new language
Learning a new language can boost problem solving, critical thinking, listening skills, memory, concentration and the ability to multi task.
8. Learning new sport
It not only improves the fitness of your child, it will also help him to uncover his physical potential.
9. Learning a new art form
In this changing world, pursuing any hobby is a must .It will not only help the child to relax but this can be an asset for him in future.Who knows ,if he finds the hobby so interesting he may convert this hobby into a career in future.
Times have changed. Engaging children constructively has become a requirement now as technology has really percolated into our routines so much that it can be detrimental to children if they are not guided properly. Yes, Parenting these days indeed is challenging, but life is fun only when challenges are thrown at you. What Say?
Let us know what you did during this vacation in the comment box below.