How to Keep Your Kids Busy over Summer Vacation
Summer vacation can be a stressful time for parents. You have no idea what you’re going to do with your kids all day, and then they’re at home all day long. But I have some helpful tips that will keep your kids happy, occupied, and learning during their summer break.
Have a weekly theme
One of the best ways to keep your kids engaged and learning over summer vacation is by coming up with a weekly theme. Here are some examples:
- Themes for the entire summer (or for each week):
- A different country or region every week
- Science, math, art, and music activities in that order each day
Make a chore chart
A chore chart is a great way to teach kids responsibility and organization. Chore charts help kids learn how to manage their time, money, and other resources. A chore chart teaches kids that they need to earn their allowance or pay for things they want by completing tasks around the house. It helps them understand that these chores are important because they help keep the house clean, organized, or safe.
Set up a camp at home
Camping is a great way to get your kids outside, learn about nature and bond with family. It also saves money on vacation activities and can teach your kids about the outdoors.
Camping can be a fun, inexpensive alternative to staying in hotels or renting houses for family vacations. You don’t have to go far; you can camp right at home if there’s enough space around your house where you live (or if it’s legal).
Let them design their own scavenger hunt.
Let your kids be creative and design a scavenger hunt of their own. This is a great way to encourage them to have fun and learn something new at the same time.
- Start with an interesting theme that will make the game interesting, but not impossible.
- Give them a time limit for completion and let them do it on their own! Don’t hover over them or give too much advice, otherwise, you may take away from the experience of learning how to solve problems on your own.
- Make sure they know exactly what they are looking for with each item in the list so that not everything becomes a distraction from finding what is most important (like in real life).
Get creative with indoor games.
- Choose games that are age-appropriate.
- Choose games that are easy to set up and play.
- Choose games that encourage creativity, learning, physical activity, and social interaction.
Introduce new hobbies – cooking, sewing, painting
Here are some ideas for new hobbies that will keep your kids busy, but won’t cost you a lot of money or require a lot of time:
Read together, watch movies together, and more!
Reading together is a great activity for kids, and it doesn’t have to be limited to books. You can read the newspaper or watch the news with your kids, or even play games that require reading skills.
Playing board games together is another fun way for families to spend time together. Even if you aren’t very good at it yourself, this activity will give you an opportunity to learn how well your children play and how they think about strategy.
Watching movies or sports together as a family can be entertaining, but also educational as well! If there are any lessons in the movie or sport being watched (for example teamwork), then this will provide an opportunity for discussion on what those lessons might mean outside of the context of their entertainment value alone…
Summer vacations can be fun and productive.
Summer is a great time for kids to learn new skills and explore their interests. Who knows? Maybe your children will develop a love for the arts, or have an interest in science and nature. Perhaps they’ll discover their passion for technology, or figure out that they’re not so good at math after all. In any case, summer vacation can be a chance to bond with your kids while they make new discoveries about themselves—and if you’re lucky (or unlucky), maybe even you’ll learn something along the way!
There you have it, 7 ways to keep your kids busy over summer vacation. Now that you know what to do and how don’t forget that the most important part of all this is having a great time together as a family. You want these memories to last forever so don’t stress out too much!