As great as kids can be, they can sometimes be a lot of hard work. Whether they are throwing a tantrum because you did not agree to buy them something they wanted at a store or they are upset that you are disciplining them for some unkind behaviour, every parent knows just how tough it can be. This is particularly true when it comes to the summer holidays. You may be thinking of sending your child off to a summer camp this year. It is a great idea. It is a good opportunity for your child to learn some independence while also making friends and exploring nature at the same time (as soon as they leave you start to miss them though). However, if your children are staying at home with you this summer, you will need to figure out how to entertain them. When they are complaining that they are bored all the time, you will suddenly start appreciating what a great job their teachers do. In any case, if you are going on vacation for a week or two there is still the issue of how you are going to entertain them for the rest of the time. Here are a few ideas:
Over the course of each summer, children are said to lose about a month of learning that they would otherwise have been doing at school. This can set your child back when they go back and they may have to try to catch up all year from that point on. To avoid this, you can do things that are both fun and informative. For instance, there are lots of free museums and art galleries all over the country. Also, if your child does not have a library card, you should get them one. They are, of course, free. Your child can pick out any book they want and learn about something (if does not really matter what it is as long as they’re reading). Besides, every child can find at least one book that they’re interested in.
Going out every day, even to free events, costs money because you have to get lunch and put fuel in the car. The only problem is that your children may tell you that they are bored at home. However, there are lots of things that you can do with them at little to no cost. You could even get your kids to help you fix up your house. There are lots of Popular Home Improvement Projects that you could do together. To make your children feel as if they are not just free labour, you could ask their opinions of how to decorate the house. If nothing else, it will guarantee that your home is completely unique and creative.
Another thing that you could do to keep them active is set up a mini Olympics for them where you organise events in the garden such as long jump and sprinting. The winner could get a medal until next summer when you host the games again. The possibilities are endless.