Summer is finally here, which means the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and your kids are at home for a very long time. Keeping your children busy for the entire summer break can seem like an impossible task, but it’s one that needs to be done. It would be so easy to hand them the TV remote and let them fester on the couch for weeks on end, but this isn’t healthy or productive. You need to get them up and ensure that their minds and bodies stay active. With that in mind, here are five productive things you can do with your kids this summer.
Visit The Library
Local libraries tend to be free, so take your kids down on the first day of break and have them pick out a few books they like the look of. To keep them productive and motivated to read the entire break, you could set them goals or suggest they join a summer reading program. Many libraries also stock a large range of films, so you might also want to pick out a few DVDs so that you can have a movie night at home.
Do Some Gardening
Gardening is an active, interesting, educational, and fun way to spend your time, and is also an incredibly important life skill. Because of this, you may want to get outside with your kids and start pruning and planting. Depending on the age of your children, you could get them their own little gardening set, and teach them how to plant flowers and vegetables. Once you’ve got everywhere looking great, you could make it their job to water the plants each day.
Attend Swimming Lessons
If one or more of your kids don’t know how to swim, you could make it a goal that they learn by the end of the summer. Take them to swimming lessons at a local pool, where they can learn at their own pace, in a safe and fun environment. Once they’re confident enough, you could celebrate by taking the entire family to a water park or even to the beach. Make sure that you take your children swimming regularly to maintain this level of confidence.
Build A Treehouse
A treehouse is a perfect place for your kids to play with friends, relax after school, do their homework, and so much more. Because of this, you might want to consider building one as a family. You and your partner could keep an eye on things and work the saw, your older children can help with measuring and hammering, and the younger kids can get to work painting and decorating. By the end of the break, you’ll have a lot of great memories, and a cool hangout spot.
Try Cooking Together
Everyone needs to learn to cook at some point, so why not start early and try out a few recipes with your kids. You can start simple with a few different types of cupcakes and slowly work your way up to entire meals. Just make sure that you cook from scratch, rather than using packets of mix. You could even use this project to teach your kids about budgeting, but giving them a certain amount of money and asking that they buy ingredient and cook a meal with it.
Keeping your kids productive throughout the summer isn’t easy, so try out a few of the activities above and go and have some fun.