With the summer holidays fast approaching, and the current COVID restrictions still in place, many parents are wondering what they can do to keep their children busy and happy once school lets out.
It is important to remember that summer holiday exist for very good reason- children need a break from school every year. They need time to relax, play, and mentally prepare for the next academic school year. Therefore, I would not advice that you enroll your child in lots of online academic programs.
On the same note, I would encourage parents to establish clear ‘screen time’ rules and expectations right from the beginning of the holiday. Screen time will continue to play an important role in your child’s life, as this may be the only way that they can socialize and stay in touch with their friends- and that’s understandable. However, we want to make sure that children don’t spent too much time on their devices either. A good rule of thumbs during the pandemic is to allow for +/-2 hours of screen time every day. Of course, this amount may change depending on your child’s needs, and your home situation. If you would like tailored advice for your child, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
But how to fill all those non-screen hours in a day?
Here I’ve put together a list of websites which provide lots of suggestions:
- 101 Summer Activities
- Every day Summer Activities
- 101 Indoor Summer Activities
- 50 Indoor Activities for a rainy day
- Indoor Activities for kids
- Summer Activities for Toddlers
You could go through these lists with your child/ren and decide which activities they are most interested in, and which are most realistic for you coordinate. You can then plan ahead, and make a weekly schedule at the beginning of every week. You can also write your child’s favorite choices on slips of paper and put them in a ‘fun jar’, allowing your child to pick one or two slips out of the jar every day.
Make sure you share your experiences with other parents and children. You can make recommendations, share resources, and rate activities on a scale from 0-10. You might even be able to coordinate some activities with your child’s friends by having them work together to complete a task with Zoom on.
I hope that these resources help you to find a few fun activities for you child/ren to do over the summer holidays!
Enjoy this time!