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COVID-19: Summer Ideas To Keep Kids Active & Engaged

COVID-19: Summer Ideas To Keep Kids Active & Engaged

This summer likely looks much different than what families had originally planned, with social distancing and the cancellation of many summer camps and programs. Parents are probably feeling a mixture of emotions as we move through it. Relief that school is out, but pressure to keep their children active and engaged after months of distance learning that may have been challenging.

While it’s important for kids to continue exercising their brains, it doesn’t mean that they need to sit at the kitchen table all summer doing math problems! There are ways to incorporate learning and exercise into simple activities. Here’s how:

Summer Ideas to Keep Kids Active & Engaged

OUTDOOR IDEAS:

  • Go Geocaching。This is referred to as the “world’s largest treasure hunt.” It involves looking for hidden caches in a specific geographical area using an app on a phone. Some caches even contain hidden trinkets to keep!Here’s an example of oneto get started.
  • Create a backyard camping experience。Make s’mores, campfire meals, and even sleep in a tent if that’s up your family’s alley.
  • Pack a picnic and head to the park。Eat lunch at your local park and then enjoy a hike as a family. This is a great way to get out of the house while also maintaining social distance.
  • Get gardening。让您的孩子在花园里帮助。教他们照顾鲜花,植物,水果和蔬菜。
  • Create a kidfriendly backyard obstacle course.It doesn’t have to be fancy or ninja warrior-worthy! Simple things you have around the house will work. Or, have your kids create their own the “ground is lava” course.
  • Make nature impressions。Have your kids collect various items from nature, such as sticks, leaves, and rocks. Then ask them to create impressions of them on playdoh. They can observe different textures and patterns of the imprints. You could even find a simple recipe to make homemade playdoh.

INDOOR IDEAS:

  • Create a boredom jar.让您的孩子想到他们喜欢在家做的事情,然后将它们写在冰棍或纸上。把它们放在罐子里。然后,当他们说他们很无聊时,请提示他们从无聊罐中随机选择一些东西。
  • Check in with the library.See if your local brand is doing a summer reading challenge.
  • Make simple recipes.通过制作简单的食谱来帮助孩子在厨房学习。英式松饼披萨是一个很好的选择!也许他们甚至可以挑选一些蔬菜从您的花园里放在披萨上。或加倍食谱,以帮助他们提高自己的数学技能。
  • 享受虚拟博物馆之旅。Many museums around the world are currently offering free, virtual tours. Here are a few to check out:Boston Children’s Museum;The Ronald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, which also offersactivities to try at home;The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; The Monterey Bay Aquarium offerslive web cam videosof some of their underwater creatures! The penguins are particularly adorable.
  • Get crafty.Provide materials for simple arts and crafts so that they can create independently while parents are working. Here are some ideas:
    • Brown paper bag puppets: Provide children with brown paper lunch bags, some markers, crayons, or paint, and some embellishment items like buttons, googly eyes, stickers, etc. They can create their own puppets and even put on a puppet show with their finished masterpieces!
    • 管道清洁剂的创建: Pipe cleaners are a versatile craft item. Here’s一个很棒的网站with craft ideas using pipe cleaners:
    • Popsicle stick crafts: Popsicle sticks are another craft material that can be used in many different ways. Check out这些有趣的想法!
    • Recycled household items: They can be very handy when crafting. Hereare some cute and easy craftsusing recycled materials:

The above summer ideas can help kids keep their brains active and hopefully help avoid some of the inevitable boredom. Because this year has been a tough one, I also recommend checking in with your kids on a regular basis to help them process their emotions. Ask them things like, “What’s hard for you right now?” Or, “Tell me some words that describe how your summer break is going.” Questions like these can help identify how they’re feeling and start some good conversations to work through it.

Similarly, I suggest parents try to extend themselves some grace! We’re living through a situation that we’ve never encountered before and trying to balance additional responsibilities, like teaching and being a summer camp counselor.

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