Life Hacks for Kids – Keeping your Children Entertained with Summer Programmes
Summer is upon us and with it comes every parent’s nightmare of having bored children. If you are one of these parents, remember that you are not alone.
The long, lazy days ahead are a challenge for most parents, especially if you do not get much help from your family. Besides sending your children to school camps and programmes, your children will be home most days.
What can you do to help them create a memorable summer? Here are some ideas for you to consider:
Arts and Crafts Classes
Art helps children to express themselves; sending your children to arts and crafts classes can be rewarding for both you and them. Besides solving the issue of boredom, your children also get to learn new skills that are not necessarily taught in school. Most art classes are tailored to suit different levels, so even if your children are below the schooling age you don’t need to worry – there is something for everyone!
Music makes the world go around. It is a universal language that everyone learns from birth. Music camps are fun, entertaining and most importantly, teach your children how to love music. They can be simple camps that focus on singing techniques or learning popular children’s songs. The camps designed for older children may focus on composing or playing a musical instrument.
Cooking or Baking Classes
One of the best ways to build confidence in children is to encourage them to make things. Cooking and baking can be a great way to start. Search for children’s cooking or baking classes in your local area, and you should be able to find one which suits your schedule and concerns. Some courses allow parents to get involved, which makes it a fun opportunity for you to bond with your children.
Drama gives children the chance to express themselves positively and to overcome the fear of public speaking. It also helps them to build confidence and self-esteem. Drama camps are performance-based camps that train children to put on a play in about one week. They focus on particular musicals, plays and stories that create a fun and friendly atmosphere for children to learn and enjoy the creative process. Your children will also make new friends throughout the week, which aims to create a foundation for fulfilling friendships in the future.
If you have slightly older children, you could also consider photography lessons if they have shown an interest in this hobby. Photography helps your children to focus. It trains them to be patient, and to be still when waiting for the best time to take a shot. It also encourages creativity, as they learn how to capture a scene in the most fantastic way possible.
Do bear in mind that this can become an expensive hobby for you to support, so make sure you are comfortable with this before exploring photography further.
The best way to cultivate love and kindness in children is to encourage them to volunteer. When they visit and socialise with the elderly, or the less fortunate, it opens their eyes to a world that is different from theirs. Such exposure helps to make your children more compassionate. It gives you a chance to initiate conversations about kindness, compassion and generosity. You may want to volunteer alongside them for a greater impact.
Choosing the type of activities to keep your children busy depends a lot on their needs and interests. It is, therefore, vital for you to choose activities that they are keen to engage in, to entice them to participate fully in the experience. Finally, we encourage you to make the activities fun, so that the kids get to enjoy themselves during summer break!