Summer is here and the mercury is rising higher than it ever has… summer vacations are on, children are at home, and holiday trips are being planned. Your children may be attending a host of classes, but alongside that, they now also have a lot of time on their hands. This is the perfect time to get together as a family and do some fun things. Here are some ideas.
Discover your city: How many times has it happened that you have had a guest from out-of-town, who seems to know more about things to do and see in your city than you do? Often we tend to ignore our own cities, in the quest of seeing the world. Let the children make a list of attractions in your city that you have not visited (and there are plenty) and make it a point to knock off as many as you can from the list. It’s a fun activity and can be done with the family, as part of a playdate or just as a date between one parent and the child.
Create a Garden: Whether you live in a home or an apartment you will appreciate the fact that we do not have enough of greenery around. How about starting your own garden. This can adorn your windowsill, or can be planters that hang off the railings. Start small and work your way up. Alternately, you could think of a kitchen garden and help children grow their own vegetables. You will see how meal times become more fun.
Learn to Cook: It is time that we as parents stop looking at cooking as a chore and more as a life skill that our children need to learn. A good way to spend summer vacations is to spend some time in the kitchen with your little ones. Work on age appropriate dishes and tasks. For the little ones there is always fireless cooking. As they grow older, simple dishes beginning with making their own snacks, putting together sandwiches, making their own milkshakes, helping you put together a cake for baking, all of this go a long way in teaching them a life skill that they will thank you for later.
Cloud watching and Star Gazing: As the evening sets in, head to your terrace, throw down a blanket and lie down there with the kids. Have them look at the clouds and come up with the first thing that comes to mind when they see a cloud. You will be amazed at the range of things a creative mind will come up with—from unicorns to flying saucers to complete cartoon scripts, cloud gazing is a very fun activity. As the evening progresses into night get into star gazing and look at all the beautiful stars that are still visible in the sky and try to identify them.
These are just some of the things you can do as a family to make this summer vacation a memorable time.