Summer Activities for Kids—
School is out!!! Summer is here and our attention has shifted from academics to play. Many parents are faced with the summertime challenge of how to keep their kids busy and how to ensure that their children stay out of trouble. Keeping children focused and occupied is the best solution to this problem, and summer activities are key.
Creating a shared journal with your child is a fabulous summertime activity. You can make this activity extra-special by focusing on the specific qualities, traits, and talents that set your child apart and on celebrating her uniqueness. You know… that stuff about your child that adds flair to your family.
A specific journaling idea is to list out at least three things you love about your kid. Keep in mind that you are celebrating the inside stuff that makes your child so unique. So for example, you’d want to tell her how talented she is at drawing or painting, or how impressed you are by her ability to meet new people.
Once you’ve listed out three items you admire about your child the next step is for her to list out three items that she admires about you. The giving and receiving aspect of this journal keeping idea is what makes it such a powerful self-esteem building activity for kids and parents alike.
The point of this journaling activity is to be a mirror for each other. Because if your child can find lots of really great stuff about another then she can certainly find lots of really great stuff about herself. This means that she has a strong sense of self-worth and, in turn, healthy self-esteem.
You might include grandparents, friends, and neighbors in this journal keeping activity. Oh, and get creative by using colored pencils, markers, crayons, stickers, spangles or other art supplies. Draw pictures, write a poem or write a single word across the page. There are endless ways to jazz up a journal and to turn it into a treasured keepsake.
More Summer Activities for Kids
- Recovering from Burn Out — Teach your child that after working hard and achieving goals (such as graduating to the next grade), it is wise to take some time to relax, rest and recuperate.
- New Experiences — Sampling a variety of new activities will expand your child’s horizons and bolster his self-esteem.
- Family Fun — Another great summer activity for children is to spend family time together based on common interests.
- Enjoyable Activities — Encourage your kid to participate in some activities just for the pure fun of it. Oh, and be certain that there are no goals or outcomes to achieve and that there is no competition
Summer is an excellent time for kids to relax, experience themselves in new ways and enjoy being a valued member of their family. My wish for you is that as a family you learn new things, grow together, share, laugh, and love, and, above all, make this the best summer ever.
Award-Winning Author of the Family Friendly Journal Buddies Books. Available from Amazon.com.