If I let them, my younger boys would whittle away the hours and have little to show for it. They’d dink around, goof off, waste time, and then get bored and pick on each other. My boys are fun and creative, but they still need some sort of structure during their summer days.
This week is our first official week of summer break. June and July will be quite full with church camps, family reunions, swimming, and time with cousins. The month of May is typically our time to play catch up and do some creative learning that we don’t always have time for during our August-April school year. So right now? We’re filling our boys’ days with fun productivity.
You might remember the list I posted a few weeks ago, sharing some fun ideas we plan to use to keep our boys busy:
- Play card and board games
- Create more music and videos
- Play games outside
- Learn more card tricks
- Learn more cooking/kitchen skills
- Get together with friends and cousins
- Help Dad with home improvement projects
- Read books (maybe offer a summer reading challenge?)
- Clean out bedroom, boxing up toys they no longer play with
- Work through a science experiment book
- Clean out the basement (who knows what treasures will be discovered!)
- Learn to make homemade ice cream
- Swim often and improve water skills (while getting Vitamin D – woot!)
In addition, here are some practical lessons we’re teaching the boys this month:
- Household chores they haven’t learned yet. Summer break is a great time to focus on teaching cleaning skills like mopping, washing windows, or anything we haven’t taken the time to show them how to do. The boys are, of course, thrilled to learn these skills. :)
- Outdoor games. The boys received a badminton set for Christmas and can now finally set it up and use it.
- Music lessons. A couple of my boys have shown interest in learning to play the guitar. I’m going to look into this more seriously this summer.
- Art. I just found this $40 Darice 80-Piece Deluxe Art Set for just $18.21, and I snatched it up. My boys really do enjoy learning to create art – I just need to take time to sit down with them and work on it.
Regarding the science experiment books in the list above, when I mentioned this idea to my boys, they got pretty excited. Now to just find a book that will teach them and be fun. I found the TIME For Kids Big Book of Science Experiments: A step-by-step guide and thought it looked great. Anyone else have good suggestions for this?
What other great ideas do you have for keeping kids learning and productive in the summer?
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