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How to keep your child engaged in a productive way during summer vacation?

Date: 17 Apr 2016   Posted By: Kalyani     Group: Family & Life    Category: Parenting   

Summer vacation has started in many parts of India and I think parents must be thinking of ways and means to keep their children engaged during the summer vacation period.

Can you provide some home based productive activities, other than sending them to summer camps / summer classes etc, on how to keep your child busy at home and what work you can assign them, so that they will have fun, enjoy and at the same time is productive? My daughter is 6 years old. Can you suggest ways that suits best to her age?
Experts: do respond.

Your valued suggestions would be helpful to parents like me.

Thanks in advance.

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Author: Mahesh    20 Apr 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Every summer there are some companies and colleges that run the kids camp. Also some of the places have some kids activities being setup. So you have to see if any of such is closer to you.

You can also start with activity such as hobby classes. These include classes such as "guitar, musical instruments etc". And if that is not the interest of child then dancing or sketching can be an option.

Another option is to send kids on some trip. Most of the trips for such are for giving them time away from the parents. They can learn stuff along the way. I think you can consider after 10 years.

My personal suggestion is to start with dancing and other hobby classes. The time flies quickly if you are into the hobby. Summer vacation can be a good time to improve on skills, hobby and other human interaction.

Author: Kailash Kumar    20 Apr 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

As far learning at home is concerned, it largely depends on the fact that whether both the parents are working or not. In case mother is available at home and she is an educated mother, then many possibilities arise. The next academic years books can be bought and at least for 1 or 2 hours daily, the lessons of the books can be taught and explained. In case the student is weak in any particular subject e.g. maths , then the same can be taught by explaining the basic concepts.
The child can be escorted to local historical places, museums, zoo and gardens etc. to expose him/ her to the natural/scientific facts.
Sports activities which are possible within the confines of the house depending upon whether it is an apartment or an independent house with lawn/garden/open space etc. can be practiced under supervision of the parents.

Author: Purna Prasad Sharma    20 Apr 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

As you have been asking for home based productive ways for your child and for that both of you parents should give time to your child as much as possible. Only providing techniques to your child won't give result better, you do practice the same thing that you intend to teach your child.

Following are the some activities that you can follow
1) Teach books other than academic because usually she learn academic books and also this add advantage in her habit.
2) Play knowledge acquiring game like quiz, chess etc that helps your child mind sharp.
3) Make aware her about all great men(like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Bhagat Singh, Sir Isaac Newton etc) by telling their story to her.
4) Let her to listen and sing Hindi and English music, provide her with lyrics and asked her to sing the same,this can add one art to her.
Beside that provide or do her practice any other curricular activities that you find good.

Author: [Anonymous]    21 Apr 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 6  (Rs 6)    Voting Score: 0

Here are my suggestions. I think it may works for you.

Let her learn anything as per her interest. Know what is her activity all the time. In which aspects, she was good at. I mean playing, music lover(either singing or dancing), crafts, traditional lover, technology (teaching computer basics), video games, indoor/outdoor games, swimming, drawing/sketching, fill her mind with spiritual thoughts (to fill her mind with great thoughts), play a skit with her, planting, cooking/cutting vegetables/helping to you in your busy schedule etc. are the best activities to her.

Let us see each of them at how these activities effects on her.
You may be involve her in many activities. Even she is doing the same you may observe in which activity she is really interests. Suppose, if she really likes traditional dances like kuchipudi, bharatanatyam etc. then in any activity she is in but she involves in the movement itself. If she likes to sing then without knowing her the activity she will present at her best.
  • Let her involve in some activity like fill the bottles with water and keep it in refrigirator, Ingredients to make amlet, how to cut vegetables etc. these things will make her to help you when you were in busy (This will teach her helping attitude).
  • Tell her about trees, (how seed will become a tree and gives fruits, fresh air, giving attitude etc.) Even if we threw a stone for fruit it will give sweet fruit to us. Like if anyone makes her worry/misery then it will teach how to have a friendly nature in terrible times.
  • Fill her mind with spiritual thoughts. Eg: Quotes of swami vivekananda. Through this she can learn how to be positive. Even if she wants to do evil in future, it will not let her to do because her mind fill with good thoughts. Through my experience I can strongly say that it works well.
  • Singing/Dancing: Studies, anyone can study at any time but music will not like that. Even if you teach her music then it may/maynot effects you because it will come naturally through nature.
  • Crafts making her to learn new things. Though this art, she will know how we can make use of things better. (Scientific approach I feel ).
  • Drawing/sketching: Observation the things better and remembering in mind and draw it on paper is a nice art.
  • Swimming/Games/Yoga: Physical fitness from now onwards.
  • Video games: logical thinking
  • Puzzles/sudoku - analytical skills
I think most of these will help in her future.

Author: Archana Kapoor    21 Apr 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Your child is at developing age. Purchase some good puzzle games for her so that she can learn and at the same time enjoy. Spend some time with her. Many drawing and craft videos are available on youtube, you can take help of those videos.

For example I am posting some links for your reference:

Author: Madan Lal Mahato    22 Apr 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

As children's get lot of leisure time in summer, so it is the best time to develop some extra skill, without having any tension of the academics.

Children's should opt for new-new things like for 11-14 years child can go for a project related to it's studies ,so they can understand the topic better.They can also go extra curricular activities,like singing,dancing,etc.They can also go for drawing, painting ,clay modeling .

Younger children's can go reading new comic books ,reading stories,can have their own scrap books etc.

Parents should encourage their children's to go for new & interesting things or like gardening,botany or they can leave their children on their will, but parents should regularly observe them.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha    22 Apr 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Summer vacation is an ideal time to take special care of your child since the child is free from normal anxiety to attend to school. However, the responsibility of the parents is not over and sensible parents would like to strengthen the inbuilt hobbies of the children.
First of all, the parents have to identify the inclination of the children and then the children are to be encouraged to go ahead with the hobbies which their children would like to do. Depending upon the weak areas of their children such as shyness which does not allow the children to speak confidently before their teachers can be tackled with proper effort in this direction. The parents can wipe out the nervousness of their children with proper counselling. Similarly any deficiency or weakness in any particular subject - English or Mathematics can be handled effectively by giving them suitable inputs.
Similarly for the girls students, parents should look out for proficient Dance and Music teachers who would take pain to sharpen the skills of such children. A regular practice of Dance and Music would boost the confidence of the girls children. If the girl children are beyond rhe age of fifteen, they should be trained for Ravindra - sangeet- the melodius songs created by Sri Ravindra Nath Tagore.
Engagement of time with such constructive activities would help the children to learn new skills and with the progress of time, they would attain more proficiency in their related hobbies.

Author: Ramachandran Pattabiraman    24 Apr 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Besides engaging them in some summer schools etc., my view is:
1. Taking them to the Visvesvarayya Industrial and Technological Museum of Bangalore where your child could learn many things related to their science subject and this is very practical way for them about their studied and going to study subjects. (refer

2. Take them to Bannerghatta Biological Park, near Bangalore where they can see the variety of animals in the real nature besides they studied in books and lessons. (refer

3.Third but most important one is taking them to relative houses at least for a day in each house where from they can learn about the relationships and need of relations and even they can know such relations are there for them. (refer the mind of each parents)

Author: jenny    27 Apr 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 8  (Rs 8)    Voting Score: 0

Dear kalyani,
1. You can enrol your child to hobby/summer classes, which includes painting, craft/art work, swimming, reading, writing, dance, singing, yoga, aerobics, drama etc.
2. Also see that what your child's interests are, then choose the right option, whether its singing, drawing/ acting.
3. Children love colouring, buy her some colouring books. Set time for her to doing the things herself. Sketch some doodles yourself and tell her to colour. Give her some ideas/theme based topic to draw pictures.
4. Get her involved in your cooking. Make her to help you in the kitchen and engage her in talks about importance, knowledge gaining on fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses. Let her learn to identify the cooking ingredients.
5. Depending on your time schedule you can plan for your child's activities like reading stories to the child or teaching her how to make paper crafts, or doing something useful from waste. This activity would be useful for your child as many schools conduct competitions on -make useful things from waste.
6. If you are inclined towards music you can teach her bajans and songs. Play good patriotic songs with lyrics and make to learn them. By this way you would also be training her for singing competitions.
7.The child can be taken for walks in the parks or to a temple in the evenings. Tell her importance of these places.
8. Teach her how to grow plants. Bring some saplings and plant them. Tell her to water the plants and to watch for new growths in the plant.
9. You can also take her for aquarium shop to see different types of fishes, plants and the equipments that are needed for aquarium.
10. Girls like to dress up dolls. You can suggest her to use clay/bead to make ornaments for the doll. Give her small tasks at home to clear up things or to help you in doing daily chores and remember to appreciate her.
11. You can get building blocks for constructing structures, let her do it herself looking at the pictures /instructions given, you may help her if she is unable to it. This would help her to focus on things.
12. Get her simple value based moral story books that she can read herself, and then tell her to narrate the story to you. You can teach her how to make book mark for books. Children like to make them.
`13. If her writing is good, no problem if not, engage her daily in writing cursive writing to improve her handwriting. give topics like home, rain, my parents, my friend, forest etc and tell her to write few sentences on the topic.
14. If you have planned for a trip/tour to some places then the child would be eager to visit the places. You can let her watch videos of those places, so that she would become familiar with the names and importance of those places.
15. Finally allow the child to be free for sometime too, let her play with her friends, let her watch TV for sometime etc.

Author: Juana    07 May 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 10  (Rs 10)    Voting Score: 0

A 6-year-old is a bundle of bubbling energy. At 6 children are also inquisitive about their surroundings, enthusiastic about learning and trying new things. Their minds are developing at a rapid speed. This is the age when you can channelize their energies into constructive things and help stimulate their physical and mental growth. The summer break gives you ample time and opportunities to work, teach and play with your child.
Before delving into activities for your child, I want you to ensure that you have time to spend with her. Keep meals simple so you can spend extra hours with your child rather than in the kitchen. Complete all your chores before your little one is up. Plan your day, so you can devote special time to your child.
1. Nature walks – mornings and evenings are ideal for taking your child on a nature trail around your locality or to a nearby park. Pick leaves and flowers and watch insects going about their business. If you have a smartphone or a shoot and click camera you can snap pictures of these creatures or show your child how to do it.
2. Surf the net – remember those flowers and leaves you picked and the images you clicked! Now is the time to identify them. Use the Google Image tool to match the images. Soon your child will learn to do it on her own. This is a fun way for her to learn names of plants and insects.
3. Scarp book – create a scrap-book of the flowers, leaves and insect images. Show your little one how to dry leaves and flowers and have her stick them in a book. She should also label each item.
4. Playact – children love to fool around. Spend lazy summer afternoons fooling around with her. For example: let her dress-up as her favourite fairy tale character. You don't have to buy her costumes. Learn to improvise. If she wants to dress like a fairy, gather a sari into small pleats and make it into a flowing skirt or use a sari petticoat. Together make a cardboard and gold paper crown. Make a magic wand too, while you are at it – or improvise as I mentioned above. Let a slotted spoon serve as a wand. Let her playact her favourite parts from the story. This activity instils confidence in children.
5. Number games – use bold numbers (1-9) from old calendars (or make your own number cards) and stick them on cardboard. Let her pick 2 cards – say she picks 3 and 5 – let her add these two numbers. Show her different ways to add. Fingers yes, but why not let her pick 3 and 5 items (beads from a jar) and total them. After a few days see if she can tell the sum without an aid. You can also use this game for teaching her multiplication.
6. Virtual tour – buy a big world map or a map of India and go on a virtual tour. You can pick any country or state in India. This will teach her to identify places on the map. To further, improve her knowledge in a fun way explore the internet. Keep it simple. Let's say you go on a virtual tour of the UK. Discover the capital of the place, currency, language spoken, famous landmarks, neighbouring countries/cities etc. Proceed depending on how fast she picks up.
7. Junior chef – she's only six, but she'll qualify as a master chef if you let her. Let her apply butter on bread slices and arrange sliced veggies, to make that perfect sandwich. Let her do age appropriate things around the kitchen and appreciate her efforts.
8. Arts & crafts – you'll find lots of craft ideas on the internet done from household items. Be around to supervise, but let her do most of it herself.
9. Value education – this is extremely important, because life lessons taught young, stay with us for the rest for our lives. Tell her stories on sharing, loving, valour, patience, hard-work etc. Show her by example – keep a bowl of water for birds and dogs. Let her replenish the water every morning. Make tidying the house a game. For instance, if you want her to put away her toys – let her decide on where she wants to keep them. In a basket, in a cupboard or on a shelf etc. Make a game of it by telling her you'll see how fast she picks up her toys or how neatly she arranges them. Click pictures/video of her on the job, and show them to her. Praise the end result. These little things lead to bigger things as children grow.
10. Play house – every little girl likes playing house. Give her a few biscuits and juice with which she can 'cook up an imaginary meal' with. Enjoy the 'meal' that she 'prepares' and serves you.
11. Go camping - Throw a couple of bedsheets over the dining table and create a tent. Eat, sleep, and chat under the 'tent'. Children love doing this (I did as a kid, as did my daughter.).
12. Educative games – invest in educative games that enhance skills in growing children. The market is flooded with games that improve memory, analytical skills, eye-hand coordination, imagination etc. Some activities will keep her engaged for hours.

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