Holiday activities for children

Are you wondering about what kind of activities to plan for kids? Looking for helping children to build on hobby activities? Check this article to get a few ideas.

As soon as school closes for the summer vacation, my niece will ask “Main kya karoon?" (what should I do?). With the holidays stretching over a month, mothers have a tough time thinking of ways to keep their children occupied. I say mothers, because it is generally the mother who is asked the question!

A very common tendency for parents is to enroll the child in a class basically to keep the child busy. However, some parents tend to over-do this, pushing the child into innumerable classes throughout the day. It will only tire the child and it is not really good to push your child into a class that is of no interest to him / her. Also, most hobby classes tend to be overcrowded and some are not even properly supervised. It is far better to find activities within the home for your child – and by activities I don't mean watching TV! You must restrict TV watching.

Here are some suggestions for holiday activities for kids:
* Encourage them to make a scrap book – it could be of leaves, flowers, seeds, photos of their friends and activities, etc
* If you have space, encourage your child to do simple gardening - plant a seed and watch it grow, tend to a flowering plant, etc
* Buy a simple book of origami – you can show them how fascinating paper folding can be
* Buy a pack of UNO cards – this is a good card game for children
* Buy a board game – the game of Monopoly is one of the best board games as it involves money. It will begin an interest in how to buy and sell, save money, and help them pick up addition and subtraction fast. Just two players are sufficient for this game. Word-building games such as Scrabble are also excellent past times as it helps to build the child's vocabulary. Even if there is nobody to play with, you can encourage your child to play alone, building words from sets of seven letters and trying to use up all the alphabets. Tell him/her to sit with a dictionary to look up words. Scrabble comes in the form of a board game as also in the form of mini-cards.
* If your child likes drawing, colouring, working with crayons or painting, buy a notebook that has large white blank pages and the required set of colours that will keep him busy for hours. You can even give old handkerchiefs and let your child paint designs on them.
* If there is a local library, make your child a member and encourage him/her to read. Let your child choose the books but make sure they are appropriate. I find that many parents let young kids read Archies comics which is hardly good reading material!
* Take your child with you when you go to the local store, the vegetable market, or even for a walk. If your boss allows, for one day take your child to work – it will be a thrilling experience!
* Allow your child to help around the house – arranging books, folding clothes, squeezing lemons, etc. Of course, if your child is helping in the kitchen, make sure there is adult supervision .
* Create word games – you can tell your child to find big words in a story book and try and make as many small words from that one big word.
* If possible, take your child out cycling . I remember the fun I had during my childhood when my dad took us all out early morning to the nearby bicycle shop where we could hire bicycles by the hour. Unfortunately, this facility is a rare sight today. So if you can afford a bicycle, go with your child to a nearby open space or the building compound. Naturally, don't leave your child alone if he / she is very young.
* On the weekend, hire a good children's film, such as Sound of Music, Happy Feet, etc and watch it together.

Even if both parents have busy work schedules, make it a point to spend at least an hour every evening with your children. Even if you are tired after a hectic day, a few minutes with your kids will pep you up – not to mention bring a smile to your kids' faces!

Article by Vandana
Vandana is based in India with over 15 years experience as a freelance writer. Writing, no doubt, is her primary passion! Having learned the art of blogging from ISC, Vandana is enjoying the thrills of blogging, taking pleasure in sharing information & getting good pageviews at her various blogs.

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