It’s vacation time and parents are racking their brains to keep their kids occupied during these holidays. Kids want to have lots of fun while parents want them to enjoy too, but with some learning included.
Here are some ideas to give a judicious mix of both fun and learning as amazing vacation ideas for your kids. These are both fun and will enrich the mind/body.
1. Go Trekking
Get set to go a nature trail. Choose a safe location to go trekking this summer. Check out for some trek clubs near you and join one of their adventurous expeditions. Trekking is not only good exercise but it also builds team spirit and cooperation. It also instils the spirit of adventure and exploration along with a love of nature.
2. Pick up a New Hobby or Skill
Learn something new this summer that is both fun and fruitful. Opt for origami- the Japanese paper craft or our own Keralite mural painting or the famous Warli pot painting. If you care for the outdoors, learn horse-riding or boating. If you want something homebound, go for gardening or interior-decoration. Kids even pick up cooking, baking, pottery or sewing as hobbies. For those with a mechanical bent of mind, children can learn carpentry, vehicle servicing, basic electrification etc. with adequate adult supervision.
3. Learn a New Language
Why not try learning a foreign language- French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin etc? This is bound to be interesting and can come handy for your overseas education as well. Linguistic capability can open doors to a host of opportunities abroad.
4. Bond with Books
Those kids who did not have time to read storybooks during school days, can now really immerse themselves in books. Check out the latest best sellers and comics and have a go at them. Amar Chitra Katha and Panchatantra are fun and teach morals. You can also check out the ‘Feluda’ series by Satyajit Ray. Be sure to spend time reading books of authors like Roald Dahl, JK Rowling, Agatha Christie, and Enid Blyton. Fiction novels really help expand the child’s imagination and creativity. Raid the library for old classics and new hardbacks that you might have missed out on.
5. Sign Up for a Fitness Regimen
Go health-conscious this summer. Get into a fitness regimen eating the right diet, doing exercise, Yoga and meditation. Gear up your body for the upcoming year of academics with fitness training, aerobic exercises or yogic asanas. Swimming is a great way to cool off in the summer heat and exercise at the same time. Other good options are cycling and badminton and they can be easily done.
6. Opt for Organic Farming
Learn the nuances of home gardening with organic fertilizers. Train yourself on vermicomposting, manuring, weeding etc. Take a trip to a farm nearby and study their agriculture and way of life. See what practice can be adapted to do city-farming and try implementing them.
7. Go Tech-Savvy
Kids who are really into computers can enrol for a programming course or basic course on machine hardware. They can learn to use the computer for more than just games and entertainment. Robotics is also another area that is keeping kids really busy these days.
8. Join a Summer Camp
A summer camp could be the right place to give a mix of both learning and fun. Summer camps usually have sports like swimming, crafts like pottery-making and a bit of fun learning like arts and crafts. Lets Practise has organized such an innovative summer camp with a pack of productive activities that will keep them usefully engaged.
Points to remember while choosing vacation activities for kids
- Choose an activity that your kid has a genuine interest in. It is your child’s interest and not yours, and that is important. Choose something they want to do. Half-hearted involvement does not help.
- Ensure that the activity is suitable for your kid at his age. Small kids might not be able to undertake advanced software or digital courses or read complex novels.
- Make sure that the activity is safe for your child. For instance, swimming is not advised for kids with asthma.
- Let the activity centre be close to your home, always accessible, and in a hygienic environment.
- Do not choose rigorous activities that will stress your child out. Your kids need a break during the holidays. Let them enjoy their vacation.
Vacation time is a valuable time for both kids and parents. Make the most of it by bonding with children and indulging them in fun activities that will revive them for the coming academic year.
Check out the innovative summer program from Lets Practise and feel the difference!