02 Jul Summer Holiday Activities
The summer holiday period is a time for fun and relaxation but some children do get bored during this time.
Without even realising it, every day can be a new lesson learned without having to sit in the school classroom. Rather than staying in bed all day or playing on the PlayStation, it is important that routine doesn’t go completely out of the window. I am not saying that every day should be filled with fun-packed ideas as relaxation and ‘me time’ are necessary. For some children the summer holidays fly by but for others, they drag – this obviously depends on whether they are making the most of the time they have available to them.
Children love to have their own money so a good way of earning more is through finding a part-time job. By asking family or members of the local community it may be possible to find jobs such as lawn mowing, washing cars, dog walking, baby sitting or serving in a restaurant. You do, however, have to bear in mind that manual labour can be exhausting, especially if your child is not used to it. Some animals can be temperamental and working in a restaurant could be quite stressful as servers sometimes take a lot of abuse from fussy customers. The positives are that your child will get paid and will fill up some of their time but also develop their social and communication skills, independence and learn how to accept responsibility.
Volunteer work is another option which your child may consider doing. If your child has a love of animals they could volunteer to work at an animal shelter. There are usually sports/recreation/camping programmes run during the summer holidays so assisting/mentoring younger children is a great way of helping others whilst having fun at the same time. Putting up a tent, learning how to cook and connecting with nature are all worthwhile skills to have and encourage mindfulness. If your child enjoys walking/running/riding a bike, participating in a charity event is an opportunity to do something they enjoy and raise money for the charity which helps them to feel good too.
Programmes/workshops for teenagers are also often available so your child may like to go along with their friends and try new things out such as zorbing, trampolining, sailing, cooking, acting or photography.
As I said earlier, ‘me time’ is necessary. Your child may want to sit down and relax with a good book. Reading books can improve their child’s literacy skills and helps develop their imagination. Non-fiction books teach them about topics that they are interested in. These days, with so much technology, there are educational and fun apps that you can download on your phone too. Your child could learn how to code, learn a language, play a quiz or learn about themselves through mindfulness apps. For the more creative child, vision boards are a good idea. They can create a board about how they see their life in 5, 10, 20 etc years time.
Your child can gain many benefits from working and also by having fun:
- Any work can be added to their application form when applying for college/university or a job in the future
- Explore their interests
- Learn new skills
- Meet new people
- Be more mindful
- Improve their self esteem and self confidence
- Gain personal satisfaction from making a difference
- Communicate better
- Learn time management
- Improve organisational skills
- Develop leadership skills
- Gain a sense of independence whilst developing social and living skills
The beauty is that your child will probably not see all this as a way of learning!
How will your child be spending the summer holidays?
I just want to wrap up by saying best of luck to year 11 and a big thank you for all your lovely gifts.