The numerous breaks that occur throughout the year give our kids a much needed break from the daily grind of school but the flipside is that as much as we would like to allow television and video games to be our babysitter, it’s just not healthy for them, both in mind and spirit.
Here are six activities that should keep everyone entertained and happy, if only for a short time.
1. Bake Sweets
2. Head to the Library
Here is a great way to get out of the house, head to the library and check out books for the break. Then block off 20 -30 minutes each day for your child to read so they can keep up their reading skills.
3. Go for a Nature Walk
Head out to the park or just walk around your neighborhood and observe all that you see.
Ask your child questions about the flora and fauna or about ordinary items that you come across on your journey. You can ask questions about the weather, like how did the temperature measurement, Fahrenheit get its name? Check www.wikipedia.com or www.howstuffworks.com for answers you may not know.
4. Celebrate a U.S. State
Choose a state that has some personal significance (e.g. birthplace of a family member, your child or you.) Learn fun and interesting facts about that state (e.g. state flower, famous landmark, famous historical person.) Download photos that relate to the state.
Take all your fun facts, photos and create a state book that your child can keep as a memory of their break.
5. Minute Math
Minute Math is exactly what it sounds like. All you have to do is download math worksheets (www.softschools.com) or break out your own math workbooks. Set the timer to one minute and instruct your child to finish as many questions as possible in one minute. Your child will get a kick out trying to complete the task in a minute. The best part of this activity is that it’s truly over in a minute and you accomplish keeping your child’s math skills sharp.
6. Upside Down Day
Designate one day of the week and do the opposite all day; have dinner for breakfast, wear pajamas all day and day clothes to bed, watch a movie in the morning with popcorn and candy. You get the idea.
Do you have fun and interactive ideas to keep your child active and away from the television?