With everyone eager to take time off during the summer, this is the best time for young minds to explore the world around them. While children can learn from a stimulating classroom environment, there is something to be said for freely interacting with their surroundings and learning from their own experience. Therefore, it’s up to the adults they trust to expose them to as many new sites, sounds, and participation in exciting events. Here are just a few activities you can use to jump start their summer of adventure.
If the weather forecast looks promising, you could take the kids camping for a few days and show them that the outside world is just as exciting as a games console. Brush up on some simple survival skills and teach them how to survive in the wild, introduce them to the simple thrill of climbing trees, and in the evening you can show them how to make perfect s’mores over the campfire. Not only does this experience encourage the kids to work together to put up the tent and start a fire, but it will help them appreciate the things they take for granted at home; hot showers and indoor plumbing seems like a luxury after a weekend in the woods. Most importantly, however, spending time outdoors will teach children how to respect nature and the environment.
Nothing teaches kids the value of exercise like an active day. If your budget allows for it, check out venues like laser tag centres, a football day camp, or trampoline parks that cater for local family days out, and get the kids running around and playing. Alternatively, you could take them to the park and push them on the swings, or get involved in their game of tag. With slightly older kids, organise fun family days out on weekends, which could involve getting everyone on their bikes and riding down the coast before stopping for a healthy picnic, or getting out the water pistols and having an all-out war. If you have relatives coming to visit with their own children, you could set up a sports tournament in the back garden. The best part is that they’ll be so busy having fun, they might never catch on that it’s all to get them moving.
Even the best young students might need an educational day out to better understand some of the material they learn in class. History is an easy class to supplement, because everyone is walking around an important historical site; a Jack the Ripper tour in London can help children place themselves in the scene, and a visit to Churchill’s war rooms can help them understand the state the country was in, not even 100 years ago. It’s not just history that gets a practical experience either; the Science Museum in London hosts interactive sessions for children of all ages, letting them explore construction, water, light, sound, and develop the skills of observing, predicting, testing and drawing conclusions.