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Prepare for an out-of-the-ordinary summer break


p5Summer holidays – does this phrase conjure up memories of relaxed months that you spent playing with friends in the neighbourhood, of going to grand parents’ and relatives’ homes, with lots of time for free play and exploring? Your mother probably spent time catching up with the rest of the family and cooking for the large brood and your father most likely stayed back at your home town (or city) and carried on his work routine.

Fast forward to the present — when we look around us, we find that summer breaks are no longer the leisurely, lazy months where children are left to their own devices. Your thoughts, like those of many
fellow parents, are most likely veering around questions like “How am I going to keep my child engaged, entertained and stimulated for two whole months? How can I give her a sense of achievement and
contentment at the end, while having a fun and relaxed time?”

ParentEdge has put thisfeature together just for parents like you who want to ensure your children have a fun-filled, learning experience this summer. Read on.

A different way to plan the summer break

Spread over two or more months, the summer break is the best time for your child to explore, experiment, and take risks, and engage in activities that complement or supplement what she does
during the school term. Summer breaks are a great time for children to dive deep into subjects of interest, immerse themselves in their passions, look around and understand their world better, hone
their skills, and more.

While researching this feature we spoke to many parents and children. We found that there is a clear dearth of ideas on how to keep children engaged during this long break. And so, we drew up for you
an age-wise ready reckoner of sorts, with categories of illustrative ideas. We hope that you will find this useful to attempt a multi-pronged approach that will enhance your child’s emotional, physical, and
mental well-being.

Activities for the summer break Up to 8 years

Life Skills:

  • Sleeping by herself in a different room
  • Packing her backpack – filling water bottles, checking stationery (e.g. checking to see if pencils are  sharpened etc.)
  •  Running an errand inside the residential complex/within the neighbourhood
  •  Learning to swim from a parent

Academic Skills (with a twist) : Writing and illustrating a book (made of one A4-size sheet)

Travel : Staying with grandparents in a different city/town

Art & Craft : Drawing up the family tree (with grand parents’ assistance)

Family Time : Teaching a grandparent some computer skills

Social Responsibility : Sorting cupboards and setting aside toys/clothes/games to give away to
charities

Technology : Learning to use email

Activities for the summer break 9-13 years

Life Skills:

  • Attending her first sleepover – may be at a relative’s or neighbour’s home
  • Taking some form of public transport alone

Academic Skills (with a twist) : Drawing up a weekly budget for the household

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