Travel : Being part of an organised tour/overnight camp
Art & Craft : Making a scrapbook as a present for a grandparent/ relative/friend
Family Time : Watching old home videos together
Social Responsibility : –
- Putting together a play or dance with friends, to be staged at a nearby old age home
- Teaching the household help basic literacy skills or helping her children with academics
Technology : Learning to make presentations
Activities for the summer break 14-18 years
- Running a complex errand – like depositing a cheque at an ATM
- Taking up a summer job/internship
- Learning to drive (16+)
Academic Skills (with a twist) : Fixing a chronic household problem. E.g. a room that is very cold in winter
- Going on a self-organised group tour with friends and one adult to supervise
- Going on a mother-son hike, father-daughter cycling trip
Art & Craft : Painting the balcony wall (or a panel in one of the rooms)
Family Time :
- Trying karaoke together
- Pursuing outdoor sports
Social Responsibility : -Volunteering with a not-for-profit organisation
Technology : Building a website
How to choose activities
‘Ok, now I have an idea of age appropriate activities that your child can try. So, what is next? How do I pick what is relevant for my child?’ The guidelines that follow may be of some help:
Let your child take up at least one pursuit or project to be completed during the two-month break. In this digital age where attention spans are low, sustaining interest in a task or a project over a long period of time, can help inculcate persistence, patience and the much needed long term orientation in our child. She will also learn to plan and set intermediary goals.
Let your child pick an area of weakness to work on – let her decide what to focus on, based on where she thinks she will get the maximum benefit. The challenge may be related to academics, like poor spelling, or, a behavioural issue like being short tempered. Think of a game plan together and set measurable goals. The sense of achievement that your child will derive on making significant progress in her chosen area will help her start the new school year on a high.
Work on a project together. Pull out your list of long-pending projects and see if there are any that can be tackled this summer. It could be setting up a garden in your balcony or, making a beginning in
a new sport. Co-opt your child and see if you can make this an interesting summer project. Nothing like achieving two goals with one activity!
Keep your child’s interests a priority. Remember that this an exercise in choosing a summer project for your child! Be flexible and, also consider ideas that may not excite or interest you. On a related note, do not try to force your child to pursue something that you believe is the ‘right’ or the ‘done’ thing. E.g. if
your 10-year-old daughter wants to try a Bollywood dancing class, encourage her rather than persuading her to pursue singing, which may be your passion!