Is your child bored on a summer holiday?
It’s a time when they have full freedom to play, hang out with their friends … Should this freedom be directed at certain goals? Do you allow them all freedom or give them certain obligations during the day?
Children develop their imagination through a free game
The clock isn’t ticking, the parents are more relaxed than usual, the obligations are less and children are happier. During this period, daily content is very important. Every brain searches for “food”. That food bain can get through different games, which is very important in their growth.
Can you remember your summertime holiday? Did you get bored? Where did you play and what did you do? If you are over 30 years the chances are that you played outdoors in gardens, streets, alleys, woods, fields, orchards, waste ground, in-between spaces, and secret places. Think about what your child wants to do in his/her free time.
Children love to play, and play often mirrors what is important in their lives. When asked about play children talk about having fun, being with friends, choosing activities themselves, and being outdoors. Play can be quiet or noisy, messy or orderly, funny or serious, strenuous or effortless. It can take place inside or outside and develops as children grow and change. Children play for different reasons. Sometimes they are exploring or learning new things. At other times they are consolidating existing learning or practicing a skill. Play can also be a way of building or strengthening a relationship.
You can always visit the library, find an adventure book, a place under the tree, spend time with your child.
Painting inside might happen on easels or tables but outside can take place on many different surfaces with a range of different materials. Painting with large brushes and water enables children to cover large surfaces, to paint up high or down low. This encourages free shoulder movements and the confidence to make large bold movements that might not be possible indoors. Build a castle, a garage from waste/wood/blocks, materials that you have from the yard.
Play materials associated with indoors can be experienced on a much larger scale outdoors, offering a substantially different experience. For example, children might experience a small plastic water pump or water wheel in indoor water play. But outside they can experience a large scale pump or water wheel offering a richer range of experiences with more opportunities for collaboration and problem-solving.
Make a Fruit Party, Invite Kids, Have Fun, Organized Fruit Decoration Competition
Make Cakes Together, Invite His/Her Friends, Play Social Games…
Maybe during a break when your child is bored, it isn’t so bad for him or her. Bored develops imagination, curiosity, resourcefulness…
Make a plan, how to organize your own and children’s time and enjoy the summer!