For kids all over the country, school is out and summer has begun!
And since they are only a day or two in, nobody’s brain has turned to mush yet. But it’s only a matter of time until all the nights of staying up late, sleeping in, and watching countless hours of cartoons in between, starts to take its toll.
Your bright-eyed, bushy-tailed children slowly turn into sun-baked, zombified versions of themselves; not fully gone, but certainly lacking a little of the sharpness their studies had instilled in them.
To prevent summer zombification, here are a few things you can do with your kids:
- Plant a garden. It’s bound to spark discussion and raise curiosity. Gardening also requires some problem-solving and a little bit of exercise. They may even have to do math, if you are sneaky enough.
- Make meals together. Everyone should learn how to cook, even if it’s just pizza. Once again, you might even trick them into doing math. They will also learn some other real world skills like what a “pinch” is or why knowing the difference between a tablespoon and a teaspoon is important.
- Go on walks. Sometimes kids just need a jump-start to get their minds going. Some moderate exercise, a little fresh air, a change in scenery. Suddenly, your kids are thinking thoughts. Hit up a nature park, if you can.
- Let them out/have friends over. Social interaction is an important part of development. It’s not good to freeze it for a few months every year.
- Books, especially with older kids. Get them started by reading a few at the same time, so you can discuss. There are books out there you will both enjoy. You might be surprised.
- Talk about things other than what is for dinner. Kids are curious cats. There is always something they want to talk about.
Most importantly, have a great summer!