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5 Activities For This Summer

Summers are a good time for kids to put away their devices and homework. Kids need to switch off from online games and explore non digital activities. After all human beings are a part of nature and it’s important to stay plugged into a system that we are part of. Being in touch with nature regulates well-being, keeps the senses sharp and gives kids a sense of cyclical continuity.

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Sprinkler Fun by Donnie Ray Jones

Many of the modern day lifestyle problems that kids have developed can easily be sorted out with a massive dose of Vit-N. Here are 5 summer activities for you to explore:

  1. Get the kids to explore the geography around where they live. Take the kids out to parks and open spaces close to home. Let them feel the soil and grass under their feet. Open up a map and talk about the contiguity of land. Spot rivers and other water bodies close by. Wade through the water and throw pebbles in. Talk of the source of drinking water. Get them to wonder where all our dirty water goes. Help them wonder about where our trash goes.
  2. Spot our fellow creatures in the world. If you live in an urban jungle watch out for birds which have found new nesting places. Help kids understand the importance of our little insect friends. Teach them to observe plants and insects. Spot the caterpillars, butterflies, wasps, bee hives or the many other signs of nature in our concrete hubs. In case you need to learn more to get your kids interested, many universities put out a lot of information about our fellow creatures on their departmental sites. There are a lot of dedicated scientists/commoners who love sharing their information on virtual and real world spaces.
  3. Get kids to photograph the same things through various parts of the day. When they see the same scene/thing photographed under various conditions of light, they understand the impact of the Sun, and how we fit into the astronomical world.
  4. Try Hapa Zome, a craft activity. Get the kids to collect leaves and flowers in various colors and shapes. Lay them out on a piece of clean white cotton cloth with no starch. Spread a piece of tissue on the plant matter and hammer gently on it. This will help release the pigments onto the cloth. Peel the plant matter off to see the prettiest of designs. Kids can hang their piece of art on the wall or on the refrigerator at home.
  5. Run a scavenger hunt in a park. This can be an intensely fun activity in a small neighborhood park. Make lists of things to be found. Distribute it among the groups. Help the kids find them. This will help them explore the park in ways you had never imagined. Give clues which will make them look for things from different perspectives. E.g. Spotting an owl home or a type of ant nest in the ground.

These are just sample activities. Parents and kids can get more inventive. Use the parks and public spaces. Frequently our memories define us. Summers are a great time to make some great memories. Spot your fellow beings on the planet. Help your kids understand how everything in nature is woven tightly together. Enjoy the summer!

 

4 activities we plan to try this summer

The other day Maya my wife, and I decided to spend some time gardening. We like growing vegetables. Gardening is something we have started since last year. We are not very good at it, as yet. Our harvests have been small and irregular as we compete with worms, but we love it anyways.

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Kid by Caleb Roenigk

Last Saturday, we had a companion in the garden – our older one. My mother had given us some seed packets, and he spent a very happy hour helping us ready trays for the seeds. It got us thinking and we came up with this list of 5 activities we plan to try this summer:

  1. Gardening: Great way for the kids to get their hands dirty, and in the process build memories. Kids take pride in things they have planted and grown. They watch what they have planted with great enthusiasm. It’s good to get kids familiar with soil and plants, for it gives them an idea about growing food. After all food is a very basic requirement for humans, and it’s always a plus to know something about the food we eat. Make sure kids have their hats on and if the kids are very young, make sure their hands are well washed after they are done.
  2. Make a Toy: This is something most of us don’t try as we imagine toy making to be difficult. It is far simpler to just go buy a toy. But, the fun of making a toy is something else. Kids have a great sense of accomplishment once they learn to make it. I remember when my grandfather helped me make my first thread spinner – I couldn’t stop making them! We will definitely make this water shooter.
  3. Art Project: We generally encourage our kids to play with color, via coloring worksheets, and other painting projects. This summer I am pushing to experiment with colourful e-lo light after I discovered this DIY light. Maya’s pushing for a weaving project. Perhaps we’ll try both. Our kids enjoy doing things with their hands.
  4. Cooking: After all the TV shows with kids cooking, this is something we want to try at home. Our kids know what they eat and do watch us when we make something from scratch, but I am not sure if they will take to this. We are definitely trying though. Maybe we’ll start with making some smoothies. Banana is a great favorite and it is a simple fruit as far as handling goes. I really don’t want to spend too much time cleaning up afterwards!

This is the first time we have a list to try out. When our kids were younger, we just took the holidays a day at a time. Now I think, they would like to participate in such activities. Our older one also likes to photograph such activities and share it with his grandmother. She is a great photographer too. It’s interesting to notice how this particular interest skipped my generation and jumped a generation to reappear in my kid!

Anyway, this summer is going to be memorable.