The summer holidays are an important time for your child to have a break, recharge their batteries, and spend time with family and friends. They’re also great for doing activities together that you might not have time for during the school year. Here are some fun things you can do with your child over the summer break.
Around the house
- Play board/card games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Pictionary, Snap, and Uno with your child.
- Make a play ‘city’ with cars, toys and boxes for buildings.
- Make a quest. Try asking your child to photograph as many insects (or plants or anything!) as they can in a day.
Fun in the sun
- Try doing some gardening with your child. You don’t need a big backyard – just find some containers to recycle as pots. Get your child to paint or decorate the pot, plant the seeds and water them every day. Choose something that grows fast (like peas or sunflowers) and start on the first day of holidays, so your child can see the plants growing over the break.
- Lie on the grass and watch the clouds with your child. Talk about where clouds come from and where they go.
- Head out to a local park and have a picnic. Let your child help prepare and pack the food to get them excited about the trip.
- Write a story with your child and get them to draw the pictures.
- Buy or make a note book and get your child to write a school holiday diary (or draw pictures every day for younger children).
- Make cards with your child to send out to relatives.
- Try doing some food colouring experiments – set up jars of water with different colours and dip in vegetables, flowers, or anything else you can think of.
- Make some mixtures and solutions. Try making ‘oobleck’ with cornflour and water, or make a super-saturated solution – slowly stir in salt or sugar into a glass of water and see how much you can add before it stops dissolving (Hint – it’s a lot!).
- If you’re feeling creative, try a paper mache project using with newspaper, glue, balloons and boxes. It makes a mess, but it’s a whole lot of fun.
- Make sock puppets by gluing wool on the top of an old sock and using a permanent marker to draw eyes, nose and a mouth.
- Make a collage with your child using pictures from old magazines, catalogues and newspapers.