Tips for Spending the Summer with Children

 

Need some ideas to survive summer with your kids? Here are some tips for you!
Need some ideas to survive summer with your kids? Here are some tips for you!
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When you have kids, you may find it difficult to survive the entire summer break with them around. Kids are a fun-loving bunch and for a lot of them, the only time when they’ll be able to truly have fun is during the summer.

If you’re in a dilemma on how to go about things with your kids around the house for the entire duration of the season, below are some tips for you!

  1. Set schedules

There need to be certain time periods for—let’s say—video games, playing outside, resting, etc. It is unhealthy for children to be fixated on just one activity for the entire day. So why not diversify and set schedules for your children’s daily activities?

(And if you need ideas on activities for your kids, check out this post!)

  1. Engage

There are times when you’d just have to leave your kids alone, but there are also moments when you need to engage and play with your young ones. Not only will this allow you to grow close to your children, but will also benefit your well-being as a whole. Go ahead and bond with your kids outside or grab that controller and play a video game with your youngsters! Watching a movie is also a great idea.

  1. Make activities functional

Summer will have to end sooner or later and by that, you’d still have to keep your children’s mind sharp for school. Why not drive your kids to engage in things that would allow them to think? Certain video games can with this, but you could also let them play board games or puzzle games, or try some physical activities such as basketball  or swimming.

  1. Enforce discipline (but not too much!)

Your children may get used to doing what they want during the summer break and this may cause a sort of headache for you. Be sure you approach them lightly and tell or convince them to tone things down a little. Perhaps you can set a bedtime schedule and have them religiously follow it just so they’d get enough sleep. Or maybe you can give them a subtle reward for their good behavior. It’s all up to you.

 

But perhaps the best tip I can give you is to not stress yourself out. Having fun is not limited to children. You may want to unwind every once in a while—why not try doing that with your kids?

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Sun Safety Tips for Kids This Summer

Kids just love to play under the sun!
Kids just love to play under the sun!
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Sun’s up! Kids are out of school and the best form of recreation for them is to go outside and play. Whether they’ll be at the beach or simply by the nearby playground, they’re bound to take the time to enjoy the vacation!

But of course, they need to be protected by the burning heat of the sun. Below are a few tips your kids may need to follow to protect them from the searing heat.

  1. Let your kids stay in the shade.

If there is a tree, cottage, or similar source of shade nearby, advise your children to stay there for the most part. Don’t let them stay under the sun for hours on end as, obviously, it can be damaging to their skin and may conditions such as sunburn or skin cancer.

  1. Dress kids accordingly.

When at the beach, rash guards work best. In a casual setting, caps and sunglasses are your friend. If it’s not too hot, thin long-sleeved shirts will also protect your child’s skin from the scorching heat of the summer sun.

  1. Apply sunscreen properly.

Rub sunscreen on the parts of your child’s body that are the most exposed to the sun. Some of these are easy to miss, so take note. It’s best to not risk sunburn or any sort of condition that would damage your child’s delicate skin. Sunscreen brands with 30 SPF are your best bet during extended periods of playing outside.

  1. Set a certain schedule for playtime.

Outdoor activities between 10 AM and 4 PM should be limited. UV rays are the strongest during this period and it wouldn’t be a good idea to go play outside during then. As with the first tip, find some shade and let your kids stay there for the majority of their time in the sun.

  1. Set a good example.

Of course, children need a role model. For you and your child’s sake, follow the necessary precautions. Apply sunscreen, stay in the shade, and dress up in sun-protective clothing. You’re not only setting a good example—you’re also protecting yourself from severe but preventable skin conditions.

If you’re going outside with your kids, always remember to take the necessary precautions. That way, your child’s playtime will be fun and enjoyable without any serious repercussions from the sun.

If you don’t want to risk going out in the sun, why not watch a movie instead?

For additional information, visit the American Cancer Society website.

Summer Activities for Fathers and Sons

If you're a dad, bonding with your son is absolutely essential!
If you’re a dad, bonding with your son is absolutely essential!
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Since Father’s Day is coming and it’s the summer, it would be great for kids to be able to spend their time with their dads!

And I’m here to present a few activities fathers can do with their sons! These activities are timeless to the point where they’ve been treated as traditions. Ready to start? Here we go!

 

  1. Grilling

Up for some barbecue? Grilling may well be the perfect activity a father may engage in with his son! Show your son how to pick the perfect steak and let him learn how to cut the meat. Teach him how to grill and how to know if the meat’s been cooked.

Additionally, here’s a video about grilling which may help:

  1. Gaming

Gaming isn’t just for kids—adults can enjoy a good video game too! And I’m sure your son will appreciate if you’d join him in playing video games. Family-friendly titles work best for bonding. I’m sure you both with have a lot of fun playing games!

Here are a few titles you might want to check out:

  • Super Smash Brothers Brawl (Wii U)
  • Mario Kart (Wii U)
  • Wii Sports
  • Just Dance (Xbox 360/One)
  • Kinect Sports (Xbox 360/One)
  • Forza Motorsports (Xbox 360/One)
  • Little Big Planet (PS3)
  • Katamari Forever (PS3)
  1. Road trip

Drive your son to the countryside and enjoy the view. Both of you should try seeing places, new and old, from a moving vehicle. It’s an enjoyable, relaxing habit both of you will treasure.

Make sure you’ve got a solid budget for the trip and see to it that your ride is up to shape. Make sure you have some entertainment inside the vehicle, lest your son gets bored. Games and the like will do. And most importantly, make sure both of you have the time of your lives!

  1. Camping out

A good father and son activity would be to camp out somewhere, either in the woods or your own backyard! Pitch a tent or just try sleeping out in the open if the weather permits!

  1. Sports

Playing sports with your son is a classic way to bond. Play basketball or soccer with your little boy and teach him the fundamentals and different skills and maneuvers he needs to learn. Later on, he might pose as a challenge to you!

So if you’re a dad off to spend time with your son, try out any of the activities above! Enjoy!

Affordable Summer Activities for your Children

You can keep summer activities with kids budget friendly!
You can keep summer activities with kids budget friendly!
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Summer has finally come and spring activities are set aside! And your children are pretty much excited of what the season holds for them. However, as much as you want to take your kids on the ride of their lives, you may be on a budget.

Here are a few activities which your children will love and which won’t break your wallet!

  1. Backyard camping

You probably have a spare tent lying around and a vast backyard. Why not set it up and camp out, even just for a night? You and your kids can build a mini-bonfire and possibly roast some hotdogs and marshmallows. See? You don’t have to go to the nearby woods in order to enjoy the great outdoors!

  1. Tree climbing

It may be risky, but climbing trees is a pretty enjoyable activity! Just imagine the look on your kids’ faces when they reach the top and take a glimpse of the breathtaking view of the suburbs! Climbing trees is worth every effort just for that sense of satisfaction your children would feel later on.

  1. Lemonade selling

It’s summer and it can get really hot outside. Why not make lemonade with your kids and sell some for profit? Your neighbors sure need to quench their thirst and it’d be awesome if the first thing they see are the cups of lemonade your children are selling! What a relief for them!

  1. Dog walking

Do you have a dog? Then teach your children the fundamentals of dog walking! It’s the perfect time for your kids and your beloved pet to bond. Also, dogs need their exercise as well, so dog walking is quite a healthy activity for both pet and human companion.

  1. Swimming

What would the summer be without swimming? If there’s a local pool nearby, take your kids there! If there’s a beach, then head on down to the shores! Just make sure you supervise your children well, as swimming can be risky.

So do you know which budget-friendly activities you’d want to do with your kids during the summer? Then go ahead and enjoy!

Fun Recipes for You and Your Child!

Make cooking a fun activity for you and your child!
Make cooking a fun activity for you and your child! Image source: Nutritioneer.net

Cooking at an early age is a great way to develop vital skills for the future. But you already know that. The bigger question is: which kinds of food can your child whip up easily?

Well, here are a few recipes you and your child can follow to make a delicious and palatable meal for any event, from birthdays to graduations. Read up and your child might become a gourmet chef in the future!

  1. Homemade pizza

Pizza is really easy to make! All you have to do is prepare the crust, add in some tomato sauce and let your child go crazy with the toppings! Make sure you put the pizza in the oven yourself for safety and see to it that there’s enough for the whole family!

  1. Zucchini boats

Zucchini boats are what your child can learn to make. Just slice a zucchini lengthwise and have your young one stuff it with things such as butter, onions, mozzarella cheese, and bread crumbs. As always, place the boats inside the oven yourself. Make several ones for everyone to munch on.

  1. Chicken nuggets

If you want your child to be engaged in the actual cooking process, chicken nuggets are great at teaching them how to use the fryer. Make sure you supervise as they cook since it is dangerous and the risk of burns and scalds will always be there.

  1. Macaroni and cheese

Making macaroni and cheese is also great at teaching your child to actually cook. And it’s easy to make! Just guide your child as he or she boils the macaroni. After a few minutes of doing so, let your kid sprinkle cheese while it’s still hot. It’s really that easy!

Are you and your child ready to engage in some cooking? Try the recipes above! And take note: be sure that you observe safety when doing so.

Have fun!

What Are the Best Places for Field Trips?

field_trip_grantsField trips are a lot of fun for most children. There are places to see and sights to behold—all in the name of learning! Kids are sure to have an engaging experience whenever they are within the reach of extraordinary places all throughout.

You may be asking what places are the best for field trips on a budget. Well, I’ve got you covered with a few suggestions. You might want to consider them, to say the least.

  1. Zoos

Zoos are fascinating places where children can learn about many different animals and see them with their own eyes. Why not take them to a local zoo or animal reserve? Just make sure they don’t get too close to the animals, especially the dangerous ones!

  1. Art museums

Appreciation for the arts ought to start early. By that, it’s a great idea to bring kids to an art museum so that they can marvel at various artworks made by talented artists. Who knows—it just might bring out the inner Rembrandt in some of them!

  1. Nature centers

Being educated about nature and the environment is something essential for everyone, especially the young people. That is why it’s good to bring kids to a nature center, so that they may learn the value of preserving the environment. Isn’t that something? In their own little ways, they’d be able to save the world!

  1. Planetariums

Learning about heavenly bodies is always interesting to a lot of children. Going to a planetarium satisfies children’s curiosity and would give them knowledge on the many different planets, including why or how Pluto got dropped from the list.

  1. Historical sites

Heritage sites are there for a reason: To make people remember where they came from, or how things were back then—including the past events which conspired. As sad as it may seem, they may be forgotten by future generations. That’s why bringing children to historical sites will prove to be beneficial to the memories of old.

Are there any other sites where you can take children on a field trip? Share your thoughts!

Outdoor Activities for Kindergarteners

Why should kindergarteners stay indoors when there’s a whole world for them to explore outside? Being able to do things outdoors is a refreshing experience for children!

And here I am once again, giving you some thoughts and ideas on what activities to do with your kindergartener outdoors!

  1. Bug-hunting

It may seem gross, but bug hunting is a good way to learn about both the flora and fauna of the outside world. Take a chance to learn more about the creepy critters and examining them as you and your kid use your nets to catch some bugs!

  1. Rock-painting

You see rocks along the garden? Excellent. Grab some materials and paint elaborate designs on them. Don’t be afraid to get artistic and messy—it’s a great experience for both of you. In the end, your painted rocks might just look good by the garden!

  1. Gardening

Speaking of gardens, how about you and your kindergartener do a bit of planting? Flowers, shrubs, herbs—you name it! Have your child learn the value of plants and why they’re very special to us. Also, as the vegetables being planted grow, you and your kindergartener will have a very abundant harvest.

  1. Fruit-picking

And on that note, if there are fruit trees nearby, let your child try his or her hand at picking ripe, abundant fruits. Don’t be afraid to dig in as you pick the reddest, ripest apple along a nearby orchard. But make sure that the owner knows you and your child are picking fruits; otherwise, you’d be in trouble!

  1. Hiking

There’s a path and there’s the two of you. What a great opportunity to go hiking! Experience the view and scenery with your kindergartener. Both of you will love it.

Are you ready to bond with your kindergartener? Then what are you waiting for? Go outside and feel the great outdoors!

Fun Ways for Preschoolers to Learn!

Learning is a tedious process for a lot of children, especially preschoolers who have yet to discover the value of learning before entering primary school.

So how do we teach them to love learning?  By making learning more fun for them! Here are some ideas which you may incorporate in the preschool environment!

  1. Going outside and observe the flora and fauna

boyBeetle_1605229cChildren don’t really have to go anywhere far from the school. A yard where insects are at is the perfect place to learn more about them. This creates an opportunity to study different critters up close. Of course, they’d have to be supervised, lest they venture out too far.

  1. Holding quiz bees

spellingcatQuiz bees are enjoyable and they drive students to study in order to win. This makes learning more dynamic and fun, as they dive in to the competitive world. They can use this to their advantage as they answer home works and quizzes back in the classroom.

  1. Making quiz activities more dynamic

Imagine letting your students engage in an adventure, where they answer riddles asked by other chosen students or by teachers. As they progress, they win various prizes which they may be able to use for their studies—aside from getting good grades.

  1. Starting role-playing activities

stk82256corThere are always light-hearted stories in which children can act out. Role playing allows for better comprehension of a certain piece and also develops their imagination (not to mention acting skills) all the same.

Do you have any more ideas which you can add to the list? Why don’t you let us know here? Your insights are well appreciated!

Activities You Can Do With Your Kids This Spring

Spring is a great time for you and your kids to engage in activities, as the weather is fair and the climate becomes rather favorable.

I’ve got a few ideas in mind on what activities you and your kids can engage in this season! If you’re willing to try them, then read on!

nature-scavenger1. Organize a scavenger hunt

Unleash your child’s inner Indiana Jones as they seek through places and spaces trying to search for items! Join in on the fun and drive your kids to becoming treasure hunters in their own right.

2. Start a mini-garden

miniature_garden_5If your backyard has enough space to spare, start a mini garden where your children can plant and cultivate! It doesn’t have to be complex. An area where your kids can learn basic gardening skills risk-free should be enough

3. Engage in arts and crafts

Get creative! Buy some colored paper, cardboard, yarn, glue, and recycle some materials. Create colorful ornaments with your children and teach them to be resourceful all the same.

bird-watching-for-kids4. Go bird watching

Have your children appreciate the beauty of nature! You don’t need to go to the woods or outskirts in order to see birds. Leave some grain on a bird feeder outside your house and wait as feathered friends swoop in!

I’m sure you’ve got a few ideas yourself! Speak up and feel free to share them here!

5 Sweet Spring Treats You Can Make In Less Than 10 Minutes

Since spring is here again, I had the idea to bring several spring-themed sweets to surprise my students and spoil their sweet tooth once again. I am also planning to assign them with spring-themed activities, but more on that later.

Since my busy schedule does not permit me to linger around the kitchen for long, I snatched up a few easy recipes from the web that are:

  1. Sweet
  2. Spring-themed
  3. Fast and easy to make

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