Child & Family Development Child & Family Development

June 14, 2024

Summer Fun!

Summer Fun!

By: Kathryn Wright, OTR/L

Hey there, parents! Are you ready for some summer fun? School’s out, and it’s time to soak up the sunshine and make some awesome memories together. However, we know that transitioning from the structured school routine to the laid-back days of summer can sometimes be a bit tricky. Don’t worry, though – we’ve got you covered with some tips, tricks, and super easy games to make this transition a breeze!

**Making the Transition Easier**

  1. Communicate: Talk to your kids about the upcoming transition from school to summer break. Let them know what to expect and involve them in the planning process to get them excited about the upcoming summer adventures.
  2. Celebrate Achievements: Acknowledge and celebrate your child’s accomplishments from the school year. Whether it is academic achievements, personal growth, or new friendships, take the time to recognize and celebrate their successes.
  3. Create a Summer Bucket List: Sit down as a family and brainstorm a list of fun activities and adventures you’d like to experience together over the summer. Hang it up where everyone can see it and check off items as you go.
  4. Encourage Independence: Summer break is the perfect time for kids to explore their interests and develop new skills. Encourage independence by allowing them to choose their own activities and pursue their passions.
  5. Embrace Flexibility: Remember that summer is all about relaxation and fun, so don’t stress too much about sticking to a rigid schedule. Embrace flexibility and go with the flow, allowing plenty of time for spontaneous adventures and lazy days spent lounging around.

**Helpful Tips**

  • Establish a Summer Schedule: While summer is all about relaxation, having a loose schedule can help maintain a sense of routine for your kids. Include activities like reading time, outdoor play, and even some educational activities to keep their brains engaged. Bonus points if it is a visual schedule!
  • Encourage Outdoor Play: Make the most of the beautiful weather by spending as much time outdoors as possible. Whether it’s a trip to the park, a nature hike, or just playing in the backyard, fresh air and sunshine are sure to lift everyone’s spirits.
  • Get Creative: Summer is the perfect time to unleash your inner creativity! Encourage your kids to explore new hobbies, whether it’s painting, crafting, gardening, or building forts out of blankets and pillows.
  • Plan Fun Outings: Take advantage of the extra free time by planning some fun outings as a family. Whether it’s a trip to the zoo, a day at the beach, or a picnic in the park, these special outings will create lasting memories for your kids.
  • Stay Cool: Beat the summer heat by staying hydrated and seeking out air-conditioned activities when temperatures soar. Indoor crafts, movie marathons, or even a trip to the local library can provide relief from the heat while still keeping the fun going.

**Easy Games to Play**

  • Water Balloon Toss: Fill up some balloons with water, head outside, and see how far you can toss them without breaking! This classic summer game is guaranteed to bring plenty of laughter and giggles.
  • Sidewalk Chalk Art: Grab a bucket of sidewalk chalk and let your creativity run wild! Draw hopscotch grids, create colorful masterpieces, or trace each other’s shadows for some outdoor artistic fun.
  • Treasure Hunt: Create a treasure map with clues leading to hidden treasures around your backyard or neighborhood. Get your little explorers excited about hunting for hidden gems and let their imaginations run wild.
  • DIY Mini Golf: Transform your backyard into a mini golf course using household items like empty cans, pool noodles, and cardboard tubes. Set up obstacles and challenges for a fun-filled afternoon of putting practice.
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt: Head outdoors and challenge your kids to find items like leaves, rocks, flowers, and insects. Create a checklist or provide them with a list of items to find, and watch as they explore the wonders of nature.

We hope these tips and games help make the transition from school to summer a smooth and enjoyable one for your family. So go ahead, soak up the sun, make some memories, and have a blast this summer!

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