Pediatricians highly recommend limiting screen time for youngsters, but what is a parent supposed to do over the summer months? If you combine the heat, the finances, and the time it takes to have an outdoor adventure, it is much easier to look at alternative forms of entertainment. Fortunately, you can find many indoor activities that will impress your kids and keep them busy for hours on end.
Try Out Some New Learning Apps
If you have unlimited satellite internet, allow your children to spend some time on their tablets or computers. There are hundreds of quality educational apps for all age ranges. By giving your children some purposeful screen time, not only are you able to keep them occupied, but you also keep them engaged with schoolwork. Teachers are always talking about the difficulty kids experience coming back and time it takes to jog a child’s memory after taking such an extended break. Your child can avoid falling into an educational slump with the right apps.
The makers of ABCmouse.com have created a brilliant program for early learners, and Adventure Academy is designed for elementary school students. Through these games, kids engage in fun games, videos, songs, and activities that follow a traditional learning path for their age range. Your kids will be reviewing old material and learning new things, all while having fun and being entertained. Popular apps recommended by teachers also include Homer, Splash Math, and SpeakaBoos.
Check Out the Local Library
Gone are the boring days of library research and dusty old books. If you haven’t been to your local library lately, you need to stop in and check out their scheduled events. Throughout the summer, many libraries offer a kid’s reading program. There is a list of books recommended, and weekly or monthly activities are held at the library to reinforce or support the reading goal. The programs will differ by age group, but there are plenty of things to do. Because of the focus on literacy and education, many of the activities over the summer align with academic subjects that will be explored in the upcoming school year. Social media sites are a great way to receive notifications about upcoming events.
Give DIY a Try
If you are still feeling the pressure to entertain your family, take a deep breath and get creative. Being resourceful can lead to a whole lot of entertainment when you are worried about being perfect. With websites like Pinterest and PBS kids, you can find out how to make just about anything your kids might need to stay busy. It is totally okay if you aren’t crafty. The fun is in learning and just doing things together. Turn your background into a splash park with a DIY slip and slide or sprinkler run. Have an indoor camping trip and throw in movie night. Raid your linen closet for sheets and pillows and turn your living room into a giant tent. Gather underneath with a bowl of popcorn and enjoy a movie together. Host your own cupcake wars or baking show and have each family member show off their mad skills with some frosting and candy. You will take it to the next level of fun when you add in some DIY activities.
Once the summer ends, the fun doesn’t need to stop. In fact, if you have done your job well, your kids will be begging to spend more time you. Making memories and having fun will take a little bit of effort, but it will be worth it in the end. You will be able to take your place on the list of “cool parents” and avoid hearing “I’m bored” all summer long.