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Summer ideas for at-home entertainment!

Summer in the northern hemisphere officially starts with the summer solstice on June 21st. But here in the US, we feel is summertime right after Memorial Day. I love summer! For me, is the time to relax, have fun, and go to the beach! But for many parents, summer means that kids are at home and the question many parents ask themselves is…What are we going to do this summer with the kids? Depending where you live your children might be home, right now, or in just a few weeks! Yikes!

So, what’s there to do with the children during the summer vacation? Of course, there’s always the traditional summer camps (I never went to one, so I can’t talk about that experience; I’ll research). But if you are at home with the kids, it can be tricky (and costly!) to find things to do to entertain them that won’t make you (or them) go crazy or bankrupt! So here are some ideas of fun, cheap entertaining things to do with your kids this summer!

  1. Cooking- I know it can get messy, but researching for the BEST recipe, getting the ingredients and doing all the cooking can take a few hours! If you do it at least twice a week, that can save you some time. Plus, you have to eat anyway!
  2. Arts & Crafts– Again, another messy situation. But, you can set a space just for this kind of activity. Crafting can help kids explore their creativity! Who knows what kind of masterpiece they’ll come up with? All you need is some paper, colored pencils, glue, stickers and a few other crafts to make it more special. Find things around the home to use! (here’s a link to a cute craft idea!) 
  3. Father’s day homemade cards– No need to explain! Have fun!
  4. Dance competition- Get some friends/cousins/neighbors and have a dance competition. This can last for hours! But between planning the rules, the judges, the outfit, and the songs, that can take a few days! You can also have a competition for sports, crafts and singing! The important thing is to have fun, not to win.
  5. Game night– Well, I guess I had to add this because I love board games. They are fun! If board games are too retro for your kids, and you have a Wii, then have a Wii challenge!
  6. Sleep-overs– This is great because if your child has 3-4 friends, and they each sponsor a sleepover, that’s a few days of kid-free time for you to recharge for the next adventure!

Whatever you decide to do, what’s important is that you spend time together as family [with the exception of the sleepover ;0)]. These activities help the children, with their creativity, motor and social-emotional skills.

Are there any other activities you would add? Share with us, so that I can add it to my list!

 

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Music benefits…

 …Social-emotional skills!

Many parents do not think about their children’s social and emotional skills and how they can help strenghten and develop those. In future posts I will talk about these skills and what can parents do to help their children in that area. However, today we talk about how Music benefits social-emotional skills!

1. Music helps improve self-esteem. Songs are meant to be sung many, many, many (did I mention many?) times. Repetition helps the child to predict what’s going to happen and this helps with self-esteem. Anxiety is decreased because they know what comes next. Think about it, they don’t know much about the world so they become anxious about everything it’s happening because everything is new! Singing songs they like helps improve their self-confidence. Plus, when we sing, we probably move and dance and as a parent/caregiver you will celebrate their movement and how wonderful their dancing is by clapping and smiling…that helps with their confidence as well!

2. Music helps with curiosity. When children explore with one or a variety of instruments, this helps them satisfy their curiosity. How does this work? What kind of noise does it make? Does it bounce, wiggle or shake?

3. Music helps make friends. When they sing, dance or play instruments they interact with other children. Music is mostly a social activity! Kids love to dance and sing with their friends and show-off their skills. Singing and dancing together helps children bond with their friends, because now they do things that they enjoy together, isn’t that how we choose our friends? I certainly do!

4. Music helps with self-control. When they share instruments, share the dancing space or sing a song together, they are developing self-control. They practice self-control when sharin, taking turns, planning their actions, paying attention and moving at the rhythm of the music.

5. Music helps to relate with other people. Nobody can be grumpy when singing or dancing! Music helps us to be kind and respectful because we are singing together and making music together; it’s a group experience! Also, music helps expressing their feelings. You can sing when you are happy, sad or to celebrate other people’s birthdays and accomplishments! Children learn how to relate with other people through music and in this cooperation they learn to resolve problems with others.

Here I shared just a few of the benefits. Can you think of other examples of how music helps with social-emotional skills? Share with us!

 

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