There is no doubt that December is one of the busiest months for Parents with the holiday season and end of the year looping. The last day of the terms seemingly creeps up on you when the thought hits… How will I keep my children busy during the summer break? What’s more important how will I make sure they don’t sit around at home watching TV or are on their smart phones playing games all day?
Certainly the summer break can be utilised to learn a new hobby, brushing up on an important subject or creating new experiences that will carry through to your children kicking off Term 1, 2015 on the right foot. Unfortunately some of these solutions are easier said than done with many households limited on time and money during the December/January period.
Here are 3 ways to keep your kids busy with exciting and healthy activities:
Summer Camps– Don’t have as much time as you’d like to spend with your kids with work being busier than ever? Summer camps are a great solution seeing your kids doing activities such as arts, sports and educational based games. They will make new friends, learn from new experiences and go to excursions you may not be able to take them on.
Smart Devices– There is a bunch of great ways to make sure your kids aren’t simply using their smart devices for the latest version of “Angry Birds”. Depending on your child’s age there are a number of free educational based games you can download through the App store that will challenge your children’s memory, knowledge and reading ability. For older kids downloading E-Books through programs such as Kindle will bring a new found motivation for your kids to read the classic greats they might be studying in term 1.
Work Experience– With the current job market being tougher than ever the number 1 factor affecting young graduates the lack of experience. Just because your teenagers are a few years from University doesn’t mean the skills they learn working in retail, hospitality or customer service won’t be relevant in their future careers. Picking up a casual job or Interning work experience will prepare your kids for the future and may be the x-factor that gets them their dream job many years later.
Have are some links to help you take the next step and keep your kids motivated this summer.
Camp Australia: Running a series of holiday camps across Australia – http://www.campaustralia.com.au/
Auscamp: Outdoor camps and programs- http://www.auscamp.com.au/
Australian Sports Camps: Sports camps across Australia- https://australiansportscamps.com.au/
KidzPhyz: A variety of dance and sports camp across Australia- http://kidzphyz.com.au/
Active8: A variety of programs for kids throughout Summer- http://www.activ8camps.com.au/camps/
Camp Creative: Creative programs for kids in dance, writing, crafts, music, visual arts, voice and much more-http://www.campcreative.com.au/
Apps to download
Kindle: Will allow your kids to take interest in classical books while using their smart phone or tablet computer to read them. Kindle can be downloaded through the Apple and Google Play Stores.
Video Science: A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages.
EarthViewer: Use your fingertips to scroll through Earth history for the last 4.5 billion years.
Khan Academy: Khan Academy’s materials and resources (over 3500 videos) are available to you completely free of charge.