Updated: Sep 2, 2020
School is out and keeping the kids busy seems like it will be a full time job?
Catch these 3 simple tips to help you plan out your summer for the most fun.
School is out and the kids are ecstatic!
They can't wait to be completely free of any schedules or rules, but if your child is anything like mine, after a few days of freedom, she gets bored of the freedom needs a little something to keep her busy.
It may be a bit overwhelming not knowing how you are going to entertain your children for the entire summer and you really don't want them to spend hours on an iPad, TV or gaming console.
They are used to being in school for the majority of their days with a very strict schedule and understanding that they don't have a say in what they are doing and now they are free and clear to do as they please and it is up to you that they stay busy.
Or is it?
Yes, children need activities to learn and have fun but it is also just important for them to
have some free play time too.
So while you are planning all of the activities and outings for them to participate in remember that they need some free play time too.
Depending on the age of your children and their level of independence the free play time may take different forms.
My oldest daughter who is 5 loves to spend time drawing or pretending with her toys, but like I mentioned earlier, after a few days of this, she's done.
She then needs interaction and play time with friends or family.
For younger children independent time is usually supervised, which is completely true for my youngest who is 2.
She can be independent, but still would like me to pay attention to what she is doing and be there with her.
Just remember that this down time or quiet time is great every once in a while, but it's not an everyday occurrence.