Summer is one of the most awaited season of the year by my daughter, or should I say by my whole family. It’s not just because of the endless sunshine but also because it is vacation! We don’t have to wake up early in the morning, no stress on assignments and projects and most of all more bonding time for us. Here are our favorite summer activities:
Making popsicles or ice candies – instead of buying the sugar-filled pops, we love to make our own fruit popsicles at home. It’s a great activity and healthy treat for the kids on summer.
Jogging – burn those fats while maintaining the stamina and keeping the body healthy. We do this every Sunday morning.
Badminton – it is an enjoyable game that gives many health benefits and almost zero injuries. It can be played both outdoor and indoor.
Frisbee – it is a fun game that was recently introduced by my husband to the family. The role of the game is to catch the Frisbee thrown by one player. (sorry, I can’t see our picture playing frisbee)
Camping – my family loves to go camping, though we only do this on summer. It is an affordable yet fun way to escape the routines of city life.
Swimming – this is my daughter’s most favorite summer activity. She can swim all night and day.
Not to mention volleyball, playing guitar and singing as my daughter’s everyday activities. Yes, that’s how active she is. I am glad that despite of her active lifestyle and summer heat she keeps her body clean and good smelling with the help of Pure ‘n Fresh. She never leaves home without her kikay kit and Pure ‘n Fresh. Pure ‘n Fresh is a product of Unilab. It is specially made for kids. It has milk protein making it gentle for sensitive skin.
If you like to take advantage of the summer break as much as we do and keep your children away from the computer, try the abovementioned activities with your kids. Of course don’t forget Pure ‘n Fresh to beat the summer heat.
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Yes, it is still summer and summer spells FUN for almost every kid in town. This break gives them more time to play and take up activities that they can’t do while the school year is ongoing. Summer break also provides wonderful weather for family vacations, road trips and beach bonding. This time, why not take the whole family for a couple of days of sun, sand a surf? Unlike what many families think, there are actually a lot of other summer activities that you can do on the beach than just wade in the waters. Here are some suggestions that you might want to check out.
Build Sand Castles!
Challenge everyone in the family with these fun summer activities, to create sand castles and sculptures that are photo op-worthy! Don’t settle for the shapeless mounds that you used to make, with tools such as a small bucket, a small shovel and carving tools to help you, you can create a fortress that all of you will be truly proud of!
For a change, opt for a beach camping rather than the usual hotel resorts that your family usually book and reserve. The kids will have the grandest experience setting up and sleeping inside a tent. You may also use camping stoves and cook set to prepare your food. You can teach your kids to be more conscious about the environment as you tell them to collect the garbage and to dispose them properly too. These summer activities can make your kids’ vacation exciting and worthwhile.
For a kid’s wild imagination, the sea and the sun can be synonymous with pirates and treasure hunts! While at beach, give your kids a special mission to find the most unique shells or draw up a treasure map that they can easily follow. Cap the day with a reward and a sumptuous feast of fresh and yummy seafood!
Stargaze at Night
Down at the beach is the best location for stargazing and catching falling stars for a wish! Take advantage of the wide open sky that’s perfect for sky watching and star gazing. Point out constellations and try to name them in a contest. Catch falling stars and make wishes before they’re gone.
Try Out Beach Sports
The fine weather and the time you have could be the best combination you need to try and learn new sports that you will enjoy. Frisbee, beach volleyball and beach soccer are just some to name a few that could interest you. If the beach you’re heading has really nice waves, it could be the perfect setting to learn surfing, no waves? Try skimboarding!
Tomorrow is RJ’s first guitar lesson day. She is excited to use her pink guitar. Hubby bought RJ’s guitar last year but it is RJ’s first time to use it tomorrow. It is a junior guitar which is thinner and smaller than the traditional guitar…just perfect for beginners. Maybe when RJ can play well, we will buy her a bigger guitar.
I can see the excitement and enthusiasm in RJ’s eyes…very unlike me when I had my guitar lessons. Oh yes, I also had my guitar lessons when I was in the fourth grade but didn’t learn a bit. It’s because it was my dad who wanted it. I don’t hate music but I don’t love it that much either. But RJ, she easily learns musical instruments because of her love and passion for music…the very reason how we ended up with a guitar lesson as her activity this summer vacation.
If you are also planning to enroll your child to summer activities, below are the things you should consider.
- Interest. When you are choosing activities for your child, the first and foremost to consider is his/her interest. Remember that children are not born equal. Each of them has their own talents and capabilities. They would be very happy to devote their time to the activities that truly inspires them thus they would learn easily. Pushing your child to achieve your own unfulfilled ambition is like punishing him/her all throughout the activity unless otherwise he/she has the passion for the said activity as much as you do.
- Benefits. Aside of course from learning the activity itself, assess what other benefits your child can get from it. Will it boost his/her self-confidence, develop his/her social skills and team work, etc?
- Accessibility. It is practical to choose an activity center that is close to home. Long car journey can result to a tired child that is grumpy and unfocused.
- Duration. Summer activities should not last for more than a month. Give your child the chance to play and do other things that interests him/her.
Summer is marked by the longest day and shortest nights. This means more outdoor activities and more bonding moments for us. We have scheduled activities this summer and on the top of the list of course is swimming.
Like other kids, RJ loves to dip and play in the water. She swims from 8 a.m. til 4 p.m. and never gets tired. How I wish I have the same stamina as hers.
We also go to zoos and parks and stay there the whole morning. We have picnic mat and foods. It’s a perfect bonding time for my “mag-ama” because they can play longer. I love watching them while they are playing and teasing each other.
Summer also means more biking time for RJ and bonding with her cousins.
Thinking of perfect activities this summer? My list below might help you.
• Bake and cook. RJ can have fun decorating and doing the taste test. She loves desserts so we will make grayham cakes, ice candy, mais con yelo and halo-halo together.
• Scrapbooking. I will let her do her own scrapbook.
• Draw and color. We will draw together as we both love to draw, sketch and color.
• Board games. The three of us will play scrabble, snakes and ladders and I am planning to buy word factory.
• Sungka. Playing sungka can be a good mother and child’s bonding too.
• Make audio and video recordings. RJ loves taking pictures too. Maybe I can let her take pictures and make her own video.
• Watch movies. I am starting to download movies for kids. We will watch together whie eating popcorn and our favorite snacks.
• Videoke and dance. These are good past times too.
We can also do some outdoor fun like…
• Swimming. We have mini pool and weekends are the perfect time for swimming as hubby can swim with us.
• Stroll. Take trips to parks and playgrounds in the morning and have a picnic there.
• Badminton. RJ and I both don’t know how to play badminton so hubby can teach us this summer and learn together.
• Visit grandparents. We seldom visit her grandparents during school days. Maybe we can visit them every other week this vacation.
• Arcade games. Playing in the mall’s arcade once in a while can be fun too.
• Or we can visit museums, galleries, ocean parks and zoos.