Studies show that over the summer kids can lose much of what they learned during the school year. By planning activities for your kids this summer, you’re keeping them physically, mentally and socially strong. The added structure to their daily routine is a bonus for the entire family.
Federal guidelines show that kids aged 6-17 need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every single day. This includes a mixture of aerobic and strengthening exercises recommended at least three days per week.
- Aerobic: hiking, walking, skateboarding, rollerblading, swimming
- Muscle strengthening: climbing rope/trees/monkey bars, tug-of-war games
- Bone strengthening: running, hopscotch, jump rope
Exercising their brain is also critical to a child’s development. Help keep their problem-solving and critical thinking skills strong, so they’ll be prepared come September.
- Practice: Go through schoolwork packets together
- Creative time: write and tell stories, draw pictures, build structures with LEGOs
- New Skills: DIY projects, gardening, cooking—anything to keep kids thinking
Your children can still grow their social skills this summer even when social distancing. Being around their peers in a virtual environment will help them learn how to express their feelings, thoughts, and ideas.
- Camp: If open and safe to attend, consider overnight or day camp which provides social skills, physical activity and brain training
- Classes: are they interested in dancing, drama, or learning to code? Sign them up! There are many online and virtual classes available
- Friends: a neighborhood party is a great way to be social and be active outside—just be sure to maintain proper social distancing and safety guidelines
Having a structure and routine will keep your kids learning, growing, and free of boredom. Planning activities that you know your kids will enjoy are key to keeping them physically, mentally, and socially active this summer.