…and the livin’ is easy. School’s out, summer is here, and, hey parents, you have your children back for a few months. You can plan things that you have no time to do during the school year. Let’s face it. The hectic schedule during the school year with homework, sports, etc. books up all the time and doesn’t allow for much lazy leisure.
Which, by the way, is a necessity for optimal health. Lazy leisure. Down time. Long drawn out stretches to indulge in a project uninterrupted by tight scheduling. Time when you lose track of time. But… what to do? Tight schedules don’t promote creative mental wandering to the places where ideas come from and the transition from go go go feels a little jagged at first but that passes. So, here are some free or pretty darn cheap ideas for a jump start.
A Very Short Leisure List
Geocaching. It’s everywhere! It gets you all outside and best of all, it’s a blast for free! Find out everything about it here at geocaching .com
Grow some food. Anything, any way. And then eat it! Start at Kidspot for ideas and go from there!
Ice Cream. Create a new flavor and make it at home. Start at Eating Well for some ideas. If you don’t want to use sugar, by all means try agave or honey. Just experiment and sample like crazy then, let me know when your child’s book of recipes comes out!
Nothing. Yes, doing nothing is doing something and it’s the ultimate leisure. You can check out one High School Sophomore’s thoughts on doing nothing at Huff Post Teen.
Art Art Art Art Art Art Gather up all the free or cheap things you can use for art and go for it. Do it outside. Make it big or small. See if you can find a place where a bit of a mess doesn’t matter so your children can leave their “studio” set up indefinitely. Additionally, you will find lots of ideas at the Artful Parent site however, be sure your children are not just following directions. Focus on experimenting with techniques
Technology. Limit this since all it does is kill creativity – depending on how it’s used. On the other hand, boredom fosters creativity! Mostly, technology keeps kids sedentary and inside. Qustodio is an interesting site.
Invent something and make it. Research patents because kids can get patents, too. Find out more here at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office site.
Write music, create a song. Perform it for someone. Record it on Garage Band if you have it, otherwise, try your Dad’s cell phone or an old fashioned tape recorder.
Read 10 books. Remember libraries? It’s cool inside and also libraries are still doing well. Actually, it doesn’t look like they are going away at all, like some news stories have predicted.
Sleep outside at least one night. In your yard or somewhere.
Hey! Have a great summer and let us know if you do something with your children you want to share.