Unplugging Our Kids for the Summer

"Each month we will have new activities"
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Tom Grill/Corbis

With all of the digital interaction available to children these days, it’s no wonder kids are spending less and less time using their imaginations. It’s also easy, as parents, to let our children spend their time playing video games, watching TV, or playing on the computer; after all, we work hard, we are busy, and we are tired.

Studies show that even 20 minutes of parent/child interaction each day will make a vast improvement on the mental health and wellbeing of our children1.
Here are some family activities that are fun, creative and educational.  If it’s rainy, sunny, snowing, blowing, you and your kids will find something fun to do!

Each month we will have new activities to exercise your children’s minds and bodies with activities designed to be affordable, easy to understand and sustainable!

Let’s Get Started!

Flour Fingerpaint

1 cup flour
2 Tbsp. salt
1 ¼ cups hot water
1 ½ cups cold water
Food coloring or tempura paint
Put Flour and salt in a saucepan. Add cold water and beat with a whisk or rotary beater until smooth. Add hot water and boil until mixture is thick. Beat again until smooth. Keep in refrigerator and color as needed with food coloring or powdered paint.

Nature Walk

Notebook
Pen or pencil
Camera/Phone
Take a nature walk with your child. Try to notice as many different types of trees, bugs and birds as you can. Keep a list of what you see, or take a picture of what you see. Write down any questions that or child asks; look up the answers on your next trip to the library.

References
1. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/119/1/182.full.pdf

Activity Ideas by Patricia Kuffner

 

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