Last week, we talked about the importance of outdoor learning to our teaching philosophy, here at ICS. But now with the Summer holidays underway, it falls to parents to keep their children physically and mentally active. Of course television and games consoles are a part of children’s lives and can be an easy solution, particularly with the Great British weather in mind, but we thought we’d put together some tips for some alternative activities to keep your family occupied during the break:
Build, explore, get muddy!
Whether it’s your own back garden, or a nearby park, there’s plenty of green space for kids to run about, build a fort, or roll down grassy slopes. Apart from simply being a lot of fun, playing outside also has huge benefits to children’s health and development, as a recent Guardian article explained. So, get outside this summer and explore the world around you!
Read, read, read
No matter what the genre, children should be encouraged to read as much as possible during the summer break - perfect for those inevitable British rainy days.
Go to the theatre
Nothing enlivens the imagination like the theatre, and with London becoming the cultural hub of the world this Summer, there’s plenty to see. Alternatively, plan a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe, where children’s plays are shown all day long!
Try something new
The Summer isn’t just a time to entertain your children, but to open up your own imagination! Whether you’ve always wanted to wander around the Tate or explore the Great British countryside; the more joy you gain from activities, the more engaged your children will be too!