We hope these activities will lead to some quality time for you and the kids you care about.
Quality time happens when we least expect it, often around the smallest and least expensive events. You can’t schedule it. It doesn’t take a lot of time. Instead, it takes a lot of small moments. Be prepared to be surprised by many “magical” moments while doing our summer activities. If you fully tune into your child, you and your child can make an amazing connection.
1. Let’s bake. Bake a cake or cookies. Let your child help decide what flavor, color of icing, and decorations to use. Take pictures and share on the internet or FaceTime.
2. Let’s play an alphabet game. Play an alphabet word game. Start with the first letter of your name and name a place or thing that starts with that letter. The next person takes the next letter in the alphabet and does the same thing. Take turns back and forth until you have done the whole alphabet. You can name a category first, if you like. For example, each word has to be an animal, fruit, street name, food, etc.
3. Let’s make a calendar. Make a calendar with the birthdays of relatives and friends that are important to your child. Use the calendar to send cards. You can have your child make a card on the birthdays as they come up. Or, if the child is old enough, you could teach him how to send e-cards or notes.
4. Let’s play with a pet. Take your child and a pet out to play. If you don’t have a pet, borrow a neighbor’s pet. Where to take the pet will depend on the type of animal. For many it might be a park. For others it could be your yard or just letting them out of their cages in the house for some free playtime. Be sure to select a place that will be safe for the type of animal. Be sure birds are protected from other animals and prevented from flying away. Remember, some pets can’t be “taken out to lay” at all because moving them is dangerous to them. – like fish, for example.
5. Let’s do music. Sing, play music, or dance together. Plan a “show” that you can perform for your family. You can even do it for neighbors because you can perform outside and have seats placed far apart for social distancing. When you are willing to show your talents, you teach your child it is OK to be talented and to enjoy your talents.
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