When summer vacation arrives, some pre-teens are apt to sit down in front of the television or computer to chill out all day. So, it’s important for parents to make sure their pre-teen has at least two or three scheduled activities to do each week. Look at four fun summer activities to keep your pre-teen from getting in too much screen time inside the house.
A Book Group
Get your pre-teen to form a book group with friends. The group could meet at your home every two weeks to discuss a favorite YA novel. This is one way to keep a pre-teen’s brain active and get some more reading accomplished outside of school. Who knows? This book group could lead your pre-teen to a lifelong love of reading!
Taking private swimming lessons is a great idea for a pre-teen who knows how to swim a little bit but needs some more practice. An instructor can teach your pre-teen about the different strokes and how to stay afloat if he or she gets tired or feels a cramp. These lessons can be fun and may even be lifesaving one day. Plus, there is definitely an advantage to spending some time in the pool on a hot summer day!
Hikes in the Woods
Hiking in the woods is an excellent way for your pre-teen to get exercise and learn about the natural world. Maybe you could give your child a journal to record any sightings of interesting birds or other animals. Later, your child could look up facts about the birds or other animals to find out more about them. This activity also teaches kids to respect nature and take care of the environment around them.
A New Exploration Each Week
This activity is something you can get really creative with. Try a new thing each week with your pre-teen. You may visit a local museum that just opened up or visit a special exhibit at the local aquarium. Take some time in the lazy summer months to see something you may not otherwise have time to see.
These are just a few ideas to get you and your pre-teen thinking about what to don summer vacation. Not surprisingly, some kids learn more during the summer than they do during a year of traditional school.