This is the time of the year I hand over the microphone to my kids to let them tell us about their Summer. (See last year's post here.) It's a - subtle - way for me to make sure their neurons don't melt during the hot months. The "assignment" I gave this year was "Write about the best things to do in the Summer". They came up with the rest on their own. Again, I did not edit spelling, punctuation or grammar. It's "as is". Happy reading!
The best things for a kid to do over the summer
by A, 8 years old
On Sunny days
Going to the beach, Playing out side, Going to the lake, playing in the sprinkler, Play basketball, Riding your bike, Going on your trampoline (if you have one,) flying kites, having a campfire, making new friends, going camping, having play dates, and last but not least…
On Rainy days
Play board games, playing with Lego or Playmobil, building a city for your dinky cars, sewing, Have play- dates or sleep-overs ( if your allowed) mabie stay up later than you normaly do, watch tv or movies, play with your pets, (if you have any), playing the piano, and...
The top 20 things to do (and a few things not to do)
during the summer
by R, 10 years old
WHAT TO DO
#1 Be as active as possible
#2 Be happy and make others happy
#3 Stay protected from the sun
#4 Stay connected to nature
#5 Hang out with your friends
#6 Keep hydrated (drink lots of water)
#7 Have colder types of foods like salads and fresh fruits (Don’t forget ice cream!)
#8 Have alone time at least two times a week
#9 Listen to happy music (like this)
#10 Keep on doing schoolwork (but not too much)
#11 Get enough rest so that you are not too groggy every morning
#12 Go CAMPING!
#13 Go to an amusement park if you have the chance
#14 Play with your pet (if you have one)
#15 Have playdates and sleepovers
#16 Go visit your relatives
#17 Go to fun camps that interest you
#18 Go hiking and swimming (if you enjoy it)
#19 Go to special places that you can not go to during the school year
#20 Have the time of your life
WHAT NOT TO DO
#1 Never fight with your sibling (well, only when your parents are not watching)
#2 Do not spend a lot of time on your electronics or other devices (they rot your brain)
#3 Never ever make big messes you can not clean up; it just means extra work for whoever would have to clean it and would put them in a bad mood for the day
#4 Do not bore people because it is not nice , even if you do not mean to, and others do not really appreciate you as much after that
#5 Never have over two or three special activities per day (you could become spoiled)
#6 It is a bad idea to miss birthday parties (instead, go have fun. WOOHOO!)
#7 Do not forget how to swim (I am telling you from experience)
Note from the editor: That "What not to do" list sounds like the echo of my own voice at times. Number 3 cracked me up! I think my message has finally been heard!
Regarding children and summer, I invite you to read this other post about water safety. My one and only video is to be found there, too.