School holidays present an opportunity to spend quality one-on-one time with your son, though keeping him from getting too bored can be a challenge. Some boredom can promote creativity, but if you’re struggling to keep him occupied, we have some ideas to help your son get creative, investigate and continue learning.
Here are six early learning holiday activities to broaden your son’s mind:
1. Make some mud pies
Children love creating, and the messier the better! Encourage your son get in the garden and get creative with mud pies. This is an activity that your son could enjoy by himself, or with siblings or friends. This activity could have a sensory focus by including edible or scented plants, such as lavender, rosemary, mint and basil. It also encourages your son to use his critical thinking, problem solving, collaborative and communication skills along the way.
2. Go Geocaching
Geocaching uses a mobile device to find hidden treasure in the great outdoors. It is a great way to encourage your son to spend time outdoors while also growing his navigation and communication skills. Do this in a park and his gross motor skills will be put into play as he also tackles playground equipment. To learn more about geocaching visit Geocaching’s website.
3. Choose a ‘topic for investigation’
Speak with your son about things he is interested in and try to unmask a ‘topic for investigation’. This could be anything from solar systems and dinosaurs, to mechanics or history. Borrow books on the topic, visit attractions that could promote further learning such as museums or planetariums, or watch documentaries about the topic. You could even stage a pop quiz to see how much your son has taken in.
4. Get cooking
Embrace everyday education and ask your son to help you with the cooking. Although this may seem like a chore to you, getting his hands dirty in the kitchen can be a lot of fun for your son, especially if you are cooking something that your son loves. It also shows your son that cooking involves mathematics (measuring ingredients), science (mixing the right ingredients to make a cake rise for example) and knowledge of nutrition, and even creativity – let him loose with a few piping bags of different coloured icing and some plain biscuits to see what masterpieces he can create! Don’t be afraid to let him ‘work’ the kitchen – exploration plays a big role in education.
5. Become a science whiz
Boys often enjoy getting their hands dirty and experimenting with science. There are many easy and fun chemistry activities you can do in your own backyard using household ingredients. The Kidspot and NASA websites also have some exciting and easy activities to try.
6. Visit Church
Many churches offer children’s programmes. St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney for example offers a Sunday 10:30am service which is popular with young families. Children are offered a programme that is run during the church gathering, called Kathedral Kids, where children join in singing, a Bible story, craft activity and playtime, appropriate to their age. Afterwards morning tea is offered for everyone to share. This teaches your son important lessons about Christianity and community.
At Trinity Grammar School, we take great pride in encouraging your son to challenge himself and broaden his horizons. To learn more about the Trinity difference and to discover how we encourage boys from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 to grow in mind, body and spirit, download our prospectus.