We're not exactly psychic, but we can predict that your children will complain that they are bored and bicker with their siblings (if they have some) at least ten times during the summer. So we are here to highlight the amazing work that is taking place behind these annoying scenes.
Long summer days can offer so many wonderful opportunities for family time and activities that we forget to honour the downtime. Children hardly get unstructured time these days. When they do, it can be met with complaints and loud, uncomfortable noises. As parents, our first inclination is to stop that noise however we can. When we remember that boredom is the doorway to creativity, we give ourselves permission to sit back and wait for the magic to happen.
Things that can come out of boredom...
This summer, encourage collaboration through connection with other kids and family members. For example, you could let your kids:
Social Awareness & Responsibility
Summer fun means visiting new places and going on adventures. When your daily experiences include social awareness & responsibility, your children naturally learn how to make choices that positively impact the world. Every little positive step will help to create a big change. Here are some summer activities that highlight these competencies:
What is Creative Thinking anyways? Good news! It's happening all the time, especially during play. The gift of boredom is one of the best ways to generate new ideas. People who think creatively are curious and open-minded and have a sense of wonder and joy in learning.
This summer, encourage creative thinking through hands-on, creative activities such as:
So enjoy these long summer days, and rest assured your child is learning many valuable lessons along the way.
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The Wonder Squad