Kids' summer vacation activities
Keeping them busy during summer holidays
Some children like to sketch, draw or paint. Others may
like to sing, dance, act or even mimick. Yet others would cherish reading,
writing or storytelling. It is always very productive to identify the interests
that a child possesses and refine them to a higher degree.
July: School-AGE children are full of energy making it an uphill task for their
parents, especially the mothers, to keep them occupied and away from mischief.
While ordinary tricks may work during routine tracks, school holidays make for a
long stretch of time that requires special planning. Apart from the time taken
up by fun activities, weekend picnics, sojourns and other amusement-filled
events, there is still a lot of time remaining which needs to be utilised
creatively and usefully. There are a few options that are worth trying out in
make a near ideal stretch to consciously acknowledge such talents and evolve a
premise to develop them in a befitting manner. It may be remembered that there
is no magic formula of universal application in existence that will treat all as
one. The best way is to apply a combination of means and pick on those that seem
For independent-minded children, it is appropriate to discuss
ideas along with the possible ways of realising them. Often inspirational modes
and motivational techniques seem to work well. For instance, a child with
interest in art and painting can be shown the various works of arts displayed in
the galleries, museum and similar venues. Pre-planned visits with a few
instructions can be very fruitful. Children can be encouraged to record their
observations by sketching from memory. They can also draw subjects as to their
If the talent is ripe and has also acquired a mature status, an
interface with an artist or a visit to an art school can prove to be a bountiful
experience. Young folks can be driven to set some approximate targets to be
achieved during their vacations.
In some cases, the parents will have to
take the initiative to help streamline the activities for their children
according to their interests. For example, those budding talents interested in
performing arts may be encouraged to prepare and perform part plays, skits or
lines from classical texts. With familiar audience and surroundings, the
children shall be able to overcome shyness and intonation problems of speech.
Step by step improvement may be observed and lauded. The parents may
seek expert advice once they feel that the child is ready for it. With the vast
audio-visual resources freely accessible through the internet, the task can
become all the more exciting to follow.
Few older children display
inklings of entrepreneurship of various kinds. It is a rare but worth fostering
ability. An entrepreneur is an individual who has an idea and also knows how to
implement it. Normally this attribute is linked up with business and commerce.
But we also come across accomplished social and philanthropic entrepreneurs. A
child may have a genuine zeal to help out his less-privileged classmates or
friends in an innovative way.
The first step could be to understand the
band of thoughts that the child is able to sound about any imaginary project.
Thereafter, he may be given tips and hints to develop it further. If rational,
the child may be encouraged to pilot it as a demonstration work. It will boost
his confidence to no end.
Grooming a raw but visible talent and
nurturing it into a skill is a deed that inculcates enormous confidence.
Self-realisation in a young mind to be able to master a skill and display the
same with command becomes a lifelong asset in personality development. And very
basic input and support by parents and peers can lead to that high
achievement. -By Dr Noman Ahmed (The writer is professor and chairman, Department of Architecture and Planning, NED University, Karachi) Dawn
"It is quite necessary for children otherwise the constant stress they feel during regular days wouldve decreased their efficiency."
City, Country: Islamabad, Pakistan
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