Tick tock – the summertime clock is quickly ticking away, Summer is coming to a rapid end. For many families the end of August is vacation time, or, to just totally relax after organized summer activities have ended and before school begins. But this is a great time for some creative thinking for the kids to help prevent that dreaded summer brain drain?
Try this for a family fun activity: tell everyone to imagine a dream vacation. You can choose a place that you normally go to or a totally new one; across town or across the country. Then ask everyone to come up with a list of five things that they absolutely must have to go on vacation. Now comes the fun part. After everyone shares their lists with one another, ask them to compose a new list BUT this time everyone has to pretend that it’s 100 years ago. The year is 1913. Remind the kids that there was no electronic “stuff.” Television and radio do not exist, and there are not computers, smart phones or iPads. Evan ice is a luxury. Does kind of make you think.
Depending on the age of the kids participating in this activity, you may want to suggest having the older ones do a little research online and the younger kids may want to look through some books at home or at the library.
As always, we would love to hear what your kids came up with. Thankfully, its 2013 so you can email us your kid’s lists and we’ll publish their ideas in a future blog.