Summer holidays have already begun in some schools and parents are facing the perpetual
question of keeping their kids engaged. Well, you haven’t planned any travel, here are some
awesome ways to pull your kids out of holiday boredom.

1. Reading
Reading can keep your child busy for hours. Buy them books online or join a library or book
club. These days, there are also plenty of toy and book library services that deliver books to
your doorstep on a subscription basis. Your child can even borrow books from friends and
cousins. You can also ask your newspaper guy if he can deliver magazines like Magic Pot,
Champak, and children’s newspapers.

2. Activity Subscription Boxes
Activity subscription boxes contain curated items like books, activity sheets, art and craft
material, etc. They are a great way to keep your child off-screen. They are available across
different age groups. You simply have to log on to the website of subscription box sellers
and subscribe to the box of your choice. Check out some options here.

3. Cooking and Baking
Cooking and baking are good activities for both younger and older children. The little ones
would love to get their hands messy and learn how food comes from farm to table. The
older children can acquire cooking and baking as life skills. Once they get hang of the basic
skills, ingredients and measurements, they can even watch online recipe videos and
experiment on their own.

4. Hobby and Activity Classes
Many hobby and activity class providers have opened their doors to children. However, if
you are worried about the safety of your children due to the ongoing pandemic, you can
even opt for online classes. You can enrol your kids in dance, STEM, calligraphy, sanskar
varg, speech and drama, music, martial arts, chess, language and phonics, art and craft,
yoga, etc. Explore the options here.

5. Household Chores
Summer holidays are for fun and frolic. However, this period can also be a good time for
your children to engage in household chores. Assign age-appropriate chores to your
children. Some of such chores include making beds in the morning, filling up water bottles,
grocery shopping, cleaning a shoe stand, folding laundry, cleaning the table after the meals,

6. Gardening

Teach your child to plant flowers, herbs and other plants in your garden patch or balcony.
You can take them to a nursery to buy pots, seeds, plants, tools and fertilizers. Choose
plants that grow quickly and are easy to maintain.

7. Summer Journal
Your children can maintain a diary or scrapbook where they can pen down all the special
things they do in the summer holidays. They can draw and colour in it, decorate it with
different art and craft materials, take printouts of photos and paste them and create a
collage – they can get as creative as they get. A summer journal would be a good memory to
look back upon when they grow up.

We hope you liked these ideas. Let us know how you plan to engage your kids this summer!

About Rekha Menon

Rekha Menon is a primary teacher by profession, now engaged in various hobby & craft classes for kids, and occasionally writes about topics which interest her. With two teenage kids, she is usually grappling with issues that most parents deal with, and shares her views to stimulate discussion on these.


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