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With many chil­dren on their sum­mer school hol­i­days, it means par­ents are faced with even more stress to en­sure they are kept busy – but look around and there’s plenty for them to do (and learn in the process)

- WORDS: Productivity · Lifestyle · Family · Parenting · Lifehacks · United Kingdom · Google

In­stead of pan­ick­ing about the long sum­mer ahead, why not look at all that time off as the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to teach your child some im­por­tant val­ues and life skills? Make the most of the world and the com­mu­nity around you with these four in­sight­ful and fun ac­tiv­i­ties...

Throw the books away and give your chil­dren the chance to learn about farm life with some first-hand ex­pe­ri­ences this sum­mer. One of the best things about liv­ing in the UK is that we have such vast and im­pres­sive coun­try­side all around us. If you know some farm­ers per­son­ally then get in touch and see what help you and your chil­dren could of­fer. Al­ter­na­tively, do a quick Google and you will find that there are many farm open days around the coun­try. This will give your chil­dren a chance to see the an­i­mals up close and per­sonal and to ask farm­ers ques­tions about their day-to-day life. Farm­ing UK is a fan­tas­tic re­source that can link you up with lo­cal farms and let you know when they will be do­ing some fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­ity days, so you don’t miss out on this won­der­ful learn­ing op­por­tu­nity. farmin­guk.com/far­mat­trac­tions

Set your lit­tle ones a chal­lenge of plant­ing, car­ing and grow­ing their very own plants. The most im­por­tant part is to make sure the re­spon­si­bil­ity is placed on their shoul­ders, so that when they see the re­sults from their own ef­forts it will be in­fin­itely more re­ward­ing. If they try to grow fruit or veg­eta­bles, they can also look for­ward to hav­ing a yummy meal, which might be an ex­tra in­cen­tive. look af­ter their home. You can use the lit­ter pick­ing ac­tiv­ity as a chance to teach about the dif­fer­ence be­tween re­cy­clable and non-re­cy­clable waste. Come the end of the day they will hope­fully have gained a prac­ti­cal un­der­stand­ing of the con­se­quences of waste­ful­ness – and your com­mu­nity will love you for help­ing to clear up the area.

There’s no bet­ter way to teach your chil­dren to be com­pas­sion­ate than show­ing them how they can do their bit to help oth­ers in so­ci­ety who are in a less for­tu­nate po­si­tion. Get them ex­cited about us­ing their sum­mer hol­i­day to do some good for oth­ers by get­ting them en­gaged with dif­fer­ent fundrais­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. You could go through a char­ity di­rectly and join in with pre-or­gan­ised fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the lo­cal area, or you can start from scratch and make a plan to­gether. First, find out who they want to help and why, then set up a tar­get amount that is achiev­able. Next, brain­storm dif­fer­ent fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that they would en­joy par­tak­ing in, and then get the word out to fam­ily, friends and so­cial me­dia be­fore you get started. Most im­por­tantly make sure you show the young­sters how to put the fun in fundrais­ing!

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