Thursday, June 2, 2011

Keep Them Busy this Summer By: Grandma Jeddah

What have you planned for your kids this summer?  If you haven’t already, now is a good time to get started. One way to maintain proper discipline in your home is to keep your kids busy.  Having constructive activities throughout the summer can help avoid excessive arguing and fighting among siblings.  It can also prevent them from getting involved in mischievous activities in order to alleviate their boredom. 
In the next few blogs, I’ll mention a couple of fun and entertaining activities you can get your children involved in.  You can do them all in your home, and they cost little or no money.   The main ingredients are you, your kids and a smile. 
Home Olympics
Home Olympics is a fantastic game to play with your 7-year-olds and up.  It helps them stay in shape while they remain in the house during those scorching summer days.
Have your child choose a day from the end of the month to hold the Home Olympics. Write the date down on the calendar.  You can even make lively posters to remind everyone in the home of the big day. 
Have your children practice the below athletic routines regularly 3 – 5 times a week.  This will strengthen their muscles so they can be in top shape for the big event at the end of the month.
These are the activities your children will do, insha’Allah or you can choose your own.

1.      In her bedroom, jump 50 Jumping jacks.
2.      In the hallway, do 20 push-ups.
3.      In the kitchen, run in place 50 times.
4.      In the second bedroom, perform 20 sit-ups.
5.      In the dining room, dip 10 leg squats.

Time your children at the end of all five games.  Each day they should try to beat their previous record. 
On the day of the Home Olympics, decorate your home for the special event with balloons and streamers if you like.  After the games have been played, have a small party or special treats available for all Home Olympics participants. Everyone is a winner, because they compete against their own previous scores not one another.

Go for the fun!

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