The city sizzled today with the sounds of summer. Reaching 90+ degrees, the Greenway fountains were in full swing, the “Boston Beach” was bustling with babies and the energy could be felt as residents soaked in the sun.
As exciting as summer can be, for many parents, it can also feel overwhelming to plan and program for their bouncing baby or tenacious toddler. Families often over book themselves, committing to so many trips, obligatory occasions or excursions that they exhaust their summer rather than enjoy it. Others can feel the opposite, where the “calmer” months of summer taunt and tease them, making them anxious over how best to keep their Boston Babies busy.
While these are very common feelings for families looking to find that happy medium between busy and bored, Boston Babies teamed up with Development Specialist Shari Kurtzman, to provide you with some helpful tips on how to keep your summer months serene, yet stimulating.
It is amazing how much energy and imagination children have, and how truly magical it is to experience life through their eyes.
Kids have such a fresh and creative take on things and find great pride in exploring themselves and the world around them. Unfortunately this kind of innocent and exciting exploration can dissipate as people get older. The day to day chores, work, to do lists, and monotony of adult responsibilities take the place of that once pure joy and excitement experienced through discovery.
While it is not always possible, Boston Babies would like to invite you to take a deep breath, put down your iPhone (iPad, iCal, and any other Apple based product) and enter in to a world that seems so far away, but can be found right in front of your very eyes. Children possess a youth, an appreciation for and understanding of the world in a way that is sometimes lost on adults. Use this summer as a chance to recapture your youth, reconnect with your kids and relinquish control…
See below for tips from Shari on how to enter the mind of your munchkin!
Get creative with the kids inside and out this summer! Don’t let summer boredom get you down – explore the world around you to support growing language, literacy and motor skills! Depending on age and developmental level, each activity below can be turned into a learning game with just a few special changes to suit your child’s needs and interests.
- Trek for Treasure:
Become pirates, create a treasure map and find lost loot in your yard (or inside your home on a rainy day.) Search for letters in your child’s name around the house or collect items for your “adventure” that all have something in common to support children’s identification and classification skills. Regardless of the details, the discovery is half the fun! Go on this memorable journey with your little one, escape your day and enter their exploration.
- Find a Fort:
There is a humble abode waiting for you, right before your eyes. Build your own fort with your Boston Baby–use pillows and blankets inside, sticks and leaves outside. Forts create a magical, exciting new place for children’s’ imaginations to run wild.
- Surprise your Senses:
Construct sand and/or water tables and let your littles and bigs experience sensory exploration. There’s no end to their creativity and imagination, when simply given a plastic container filled with treasures left for them to uncover. Use lots of description words to expand vocabulary – or make up some of your own!
- Write to Reflect:
Write letters to friends and family who are traveling (or while you’re on the road!) Have children write stories or draw pictures from different perspectives to extend their creativity. What does the road look like from a bird’s eye view?
- Play and Pretend:
Follow their lead. Children are naturally curious and creative creatures. Let them lead you
around the playground or the house. Ask questions to expand language and understand their games. The trick to this is that there is no wrong answer. Whether you are pixies exploring the woods or monkeys in the rainforest – following their lead allows your child the freedom to make the rules and for you to get some insight into how your child thinks and views the world around them. Get creative and curious with your kids – enjoy exploring from their perspective and it’s likely to change your own point of view!
See below to learn more about Shari, her background in Child Development as well as the many hands on programs available at The Sports Club/LA-Boston this season.
Bio: Shari received her Masters degree in Child Development from Tufts University and currently coordinates the curriculum, programming and a phenomenal staff as the Regional Assistant For Kids Only Manager at the Sports Club/LA in Boston and Chestnut Hill. Her passion for creative, hands-on learning through informal education drives her to be overly involved in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
Follow her on Pinterest and Twitter for more creative and hands-on fun! @ShariKurtzman
See below programs offered exclusively at The Sports Club/La-Boston this season: