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In today’s world, when life has become so fast-paced, summer breaks provide a necessary refuge to parents who wish to bond with their children and up their parenting game a bit.

As a parent, you would undoubtedly want your bonding time to go as smoothly as possible. But kids, especially young ones, make it hard to follow through with this plan, thanks to their incessant curiosity and penchant for mischief. The best course of action here is to have a handful of ideas up your sleeve that you know will work like magic on your children.

To help you, here are 5 fun activities that will keep your kids busy (and out of trouble) during the summer break!

1) Try New Recipes

With plenty of time in hand, summer days are perfect for letting children tag along with you to the kitchen and trying new recipes. You can do it once a week. Make a list of dishes that you want to try and ask your kids to pick one of them. If your child can read, let him read from the recipe book aloud. Help him work through the instructions and prepare the food as given, step by step. By helping your children learn how to cook, you are not only teaching them a necessary life skill but also imparting confidence and self-reliance in them.

2) Create An Obstacle Course

Another fun activity that you can do with your kids is an obstacle course. You can use anything – old pieces of wood, discarded boxes, buckets, garden chairs – to create an exciting space in your backyard. Ask the children to time each other around the obstacle course. The obstacle course can be finished using any means, be it a bicycle, a scooter, or skates. Also, don’t forget to invite the neighborhood kids over to make the game more exciting!

3) Indulge In Gardening

Create a separate patch in your garden for your kids. Plant a few quick growing flowers and herbs in that patch and give your kids the responsibility to take care of it. This will not only make your kids more responsible but will provide them with the satisfaction of having produced something. If you have a toddler, you can give him a spade and let him loose. Gardening can prove to be a great stress-busting activity for your family.

4) Explore Something New

When it comes to children, there is no shortage of things to do to appease their curious souls. You can try as many things as you want. Go window shopping and look out for new, exciting places around for food and shopping. Check out the local library and take a few light-hearted books to read. You can also explore the natural areas around, such as a beach or a park. Help them socialize by visiting community groups and making new friends!

5) Take Up A New Hobby

Motivate your children to learn something new by taking up a new hobby. It can be something as simple as keeping a diary or creating a lovely memory book. If your child has an affinity for creative pursuits, you may enroll him in a dance or singing class to keep him engaged. For toddlers at home, nothing works better than a large sheet of paper and lots of paint. Let them be free with their creativity, and you will find them enjoying a great deal. Look up a few ideas online and use them to make your kids utilize their time wisely.

Don’t let these free months of summer go to waste! Help your kids make the best of it by opting for one (or more!) of the many options mentioned above. It will be both fun and educative for your kids.