Our kids take us back to our own childhood. Summers are approaching and I can’t stop thinking about how as a child I would wait for the summer break and that long 2-3 days train journey to my native place, a tiny town in Uttarakhand, where relatives and cousins doted on us. We would gang up and go for short treks, put on fire in the woods and cook maggi, we climbed trees and made dishes and toys out of clay(mitti)
Times have changed and our kids probably won’t experience what we did, however our attempt should always be to engage them constructively and let them be close to nature.
If you have no extravagant plans for this summer holiday or you are unable to take your kids to their granparents home, here are a few things that you can surely do to add fun and value to their summer break.
1. Gardening- A brand new toy may give instant joy but an activity such as gardening will have an everlasting impact on your child.
You do not necessarily need a huge garden space, a small balcony with few pots can do the works too.
Try taking your kids to the nursery and engage them while you buy stuff for preparing your garden. Talk to them about flowers, bees and butterflies and about seeds and vegetables. Buy seeds as well as a few plants. Try including season specific flowers,fruits/ vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes etc. and herbs like basil, mint, ajwain and curry leaves.
You could also consider trying the famous “touch-me-not plant” (mimosa pudica or chhui-mui). Then there are other plants like tulips and hibiscus that have flowers blooming during the day and closing during the nights. Including these in your plants will keep the interest and curiosity piqued.
You could buy seeds online from Amazon too, checkout the link here
A mini landscaped garden on a large tray or tub will not only make your kid ecstatic but will also accentuate your balcony or terrace.
Upcycling old dishes, wine bottles etc to keep plants is a good idea as well. Tyres and old shoes too can be used for plants. Succulents would look lovely planted in boots or in your worn out stilletoes.
Pottery teaches many life lessons too, requires one to be gentle and patient. The process of baking teaches us rigourous test we may have to go through in life, it also teaches us to deal with loss of things that we create with love.
If you can, do enroll for a parent child hand building pottery workshop in your city. For people in Noida and closer areas you could check out claying thoughts.