Summer is Child’s Play

Ahhhh…the lazy days of summer! The perfect time for children to discover new wonders and play endlessly in the fresh air. What did you love to do in the summer as a child? You could create a summer bucket list with your family. Share your list @growingrootsbox!

 

sweeet dream

Also, in the June box we provided Summertime Activities which provide secretly educational benefits.

The beautifully crafted wood coins provide:

  • opportunities to inquire & learn
  • child-led to provide choices
  • encourages independence
  • open-ended activities

Junebox

Did you know giving your children unstructured play is beneficial?

According to Pediatrics,

Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering their fears while practicing adult roles, sometimes in conjunction with other children or adult caregivers.  As they master their world, play helps children develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges. Undirected play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, and to learn self-advocacy skills. When play is allowed to be child driven, children practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace, discover their own areas of interest, and ultimately engage fully in the passions they wish to pursue.

Here is a downloadable PDF of a Summer Bucket List your kids can fill in with words or pictures to get you started. Below is a fun summer routine we love to use and the start to your summer bucket list:

summer

Through your child’s eyes you will see the discovery of summer play! Enjoy these fleeting moments.

Christina

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