5 Ideas for a Productive Summer

There is no reason to be bored nowadays. There are different gadgets and apps that keep a person occupied . Waiting in line is no longer a difficult chore because you can always play mobile games, listen to music,  watch videos and even pay bills. It can be tempting for parents to let these devices babysit their kids.  There are ways to keep kids occupied this summer without having to touch a computer game. What they can do is use these devices as tools for more productive activities. Adults can learn some new skills, too.  Albert Einstein said, ” One you stop learning, you start dying.”

Here are some productive activities you  and/or  your kids can do:

1. Art. Give a kid paper and crayons and let their imagination develop. For those who want to teach their kids the basics in art, there are many resources in the library and on the internet where you can develop the drawing skills of the kids. Here is a simple instruction on how to draw a lion .


Those are in for a challenge can sketch something as elaborate as this one.

Source: creativepro.com via kat on Pinterest


2. Snail mail. With the advent of email, sending out birthday cards became a novelty. It is nice to surprise a friend by sending a card through the mail.  Homemade cards are easy to make. How about this one for starters?


3. Plant something.  You can plant a tree.


Those who live in small spaces can start with an herb garden. The herbs can be used for cooking.


4. Discover new recipes. Tired of frying food all the time.  You can experiment on new recipes and  involved you kids in the preparation. It does not have to be complicated. How about this?


5. Summer classes. There are different summer classes available. Some are on crafts and some are of the academics type. A child can enjoy some play time and some advanced lessons or two. It does not hurt to engage them in advance Science or Math lessons. If that is too cerebral, how about learning a new language? A new language expands their world and it can get pretty handy when traveling. The world has become smaller with the advances in telecommunications and transportation. They can learn at their own pace by hiring a tutor. If you live in the United States, you can hire tutors at tutorspree.com where they have a meticulous method of screening their tutors to make sure your child gets the best learning experience possible.

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  1. My oldest nephew keeps saying he’s bored at home. In fact, he likes having classes more than summer vacation. With all the technology these days, kids still get bored. I guess it’s because kids these days are the “instant click” generation. Sometimes, I am also guilty of that, forgetting hand skills in favor of computer keyboards. 🙁

  2. Love the fourth…You gave me idea on what to cook next. hehehe

  3. Nice ideas for summer. I think I’ll do more crafts this summer. 🙂

  4. These are great ideas to spend summer at home. My son’s imagination is very good. He draw a lot and he draw what he thinks. Hehe.

    Mommy Maye2

  5. Those are superb ideas! I love the personalized birthday card with pop-up design.

  6. have to keep the kids busy… every kid has a different outlook and I feel a bit sad that my 16 year old isn’t as keen in our trip abroad!

  7. I’m actually doing #4 this summer, but I want to start my herb garden too. It’d be really nice to have fresh herbs available in the home ^^ No need to buy na

  8. Summer vacations are fun for the little ones but can be quite a challenge for moms like me. Thanks for the wonderful ideas on how to keep my little ones busy this summer. We’re already doing #1 and 5. Will attempt #3 and #4 this month. 🙂

  9. Nice list you got there. As for me, I enrolled my elder child to a summer basketball clinic in his school to ready him for his school’s basketball varsity. Also plan to join him in Jollibee’s Talent Camp. 🙂

  10. These are brilliant ideas! 🙂 Will do #2 as I miss writing on cards/stationery paper!

  11. Summer classes it is. But summer classes must be fun and exciting so kids won’t feel that their summer vacation is not worth it.

  12. Found a good deal on the promo site of Ayala Malls, if any of you would like to act on #5 and are planning to enroll your kids for summer math/english classes. Here: http://www.a-deals.com/home/483

  13. Well these are all great ideas for the summer. I think will be doing the art thing and the cooking. hehehe.

  14. great list!
    i’m spending the rest of my summer to campaign for Teddy and Kabataan Partylist
    btw, that baked mushroom-pepperoni looks very delicious, daming cheese, i will try to cook that!

  15. Interesting summer ideas. We haven’t thought about what to do for summer yet with the kids but crafts are certainly something which we will consider.

  16. Great ideas! I’m sure every kid and the-kid-at-heart will never be bored his summer!

  17. i need to do the fourth too! 🙂

  18. I always wanted to make a herb garden. Sana may summer break din employees.hehe

  19. if only our company would let us have 2 months vacay i would certainly do those things..

  20. Great ideas! I also want to learn new recipes! 🙂

  21. these are useful suggestions. 🙂

  22. Endless fun activities for summer, going out on the park, vacation etc, But one of them that interest me the most is learning and trying new recipe.:) Great post:)

  23. that’s a lot of summer ideas, i like doing artwork with my kids

  24. I’m going to try snail mail and recipes! Great idea to keep busy. The arts thing is for my kids. I’m not an artist.

  25. I love the arts and crafts ideas! Ganon lang pala gumawa ng popup. Hahaha. And that recipe looks good, too! Sarap i-try. 🙂

  26. I love that stuffed peppers recipe. Mukhang masarap sis!! Thanks for sharing.

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