Summer is a time for adventure. But in this day and age of tablets and video games, kids are getting more easily bored. So we say it’s time to revive the spirit of adventure and creativity in and awaken childhood imagination again so that this summer can be exciting, memorable and include far less screen time!
At Ontario Bakery, we love families. We’ve been serving them for years as a family ourselves; so we know a thing or two about the challenges they face. That being said, we want to share some very helpful, tried and true, simple tips to activating imaginations and getting those creative outdoor juices flowing!
First of all, if you live in a house, make sure your yard is child friendly and imagination inspiring. Have log stumps, shovels, stick piles and other open ended tools around for kids to play with and be creative.
Create an explorer shelf or box full of things like containers, nets, a magnifying glass and such to encourage them to explore even more. Have a basket, shelf or corner on the porch, deck or in the bedroom where the kids can display the nature treasures that they find and want to keep. Encourage them to tell you all about it and be excited!
When you take children to parks and other natural areas, allow them the freedom to really explore. It's easy for adults to fall into forcing their children to act like adults. But this is the time to really let them explore!
See what natural resources available in your area. Take children canoeing, kayaking, fishing or on a good hike. Have your children collect treasures they find and then create a photo or memory album to tell the story of what they experienced.
Just be sure to encourage the fresh air activities and be adventurous to get out there yourselves!! If you want to top off the day with a sumptuous sweet, give us a call at Ontario Bakery and we'll bake you up the perfect treat!