Summer Activities to Stay Healthy and Promote Brain Development

It is finally July and with it comes the hot and humid weather. July is considered to be one of the hottest months of the year and it is also when students are at home enjoying their summer break. It is important that during this long break from school they still participate in activities that promotes their mental and physical growth. This year more than ever parents are responsible to keep their children engaged since daycares and summer activities are all closed due to COVID- 19 (MedicalXpress). The list of activities below can serve as a guide for parents and children to keep themselves engaged over summer.

Activity 1: Promote foundational learning (especially in younger children). Younger children especially those who go to pre-school and attend daycare rely on those places for their brain growth. They learn about basic skills like recognizing letters and numbers which are important for their academic growth. In order to continue the brain growth, parents should engage them in activities such as board games or play a counting game that helps them refresh their memory and what they have already learned. Parents could also play videos from YouTube like the alphabet song or some educational cartoons that have catchy jingles in them. Young children respond well to jingles and tend to learn better that way. They should also engage them in games that develop their motor and cognitive skill. They can play games such as solving a puzzle, using Lego’s and building a model house or other games that will promote positive brain growth.

Activity 2: Staying active (for all ages). As I mentioned earlier, July is one of the hottest months of the year and it can be used to enjoy nature and all of its beautiful perks. Something I like to do a lot is to go on a walk or a jog around my neighborhood. Since the temperature outside is warmer than usual, our body tends to produce more sweat and, in the process, we burn more calories which helps us stay fit. Another activity that we can participate in is swimming. Swimming burns a lot of calories and is a fun and relaxing method to stay healthy. It is something that can be done with the whole family and can be a great bonding exercise too. My personal favorite is to work out by using weights. Weight lifting can be a lot of fun and is a great way to work towards a healthy and self-fulfilling image of yourself. Some other activities that help burn a lot of calories are: Riding a bike, trekking and running on a treadmill amongst others. It is always important to warm up before engaging in any of these activities and it is important to stay hydrated while working out.

Activity 3: Reading (for all ages). As we have been home for about 5 months this is the perfect time to catch up on some of the must reads. Reading can be a relaxing and learning activity. It helps our brain learn more and sharpens our vocabulary. With everything going on in the nation right now, we can also use our time to learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement and read some books about the movement and everything around it.

Some educational books are:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (BLM)