Updated: Aug 22
As these past few months have been full of adjustment for most people, some of us are still unable to go back to their regular activities for many reasons. Having the same routine can also be quite exhausting, and you could find yourself easily trapped in front of screens and social media. If you are at home wondering what to do for your summer, we decided to come up with a couple of ideas on how to keep yourself busy. Here is a little list of a couple of things you could do to pass the days:
Reading: this one seems pretty obvious, and I am pretty sure you've heard it before. But how about trying some different genres? Whether it be dystopian fiction, history books, or autobiographies, you can discover a new genre of interest. Did you know that if you only like cartoons, you could also find a pretty interesting novel? Take a look at Scholastics to find your great next novel: https://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading.html If you are in high school, make a Goodreads account: https://www.goodreads.com
Cleaning: free time is an excellent opportunity to sort your old notes, organize them by subject, open and sort that drawer full of ''stuff'' you don't remember. I am sure we all have one :)
Writing: poetry, music, a novel, it could be anything. If you are passionate about one of these, it's your time to shine! And if you're not, find a subject and try writing on it, you could have a hidden talent.
Drawing & painting: It doesn't matter if you are not good at it. It's all about having fun. And if you have someone to draw with, it's even more fun. If you are in elementary school, take a look at https://www.jumpstart.com/parents/resources/art-resources for ideas to let your creativity shine! If you are older and looking for something new and exciting, take a look at https://theartofeducation.edu/2020/03/13/27-art-activities-and-lessons-to-try-at-home/ for unique ideas.
Learn a new language: I know we are trying to stay away from the screen, but spending 1 hour every day using online free tools to improve your French, Spanish or any other language is a good time investment! For older kids, Duolingo is an excellent resource for this: https://www.duolingo.com
Music: if you play an instrument, I have a challenge for you. Try and compose your first song! And don't forget, the importance is to have fun! For older kids, for inspiration take a look at https://www.artofcomposing.com/categories/video but if you're still in elementary take a look at https://www.classicsforkids.com/games/compose_your_own_music.php
Help out: it's an excellent time to help your parent with the cooking, gardening, etc. (if you don't do so already). Also, try some new recipes, show the little chef in you!
Improve: if you want to, it's an excellent time to try and understand that math theorem you couldn't figure out during class. And if you still don't, that's alright! Don't worry, for some of us, studying during the summer is harder than during the school semester.
Walk: if it is safe for you to do so, accompanied by an adult, go out, get some fresh air. Don't forget to respect social distancing and wear masks.
Relax: it is okay to take a break. It is normal not to do anything. When needed, lay down and take a nap. Listen to some music and rest. You don't have to be busy all day.
And that's it. We hope this list can give you ideas. If you try any of these, please let us know in the comments below! We would love to hear how it goes.
Happy Canada Day!!!!