This is a fun task you can give your kids that not only gets them involved in a fun, creative, and interactive task, but it also gives you a peak into their personalities. Just like adults, children's interest in music reflects how they see the world, the emotions they are feeling and/or want to feel, and the types of activities they like to partake in. Show them safe ways to find music and make playlists online, and this can also improve their technological skills, which is always a plus.
Take dance lessons
One of the most entertaining and kid-friendly activities that relates to music is dance, because unless you're trying to be a professional, there really aren't many rules to dancing except for having fun. Most major cities have dance studios that have dance classes everyday, and many of them have group dance classes for children as well. So whether your child wants to build up their dancing chops, or just wants to have fun with their friends, group dance classes are a wonderful way to get them into music and into some health physical activity as well.
Throw a BBQ dance party
A great idea for incorporating music into your summer activities is to start including various music selections to your next backyard BBQ parties. Since BBQ's are a staple summer activity for most families already, this can be just as fun for adults as it is for kids. Take your party planning a step further and make it a theme party, like strictly pop songs, 80's throwback, or salsa night. Not only will it bring some added personality to the BBQ parties, it'll help the kids have something to do instead of the same old.
Learn an instrument
Just like when learning languages, the best time in life to start learning a new instrument is during childhood. Not that you can't learn an instrument perfectly well as an adult, but children typically have a much more agile mind that is able to absorb more information faster on average than an adult mind. So in the summer months when school is out and the kids have so much newfound free time, is an ideal time to get introduced to a new instrument to see if they like it. Most popular "cool" instruments like the drums, guitar, or a ukelele, are great to play outdoors too and who knows, maybe your kids can start a band!
When school lets out in the summer, it's a time of sheer joy and excitement for kids. And although it's certainly also a fun time for adults, there's always the issue of being able to keep the kids entertained throughout the summer months without going insane (or broke). Trying out some of the tips above can hopefully lighten that load and maximize your summer relaxation, while keeping your kids happy, safe, and preoccupied.
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