Let’s all enjoy this summer!



Let’s all enjoy this summer!

Every year, we all look forward to this: the summer holidays! A period in which children and parents spend a lot of time together: fun! At the same time, I hear many parents in the schoolyard saying ‘That means six long weeks!’ Play dates are made, the availability of various (indoor) playgrounds and other outings are checked and then let’s just hope that everything will be alright... How can you get through the summer holidays together as a family in a relaxed way? In this blog, we’ll give you some tips.

Out of the ordinary

In the summer holidays, things often go just a little bit differently than usual. Because it's holiday time, the familiar structure for children ceases: going to school - out-of-school care - eating - showering - sleeping. When there’s structure, children know what’s going to happen. Many children like this predictability. Adults too, by the way.

I enjoy having my daughters aged 7, 5 and 3 more around during the holidays. But, I also find it hard work sometimes. More glasses of milk are spilled and during the day there are more arguments about things like ‘I had this pencil first!’ That's why I'm more occupied with them, while I’d also like to do my own things, doing a quick vacuuming or reading the newspaper for ten minutes...

The home situation

Of course you are actively engaged with your children during the holidays, but you also have to clean and cook, and the groceries don't come by themselves. Your children may much more differ in age than the children they play with in the group, for example. A baby has totally different needs than his six-year-old brother. A three-year-old toddler also wants to play outside with his sister who is eight, but is not yet able to anticipate the traffic in the street. How can you ensure that all those needs, including yours, come together? I'll give you two tips.

1. Provide as much predictability as possible

Tell your kids what you're going to do that morning or afternoon. Overseeing a whole day is still too big for young children. At Bink we use day rhythm cards at the playgroup centres, so children can also see what's going to happen. For example: eating fruit, playing, going outdoors. Day rhythm cards can also be used at home. At Bink's childcare centres, we work with Doenkids' day rhythm cards. You can also order these yourself, if you wish. It's fun to pin them up somewhere in your home together. Discuss possible changes: ‘Are we going to eat some fruit first or are we going to the playground now?’

You can also put ‘Self-play Time’ on these cards, which means that your children then have to play on their own. The older the children are, the longer they can deal with delayed attention. Be as clear as possible: ten minutes is quite a long time for a child. Setting an alarm clock can help. You can also name when you’ll be available for them again. If you say: ‘l'll be right there’, a child won’t know when ‘right there’ is. ‘After I've put the dishes into dishwasher, I'm going to read a book with you’ will give more clarity.

2. Stimulate your children's own creativity

Creativity is the ability of children to independently come up with an idea or a solution. At Bink we stimulate this by, among other things, making use of so-called 'loose parts'. Loose parts are objects that children can use in their play in endless ways, while fantasy and creativity are stimulated. Loose parts can be branches, leaves, sand, but also empty egg cartons, wool threads or clothes pegs. You can also use these at home.

Children will decide themselves what they are going to do with the materials. Start small with two or three materials, empty margarine tins and corks, for instance. An 18-month-old child will do something different with them than an 8-year-old. The young child may try to stack the containers, for example, while older children may try to move the containers further away and throw the corks in them. Or they might ask for paint, glue and paper, so they can use the corks to stamp the trays. Any idea is just fine.

Let your children mess around and observe what they’re doing. Ideas will undoubtedly come up. The fact that you’re at home to support and encourage them to carry out those ideas is more than enough for them. And if they get bored every now and then? Then just realise that all these activities will make them very creative, which is beneficial for the development of the brain.

Summer holidays at Bink

At Bink we’re also busy preparing for the summer. At Bink's out-of-school locations, again great holiday activities are awaiting the children. The group room, activities and the pedagogical staff members are completely focused on the needs of the children during the holidays. It will go more or less like this:

In the morning, during the joint time around the table, the pedagogical staff will inform the children what they can do that day. This could be a trip to the playground, but also carpentry in the carpentry shed or a workshop in clowning, so children will know in advance where they stand. They can then decide for themselves whether they want to participate.

If they prefer to play in the playing corner or do some crafts in the studio, that's also possible of course. The pedagogical staff member will support the children by preparing the materials in such a way that the children can just go ahead. He or she will first let the children do their own things; they will have time to come up with their own ideas and carry them out. Sometimes the staff member will play along for a while or will come up with an idea to expand the game or craftwork.

Curious about our summer programme?

At Bink we’ve planned all kinds of fun and stimulating activities for this summer. Are you curious about what we're going to do? Keep an eye on our social media! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, for example.

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