Parents often long for a summer break at the same time as their
children. Some time to spend with them and catch up activities missed
out in the year past. Weekends go by in a flash and it feels like
you've managed to get in no time.
Before the summer is up,
take out the time to spend with your children. Take those vacation
days, even if you're only able to manage one at a time, and get in
some time with your children. It will be a refreshing change for both
parent and child, to get a mid-week treat when one or both of their
parents are home.
Spending time with your child doesn't
have to be limited to lazing in front of the television watching
hours of animated television go by. It can be more interactive and
meaningful than that, but that is in your hands. A wonderful way to
engage with your child while working towards a larger project is
preparing for a puppet show. You can span this activity over two days
or pull it together in one – that choice is yours.
are many different kinds of puppets you can make with your child.
Unleash your inner artist and give them a chance to see your creative
side as well, not limited to manic rushes to complete school projects
the evenings before they are due.
Sock puppets are an easy
way to re-use old socks which have either lost their twin or faded
and torn. You can use craft items easily found in the house such as
wool to make the hair, loose buttons stitched on to make the eyes and
markers to add touches of colour and facial features.
interesting puppet can be made by recycling old cardboard tubes –
the ones left over from toilet paper rolls and kitchen rolls. You can
decorate the tube roll to look like the body and add arms and legs
fashioned out of paper to attach to the roll.
these types of puppets can be used in a puppet show, which you can
perform along with your child. Make an evening out of it, inviting
over friends or family. The importance you grant to the day as well
as the appreciation you show to your child and their creativity go a
long way in boosting their sense of self-confidence.