Summer, for a child, means, above all, freedom. Freedom from school, from afternoon commitments, freedom to run and play outdoors. To transgress, from time to time, the rules given. Here is a list of 12 things that, in our opinion, the little ones should experience in these summer months.
by Alessia Altavilla
Summer is or should be a time of freedom for children, forced during the year to accept often stressful rhythms, restrictive rules, heavy commitments.
Allow them to transgress the routine and rules imposed by winter, let them discover the world for once starting from their assumptions and not ours, loosen the reins to realize what it really means to give free rein to the imagination and to understand that after all, your children can be trusted, it can be an instructive lesson for everyone, young and old.
Here, then, are 10 things that the little ones can do this summer that only apparently compromise their health, their education, the control that their parents exercise over them.
- Eat a giant slice of watermelon in bites, letting the juice run all over your body, face, arms, hands … and then wash yourself with a nice dip in the sea. Spit the seeds by playing the game “hit the target!”
- Playing with the waves and giant breakers imagining you are on a California beach.
- Lazing around in a sunny courtyard or garden at two in the afternoon licking an almost completely melted ice cream.
- Have a feast of berries harvested while walking in the mountains and return home with a stomach ache.
- Build the biggest marble track ever and set up a challenge that lasts all afternoon.
- On August 15, bathe at night, shivering with cold when leaving the water but laughing like crazy at the experience.
- Organize a market of used toys, books and stickers on the seafront and use the money earned to buy an ice cream or a piece of pizza.
- Listening to a storyteller who tells a fairy tale in the square to discover that ipads and tablets are not the only copyright holders on fairy tales.
- Find a shell on the beach and sit for now and listen to “the sea” that speaks inside.
- Sleep at least one night in a tent with your brother / sister or best friend / friend. Laughing like crazy in the sleeping bag and playing casting shadows with a flashlight on the surface of the tent.
- Cross the splashes of water caused by a garden watering can. Bathe in a city fountain.
- Use a field sunflower as a yardstick to calculate your height.
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