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  • Still a month to go before another school year starts! Have you run out of activities to do with your child? Aside from trips to beaches or enrolling in dance, art, music or sports classes, here are five activities to keep your child busy this summer. Don’t worry. They’re cool, practical and affordable ways to spend these hot, humid summer days. 

    Make fresh fruit ice candy. Instead of buying ice cream, try the healthier option of getting fresh fruits in season from the market or the grocery. Mango, watermelon, melon, banana and strawberries are some of the fruits that make oh-so-yummy ice candy. Simply mix the fruit in a blender with sugar (or honey), ice and maybe some milk (to your liking), and voila! Even your toddlers can try their hand at blending and pouring the mixture into plastic bags to freeze. For an environment-friendly alternative, pour your fruit mixture into ice cube molds and make them into flavored ice pops! 

    Play outdoor games. It is the best time to go out and play in your garden, your backyard, at the playground or at the park. Physical activities allow your child to expend their energy, develop their motor skills and interact with others. Learn different Filipino games such as Agawan Base, Luksong Tinik, Buwan-Buwan, Taguan, Piko, and a lot more. It will be a refreshing change from sitting in front of the TV or getting hooked on computer games all day.

    Have a garage sale. Clean out your closet with your child and encourage them to go through their own things to check which may be discarded (or brought to the junk shop) and which may be sold. You not only de-clutter and make more breathing space in your home, but you also impart the value of organization to your kids. It's also a great opportunity to teach them to be entrepreneurs!

    Take pictures and make postcards. Take advantage of the cooler temperature in the early mornings and late afternoons to take a walk or drive around with your child and look for interesting subjects for photos. Teach your child the basics of operating a point-and-shoot camera and let him create his own compositions. You may agree on a theme such as animals, plants, things along the road, or just about anything under the sun! Help them review their digital photos, give each one a title and print out your favorites. Let your child write a short note about the photo or what he did this summer and send it as a postcard to friends and relatives.

    Sky's the limit when you go out and get creative. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

    Have any other suggestions on what to do for the summer? Leave a comment.

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