Ninety Ways to Enjoy This Summer Break with Your Preschooler

    The Comfort, Play & Teach(TM) Summer Activity Guide at Offers Parents & Kids Nine Weeks of Family Fun

    TORONTO, June 21 /CNW/ - The summer has arrived with the longest day of
the year today. With school summer break just days away, most preschoolers
will also get a chance to spend more time with their parents and family. It's
the perfect time for parents to start thinking about how they will keep their
youngsters happy, entertained and occupied. Invest in Kids, a national charity
supporting the healthy development of children under five, has released the
Comfort, Play & Teach(TM) Summer Activity Guide to help families with young
children plan their time together throughout the nine weeks of summer break.
    "Summertime is a great opportunity for parents and children to spend some
quality time together. As with any break or holiday, it's important to pace
ourselves, to maintain a healthy balance, so that neither the parents nor the
kids feel overwhelmed with too much of the same thing, or bored with not
enough things to do," says Chaya Kulkarni, child development and parenting
expert at Invest in Kids.
    And, to achieve that balance for both the parents and the kids, Invest in
Kids' Comfort, Play & Teach(TM) Summer Activity Guide offers ninety activities
that families can mix and match to create their very own calendar of summer
break fun, appropriate to the age of their child and to their own situation.
Here are several tips for parents on how to pace themselves and their kids
through the summer and how the Comfort, Play & Teach(TM) Summer Activity Guide
will help them do that:

    Summer schedule and routines

    The schedule during breaks and holidays may be a little different, but
children still need to have their routines. Maintaining a regular bedtime,
mealtime and activity schedule is important during the summer as during any
other time of the year. This way, children are better prepared for what to
expect and have an easier time dealing with a later transition to their fall
    The Comfort, Play & Teach(TM) Summer Activity Guide offers parents a
range of activities to choose from, whether it is for only an hour or spending
a day away from home: Crafts, Excursions, Reading, Websites, Videos/DVDs,
Cooking, Science & Nature, Music & Movement, Dramatic Play, and Games/Physical

    Outdoor vs. Indoor activities & Active vs. Quiet time

    With the beautiful weather most of the time, traveling, sightseeing,
excursions, nature walks and outdoor physical games seem like an easy and
natural thing to do. It's a great way for kids to explore new places, learn
new things, and meet new people. To escape the sun for a few hours, or on a
rainy summer afternoon, reading, watching an interesting DVD/video, listening
to the music or exploring a new website together, are all fun and educational
alternatives that both parents and kids will enjoy. Indoor activities are also
a simple way to schedule some downtime.

    Group vs. Individual activities

    Some parents worry that when their preschooler is spending more time at
home that he or she will miss out on socialization with other children of his
or her age. Whether indoors or outdoors, many activities parents will find in
the Comfort, Play & Teach(TM) Summer Activity Guide are easy to turn into
playgroups or play dates with your child's friends, babysitters, grandparents
and other family members.

    For a complete calendar of the Comfort, Play & Teach Summer Activities,
visit Parents and their preschoolers can select, download
and/or print activities they would like to do by this summer's themes:
Noticing Nature; Beating the Heat; Awesome Art Adventures; Fantastic Food;
Puppets, Rhymes and Story Time; Indoor/Outdoor Games Galore; Dazzling
Dinosaurs; and Spectacular Outer Space. For each theme, they will find ten
different types of activities, all based on the Invest in Kids' Comfort, Play
& Teach(TM): An Approach to Positive Parenting. This research-based framework
is built on everyday moments that are already part of a parent's daily routine
and shows the relationship between a parent's behaviour and a child's

    Invest in Kids is a national charity dedicated to helping parents become
the parents they want and need to be. By translating the science of parenting
and child development into engaging, easy-to-understand, relevant resources
for parents and professionals, Invest in Kids aims to strengthen the parenting
knowledge, skills and confidence of all those who touch the lives of our
youngest children to ensure the healthy social, emotional and intellectual
development of children from birth to age five. For additional information,

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: 1-877-583-5437 (KIDS) or (416)
977-1222; Lindsay Robertson, ext. 224, Communications Coordinator,; Rozvita Gabric, ext. 294, Communications Manager,

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