So now the heat has arrived with the rain, or has it? As we get ready to turn on the air conditioners, we also have to embrace the fact that the next month will be a lot of indoor activities. Long periods of time indoors can make a person start to get the good old cabin fever. I have two boys that are very active and we always need some new ideas as to what we can do with our children. I thought I would write this as a way to share some ideas as to what you can do and would also love to hear from you with some other new ideas.
Some things I like to do with the family is a good old minute to win it challenge series. Its a series of fun and entertaining games that are done under the time period of one minute. Some of my favourite minute to win challenges are the elephant march and also the ping pong ball shake it out challenge(see video below). Another fun thing to do is to make our own non toxic slime. We use corn flour, water and food coloring. All you have to do is mix it in a bowl or pan and you have hours of entertainment with the kids. Its messy but can easily be cleaned up. If you really want to get crazy you can let it dry and grind it into powder for a powder war once the rain clears up.
Here are some of my favourite indoor activities. I am always ready to hear about some other new and fun activities you do. Please send us a comment or an email as to what you like to do during this rainy season.
Enjoy the rainy season!
Picture yourself, you are 6-12 year old kid, tired, exhausted, hot and sticky. The past three days you have been putting yourself through some of the funnest yet exhausting activities for the first time. After all of that you have some time to relax and what do you want???? ICE CREAM!!! That`s right, at our last summer camp we made our own ice cream from scratch and it was such a big hit that we will do it again at our upcoming camp in Kimitsu, Chiba.
After preparing all the materials, milk, cream, sugar, salt, vanilla extract and ice in a bucket we closed it up After that we wrapped it in blankets and off we went. The kids got to take turns rolling and throwing it down the hill over and over until it thickened. The kids themselves came up with their own ideas what to do with it, such as downhill bowling, line jumps and shaking races. After all of that the kids had the best treat ever...their own ice cream. Not only did the kids have fun, but all the staff had a great time to making it. I never made my own ice cream before, but I have to say it was such a cool experience. I can`t wait to do it again this summer and have a little extra idea how to change it up. Watch the video and enjoy their experience.
Craig "ILO" Irish
As the summer gets closer we prepare for our Summer vacations. Whether its taking a family vacation or sending the kids away to camp. I used to go to camp for 2 weeks every summer at the YMCA camp in Canada. Every camp I gained something to make myself a better person. I still remember the names of the kids in my cabins and all the amazing friendships that were formed at Summer Camps. I still have flashbacks of those early morning polar bear dips in the lake, canoeing around the lake and setting up our camp, going on nature hikes and also the night talent shows in the dining hall… I LOVE AIR GUITAR!!! I am still in contact with some of the people that I spent my summers with at camp.
Fast forward 25 years and now I am in Japan putting on camps for kids and giving them the same experiences that I got to experience as a kid. The look of pure excitement and joy motivates me to keep going. I am always amazed at seeing kids come from all over and instantly forming friendships within minutes. Some kids come alone and some kids come with friends, but always the kids are not hesitating to speak and learning about their new friends from the beginning of camp. As we approach the new summer camp season I am getting excited to experience…
1) The kids experiencing new things each day away from home and coming back a more confident person.
2) The kids becoming more independent and willing to try new things without any fear.
3) The bonding between friends and newly formed friends and seeing them meet again at a camp to rekindle that spark.
4) Kids being able to let go of technology and go back the basics of outdoor play and not wanting to come back inside until its dark.
5) Their feeling of accomplishment when they overcome a new challenge. It really lifts everyone`s spirits, campers and camp counsellors
Our camps are a great way for the kids to hit the reset button and recharge their inner child batteries. At our camps we provide a natural English environment which is great for the kids to be exposed to. Whether they are beginners to English or completely fluent, we have programs that cater to all levels. We hope you can join us this Summer as we will be hitting the road to Otari, Nagano and Kimitsu, Chiba. Lets make this summer the best one yet.
Have a great day!
Craig “ILO” Irish