If you think your little one is too little for day camp, think again. There are plenty of options out there for preschoolers, most of whom take to day-camp activities like minnows to water. Preschools, that cater to tots during the school year often run summer day camp for kids as young as 2 years old. And while it may seem early to be packing your barely-out-of-diapers darling off for the day (or even just the morning), you may not be aware of the following benefits of day camp for preschoolers:
A preview of preschool. If your child is scheduled to start “real” school in the fall, day camp will give him a taste of what’s to come, such as having a structured day, following classroom rules, and learning to organize his stuff (chances are there will be a designated place for him to put his backpack, lunch box and other belongings).
Separation preparation. Learning to make a break from Mom and Dad can be an invaluable benefit of day camp for a tot, especially since teachers make sure your child is safe and entertained, may be more relaxed about dealing with distraught kids than a preschool teacher who views facilitating separation as a “lesson.” (Of course, very few kids stay upset for more than a few minutes after being deposited at day camp or preschool. There’s way too much fun to be had!)
Souped-up social skills. Learning to interact with other children (including sharing and taking turns) can be a huge benefit of day camp, especially for a child who hasn’t yet had many opportunities to hang out with kids his age. Even if your pip-squeak has been attending nursery school or preschool during the winter, chances are he will encounter plenty of fresh little faces at summer camp. Instant new pals!
Bonus benefit for you. Whether you have a newborn, a career to tend to or a home to keep up, sending your tot to camp can provide you with the time and energy you’ll need to take care of business this summer. When your little camper comes home, you’ll be able to focus on him while he tells you all about his fun day.
children 2- 6 years old
Summer camp is important because it offers a structured opportunity for children to grow. Kids go from home to school to extracurricular, with each environment contributing to their development. Summer camp, then, is another unique venue for growth, allowing kids to become independent and self-confident, while socializing and making new friends, and even learning new skills.
Summer Camp Benefits
1. Camp Helps Kids Build a Unique Interest
2. Camp Reinvents and Eliminates Categories
3. Camp Allows for a Deep Dive Into New Skills
4. Camp Leads to a New Type of Friendship-Building
5. Camp Helps with Mental Stimulation & Physical Activity
7. Camp Allows for Confidence to be Reinforced by Success
8. Camp Leads to Creativity, Free of Judgement
9. Camp Builds All-Around Resilience
10. Camp Instills Appreciation and Gratitude