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Summertime, kids, and picnics are meant to go together. Having a picnic doesn’t have to be reserved
for a day out at the beach or park. Kids love to eat outside, especially if it means they
don’t have to stop playing to come inside and get cleaned up.

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Scavenger Hunts

A scavenger hunt is a fun way to keep little hands busy. It can be pre-planned or spur of
the moment, either way it will still be great fun. This is a great activity for children of all
ages, for younger children make it simple and tell them exactly what they are looking for.
If you are playing with older children, give them hints and see if they can guess and find
what they are supposed to be looking for.

The best type of scavenger hunt is a nature one that can be played in your backyard or in
the park. This will lessen the chances of children picking up garbage and having to leave
your supervision to do their hunting. A good rule of thumb for nature scavenger hunts is
to incorporate a lesson for the kids and have them find items already on the ground so
they can be gentle to nature. Some examples of nature scavenger hunt items are:

* A special color or shaped leaf
* A flower – specify color or type
* Rocks – size, shape, or color
* Ladybug, ant, or a worm
* Moss
* Pinecone
* Anything of a certain color

With some pre-planning and a trip to the dollar store you can have a scavenger hunt with
any theme you can think of. Turn it into a secret agent mission and hide clues that they
have to find or make it a treasure hunt and hide chocolate gold coins that they have to
hunt for. This is an activity that can take at least an hour or more. If you have older
children and know your neighbors quite well, you can include items that they can knock
on doors to find – a penny from a certain year, a cinnamon stick, an unmatched sock –
have fun with it.

 

The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall. There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This is dependent as well on your location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year.

Based on temperature, the seven warmest months of the year are:
- from March to October; the winter monsoon brings cooler air
- from November to February
- May is the warmest month
- January, the coolest

Climate types
There are four recognized climate types in the Philippines, and they are based on the distribution of rainfall (See the Philippine Climate Map). They are described as follows:

Type I. Two pronounced season: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Type II. No dry season with a pronounced rainfall from November to January.
Type III. Seasons are not very pronounced, relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year.
Type IV. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.

Humidity
Relative humidity is high in the Philippines. A high amount of moisture or vapor in the air makes hot temperatures feel hotter. This quantity of moisture is due to different factors - the extraordinary evaporation from the seas that surrounds the country on all sides, to the different prevailing winds in the different seasons of the year, and finally, to the abundant rains so common in a tropical country. The first may be considered as general causes of the great humidity, which is generally observed in all the islands throughout the year. The last two may influence the different degree of humidity for the different months of the year and for the different regions of the Archipelago.



Activities for All Ages

If you have children that are not very close in age or run a daycare with a wide range of ages it can be tricky to plan activities that will engage everyone. But it is not impossible. There are activities that can be planned that everyone can participate in at their own level or ones where the older children can help the younger. Don’t despair about the age gap or feel that you need to plan something different for everyone. Follow the tips below as a guide or starting point to including everyone in your summertime activities. Activities for All Ages


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