When you’re boating with kids, you’re bound to hear some complaints from their side because they can only enjoy so much before getting bored eventually. However, there are ways you can bring an element of non-stop productive fun for them when you’ve got the perfect tips and tricks up your sleeve.
Read on for the simplest and age-appropriate ideas to bring learning and fun onboard for the kids, especially when you’re planning on taking them lots of boating trips with you during the summer holidays:
1- Teach Them to Tie Simple Knots
As soon as your child can tie their shoes, they’re more than ready to tie a bowline as well. Since the internet is filled with fun illustrations and videos that encourage kids to master the different knots, it’s easy to get them interested in this activity.
Once they learn how to tie a bowline, you can move on to the square knot, the clove hitch, and so on. However, we suggest not pressuring them and keeping these lessons fun rather than focusing on productivity solely.
2- Enlighten Them with the Driving Rules of the Waterway
There’s no age limit when it comes to learning the rules of the road. Kids are usually far more interested in steering the boat than anything else, so you can jump-start on that and teach them the driving rules of the waterway in a still boat with no traffic around. You can create hypothetical situations for them and then teach them what should be done in that scenario.
However, considering that kids aren’t allowed to steer the wheel, you must keep the lesson theoretical rather than practical. As long as you keep these sessions fun for them, their mind will stay diverted instead of getting bored.
3- Plan Some Swimming Lessons
Swimming lessons are not only fun, but they’re especially an excellent idea to get your kids on board with the safety-first program. To begin with, you can teach them how to enter the water and get back on the boat properly. Once they master their in-and-out motions, you can get started with the swimming lessons to perfect their strokes. As a bonus, this fun activity will put them right to sleep by the end of the day.
4- Schedule for a Fun Time in the Galley
You can even involve your kids in the meal planning part of the boat trip and cook up some fun dishes in the galley together. Junior anglers can help you catch your meal while the kids can help with the provisioning. You can also look up some dishes you can safely cook with your child that don’t involve them potentially getting hurt.
5- Get Crafty with Them
Lastly, kids never say ‘no’ to getting crafty, especially when you plan to join them to get your art game on as well. This activity keeps them busy for long hours when you’re out on the water for a full-day boating trip.
You can bring learning and fun onboard for the kids with these five exciting ideas that are bound to get them interested and entertained on the water without getting them bored. Questions about EZ Dock? Surf through our website check out our options, or contact us at (800) 654-8168 for more information!