July 4, 1776, the US declared its independence from Britain. This is a birthday celebration of our nation and a perfect summer day for Tweens to show their independence and gain responsibility.
Tweens are people ages 8-13. This stage of life allows Tweens to develop an opinion, communicate ideas, practice or expand an interest, start a physical fitness routine, be responsible for organizing an activity, and learn how to earn money and budget. Of course everyday should include joy experiences with lots of fun, smiles, and laughter.
Plan a Biking Trip
The Tour de France is a 2,000 mile (3200 km) 21 day cycling race and it begins June 30, 2012. Get your Tween outdoors and excited about cycling. McGhie’s Ski Bike Board offers guided road bike tours (mountain bike tours too) (Figure 1). Located at 4035 S. Fort Apache,Las Vegas (702) 252-8077 contact to schedule, plan and organize a biking adventure.
Your Tween will be responsible for planning and budgeting. In addition, cycling is one of the easiest exercises. You need a bike, a route, safety gear, water, and confidence. Cycling builds strength, muscle tone, and stamina. Cycling burns through calories, promotes heart healthy activity, and reduces stress.
Volunteer Your Talents
Volunteering your time is a great way to celebrate the birth of democracy. Tweens can take an active role to determine the actions of Nevada. Do Something (www.dosomething.org) states your Tween will:
- Learn something about yourself
- Have fun
- Show your passion about a cause
- Explore career possibilities
- Be productive
- Learn new skills
- Help someone
- Develop your college application, in the future
- Feel good about yourself
- Be a caring and committed person in the community
The U.S. Vets are hosting the 4th of July Community BBQ. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve during our Fourth of July Celebration! 525 E. Bonanza Road, Las Vegas, 89101 (http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/org362136.jsp).
Host a Garage Sale
Tweens can communicate their plans to host a garage sale. A sale encourages Tweens to clean out their rooms and make money to earn or donate. Read about how one group was successful (Figure 2) and use a list to get ready.
Garage Sale List:
- Be prepared for people to arrive early.
- Design a print 10 posters with large print. Include the time, date, address.
- Mark every item with a price.
- Have a bank prepared with change and $1 and $5 bills.
- Organize your items and layout for neatness and presentation.
- Keep pets away.
- Be friendly.
- Provide patrons with full attention. No cell phone talking or hanging out with friends.
- Increase your cash flow by selling other items: e.g. bottled water.
- Accept only cash.
Figure 2 Read about One Group’s Success with a Garage Sale http://www.examiner.com/article/teens-learn-great-skills-hosting-garage-sales
Enjoy this 4th of July by encouraging your Tween to demonstrate his or her leadership skills and being an active citizen in your neighborhood and community.