Eighty percent of my childhood memories come from just two months of the year - the long summer days. It's a time slow down, abandon routine, rejuvenate and revel in the freedom of longer days and warmer weather. In a technologically-savvy age where everything is available at the touch of a button, not only are children spending hours in front of a screen, but they are also losing the ability to learn through exploration and play. And because time seems to be increasingly in short supply we tend to over-organise. The result is they no longer learn from their mistakes. Prompted by Jonathan Brough's 'Project Edinburgh Festival', we have asked Heads and teachers for some suggestions of creative activities to nurture independent thought. As the saying goes, what we learn with pleasure we never forget.
By Anya Waddington
Plan a tea for the Queen
Magoo Giles, headmaster of Knightsbridge Prep recommends organising a tea party for HRH
The Match Box Challenge
The teachers at St Mary’s School, Cambridge recommend simple fun like fitting as many interesting things as you can into a match box.
A Walk along the South Bank
Simon Severino, Headmaster of Alleyn's recommends a walk along the historic South Bank
Build a Newspaper Bridge
The teachers at Marymount International School challenge you to build a bridge out of paper, newspaper and straws
Have a snail race or build a den
Titus Mills, Headmaster of Walhampton School shares his activity list to tick off this summer
Explore your own Hundred Acre Wood
Tim Butcher, Headmaster of Perrott Hill recommends getting outside and exploring the natural landscape around
Project Edinburgh Fringe
Hurlingham Head, Jonathan Brough, says a trip up north this summer is the best educational project.