Let children be children again.
I was lucky. I was able to burn off thoughts of school each summer. I played baseball on the streets and fast-pitch against a factory wall; ran relay races; played ring-a-levio, tag, and checkers; roller skated and pitched pennies on sidewalks; rode my bike everywhere; and cooled off under a canopy of water bursting from a Chicago fire hydrant saddled with old tires and two-by-fours on hot summer nights throughout the summer and without a care in the world.
For many children during the 1950's, most everything they did was spontaneous and without parental involvement! And though that was a long time ago, I believe today’s children also need a break from those things commonly associated with school, such as “projects, brain teasers and books…”
So what advice would I give to parents? Tell them to turn off their televisions, curtail their children’s (and their own) use of iPhones, computers and computer video games and allow kids to explore and discover perspicacity, imagination, responsibility, self-reliance, cooperation and competition on their own (and not in a desk chair). Tell them they don't have to plan their children's days. Tell them to let their children rest when they're tired, and that it is okay for them to be bored and do nothing.
For parents who desire “educational engagements” with their children, take them to libraries, museums, zoos, parks, beaches, concerts and plays. Share these experiences and reflections with them, but don't overdo it. Let them play on their own. Accordingly, it’s quite possible their children just might grow up to become life-long learners and self-sufficient.