Start a Collection
Give the children an activity that can last the entire summer and maybe beyond. Starting
a collection is a good way to learn more about a topic and can be the start of a new
hobby. A good summertime activity is to begin a nature collection or book.
If your child is interested in a particular collecting genre it would be best to go with that
first (seashells, stamps, hockey cards, etc.) but if they don’t and you want to introduce
them to the world of collecting here are some easy suggestions.
But them a scrapbook or make one with acid free paper and encourage them to find
things outside that are a part of nature that can be added to their nature collection. They
may decide to fill the entire book with different kinds of leaves or the same type of leaf in
different shapes and color variations.
Another option is to start a pressed flower collection. This does take time to let the
flowers dry out in a flower press or a heavy book. The heavier the book or the tighter the
flower press the quicker the flowers will dry out and retain more of their original color.
Once a child begins collecting and getting the hang of it you may be surprised by how
focused and enthusiastic they become about it. This should be encouraged, take them to
the library to learn more about collecting or the items they are collecting. If they are
interested in collecting an item that are of high-value try starting out at the smaller (and
cheaper) end of the scale. As their interest grows so can the value of items they collect.
It will make gift buying easy for relatives and friends too if they know your child has a
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
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.
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.