Summer is quickly approaching. Even if you don’t school year round, most likely you do want to keep your children excited about learning. How will you do that when your school year ends?
By the time summer approaches most children and even moms for that matter are ready for a little break from our daily school routines. The key to keep our children excited about learning is to make it fun. Here are some ways you can have fun with your children this summer while keeping their love for learning alive.
Fun Summer Learning Experiences for All Ages:
1) Summer Reading Program
Most local libraries offer a summer reading program for all ages. Incentives are usually awarded for reading for so many minutes or completing a certain number of books.
Many summer reading programs also offer various activities each week as well. We have been to puppet shows, sing-alongs, magic shows, and even played Minecraft. Be sure to take advantage of your library’s summer reading program; it’s a wonderful free resource.
3) Homemade Lemonade
Make lemonade together. It’s a great way to practice measuring. Plus it’s a refreshing treat to enjoy with each other.
Make homemade popsicles. There are so many different combinations you can come up with. Let your children create their own special popsicle recipes.
5) Board Games
Not only are board games a wonderful way to spend quality time together, but they are great for building cognitive skills too. Many games also reinforce math and language skills, as well.
These are some great choices:
- Ticket to Ride (Ages 8 & up)
- Battleship (Ages 7 & up)
- Sorry (Ages 6 & up)
- Monopoly (Ages 8 & up)
- Catan (Suggested ages are 10 & up, but most 8 and 9 year-olds could play with assistance.)
6) Nature Walks
Get outdoors and explore. Nature walks are a fantastic way to gently include science in your summer fun. Make them even more exciting with a scavenger hunt.
7) Visit Local Tourist Attractions
Utilize the learning opportunities all around you. Often times we live close to places others travel to see, but we don’t make them a priority to visit because they are right here.
Many museums and national parks offer special events during the summer months too.
8) Science Experiments
Sometimes during the busy school year it can be hard to squeeze in experiments. When the schedule slows down some for the summer, play around with a variety of science experiments.
9) Try a Different Park Each Week
Stay developing gross motor skills over the summer by simply playing at the park. Keep it exciting by trying a different park each week. Invite friends to make it even more fun for everyone.
10) Paint Rocks
Your children will enjoy using their creativity painting rocks. After the rocks dry spray some clear coat paint over them. Then have your children place them somewhere in your yard or on a walk in your neighborhood to be discovered by others.
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