School’s out! Do you have a plan for your kids this summer? If you don’t, you can end up with three months of boredom and way too much screen time. Here are some summer learning activities that can keep the kids engaged with their learning as they enter into the more laid back days of summer.
Create a Family Adventure Scrapbook
Are you enjoying some family adventures this summer? Creating a scrapbook of those adventures can actually be a great family learning activity. This incorporates artistic thinking, writing and spelling all in one family activity. Kids will be more engaged in the places you are visiting as they collect brochures and tidbits of information to use for the family adventures scrapbook.
Use a Learning App
Your kids want to be on their iPads or tablets, right? Why not use this to their advantage? Instead of endless hours of Angry Birds, have them plugged in to a learning app. Summer learning apps are designed for game-like play but with an educational goal in mind, and this can be a great compromise between your child’s desire for screen time and your desire for them to be learning.
Make Your Family Museum Trip More Memorable
Museums can be great places to get some summer learning in, but most parents are well aware of the fact that children can zone out on the learning quite quickly. Get them more engaged by creating a scavenger hunt with questions they can find the answers to at the museum. You can gather the ideas for these questions by visiting the website of your chosen museum. If your children are young, just have them look for items.
Iron Chef Competition
Cooking is an excellent learning experience, and you can turn it into a game by creating your own version of Iron Chef. Have your children plan a meal, and then see who can cook it and clean up well. Have awards to make it fun, but the main goal of this activity is to get kids learning in the kitchen.
In addition to these activities, consider enrolling your child in as summer learning camp. This provides a bit more structure in a fun, laid-back learning environment, so your children are engaged, learning and prepared well for the school year ahead.