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Summer is in full swing, but believe it or not, back to school is not that far away. In fact many areas have only a month to go (if not less) before it is back to the books. (You can get a free back to school countdown HERE) With school soon upon us it is important we make sure our children are still using the knowledge from the year before, and possibly gaining some new knowledge- all while having fun. Today I want to share with you 7 simple ways to have an educational summer, while still having fun.
Now, I know there are some great camps out there (expensive), and there is always summer school, but I want to give you some fun ways to help your kids learn that can easily be snuck into your summer so they still feel like their summer was jam packed with fun. This way they won’t look back on summer as fun and probably won’t even realize the educational value of all the activities they did.
- Teach them how to cook. Cooking is a great way to keep kids using their minds. Especially if it involves doubling or halving a recipe. This is a great life skill as well. Younger kids can learn how to make simple items like quesadillas while older children could make pancakes, or even salsa or jam. There are plenty of great recipes out there. You could even let them go to the library and pick out a cook book with recipes they want to try.
- Scavenger hunts. Scavenger hunts are a great way to help kids learn about nature and science. A scavenger hunt can be tailored to your children’s age as well. Younger kids can look for simple items like a rock, a flower, a tree. Older children can be sent looking for specific species of plants, different types of clouds in the sky, or even specific bugs.
- Visit Museums and Aquariums. There are some great museums and aquariums that you can visit either at home, or maybe while on vacation. Not only are these fun day activities, they can be super educational for kids. Learning about how the things we use everyday work at a science museum, or the difference between mammals and reptiles at a zoo…whatever it is, these simple lessons help stimulate kids minds and are also fun.
- Have a garage sale. Teach children about money and also hard work in one weekend (or more likely a week). Have them help find items to sell, clean them, price them, set up the sale, and even man the register for a while. Be sure to give them a little incentive for their hard work (money). You could even let them set up a lemonade stand or bake sale at the garage sale.
- Let them help plan vacation. From mapping out your route (geography) to helping choose activities (time and money management) let them help with the planning and not only keep them learning, but help them get excited and appreciate the vacation more. We have found the Goof appreciates vacations he helps plan a whole lot more.
- Give kids some spending money. On vacation or at home, give your kids some spending money. Let them do some budgeting and some math when it comes deciding what to spend it on and how much they can buy. They will have fun spending the money, but they will have to use their minds to keep track of how much they have and what they can afford, especially when buying multiple items or working with sales tax.
- Join a summer reading program. Most local libraries have summer reading programs. Not only does this encourage kids to read, but it also usually comes with some great prizes. Talk about motivation to keep reading during the summer. To find out about reading programs in your area, visit your local public library. For other free summer programs CLICK HERE.
Hopefully these activities help your kids have a fun and educational summer keeping their minds sharp for back to school. Do you have anything fun and educational you like to do with your kids during summer break?