Summer vacation is a chance for your child to relax and take a break from the stresses of the academic year. However, too much “doing nothing” can leave them at a disadvantage when school starts again in the fall. Beat summer brain drain with these fun activities to help keep your child’s brain active this summer.
1. While cooking may not seem academically beneficial, it serves several purposes. First, cooking helps children of all ages practice mathematics, measuring, and fractions. Cooking is also an important life skill that everyone needs; whether it is a few simple recipes or a complex family dish, learning how to cook can help your child be independent long after graduation. Lastly, cooking is a great way to spend time together as a family!
2. Redesign their room
3. Redesigning a bedroom doesn’t have to cost hundreds of dollars or involve buying all new furnishings. Instead, ask your child to think critically about how they need their bedroom to function. Do they need more space for play, an area for homework, a reading nook, or a computer desk? Next, have them consider which furniture they use the most, use the least, and how they could use their existing furniture or décor in new ways. Drawing plans or creating a collage of their dream room are additional ways to flex their creative muscles.
4. Take your child to work
5. If possible, try taking your child to work with you for a day. Not only will they learn more about your career, but they can also begin to better understand the concepts of responsibility and hard work. This can be especially beneficial for young children, many of whom do not yet understand the connection between working and making money. For older children, ask family and friends if your child can shadow them for a day; exposing them to a wide variety of jobs and careers can help them make decisions about classes, electives, and even potential college programs.
6. Visit the library.
7. Local libraries often offer a wealth of resources for children and families over the summer. In addition to several lifetime’s worth of books to read, many libraries offer summer reading programs, extension classes, day camps, and more.
8. Set up a science lab
9. Summer is a great excuse for fun, messy, outdoor science experiments. Whether you’re playing with homemade bubbles, drawing with homemade chalk, playing in water with a sink or float lab, or even making – and eating! – homemade ice cream, there are a number of ways to make learning seem more like play. This list from Fun-A-Day has several fun options that kids of all ages can enjoy!