Summer Learning for Kids: 3 Fun Ideas

Families, Parenting

School is about to be on break, so you know what that means – lots of excess energy! With summer fast approaching and vacation planning starting for those who can, that doesn’t mean that summer learning can’t happen too. They are lots of fun ways to teach your kids new skills all summer long, all while getting out a lot of that extra energy, too!

Our children do a great deal of social summer learning, from navigating a possible bully at the pool to making friends at the park or the zoo. It’s a time for outdoor engagement and exploring nature. These types of summer learning are crucial to our children’s growth, but there’s no reason they can’t also weave in more traditional types of learning with summer activities.

3 Ideas for Summer Learning

1. Turn Books into a Game

Take a trip to your local library or bookstore and buy several books appropriate for your child’s age. For every book that your child reads and tells you about, then they get to pick a special summertime activity such as the zoo, the science museum, or a trip to the lake. Or you can trade reading books for a favorite ice cream treat or new kite to fly.

You can also make a board that tracks how many books your kids read and once they hit goals that you set, they get a prize. This is a great way to add a little extra motivation and it lets them see their summer learning progress easily.

2. Bring Math into the Kitchen

Have your child help you find a fun recipe, and have them do fractions as you bake. For example, if the recipe calls for 2 cups of flour, make them add fractions of cups (1/3 or ½ cup) to get the right amount.

3. Pools Aren’t Just for Swimming

Think physics fun! For those with older children, you can bring a bag of different items to your pool (check that none are prohibited first) and talk about density. What floats, what sinks, and why? Make a game of having them guess what items will sink with small rewards like a trip to the diving board. You can also talk about volume and have your child observe the change in water level as people get in and out of the pool.

Although these activities might seem small, they can help reinforce facts your child learned in school and keep the summer learning spirit alive, making the transition back to desks in the fall a little bit easier.

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