Summer is wonderful! A relaxed schedule, long days and family time all make for incredible memories. School seems far off but it will be here before we know it. By making a few plans and being strategic, you can make the summer educational while having fun. Here are a few ideas:
- Plan pretend play everyday – Play is a child’s work. Children of all age benefit educationally and socially from pretend play. Pretend play can be casual – play with stuffed animals, toy soldiers, dolls or a dollhouse – or very structured such as an activity like an Escape Room.
- Board or card games – Board games and card games foster cooperation, turn taking and good sportsmanship. Playing board games on a regular basis during the summer keeps children in the habit of structured activities while they are bonding with their family. Some of our favorites include: Candy Land, UNO, Monopoly, Clue and Apples to Apples.
- Educational Apps – If you need some down time, make your child’s screentime educational. There are many fun apps that will also build academic skills. I’ve written about many of these on my blog, www.yourapplady.com. A few of my favorites for math include: Todo Math, Hungry Guppy, Marble Math and Marble Math Jr and the Dragonbox apps.
- Cooking activities- Cook with your child and have fun while working on math, following directions and sequencing. There are some great resources with recipes and tips on the web. One is www.cookingwithkids.org. Another good one is www.thekidscookmonday.org. The app, Tasty by BuzzFeed, is available for iPhone and iPad. The app contains recipes with step by step videos to follow. The app also allows you to export the ingredients list for grocery shopping.
Have a great summer!