So the question is, how do we make the activities educational, and yet fun enough that they still want to do them? Here's a collection of a few of the things we do every summer, and so far, they've been kiddo pleasers.
1.) Summer Bridge Workbooks.
2.) Writing letters and numbers in salt (or sugar).
3.) Tying a rag quilt.
At first glance, this may not seem like anything but an activity to keep little hands super busy (and out of trouble), and while that might actually be true, it's just a handy side effect. While your youngster is working on this quilt, they are learning fine motor skills, patterns, reading directions, and in some cases, sharing. Additionally, when the fine motor skills are fine tuned, it helps handwriting.
4.) Alphabet Cookies
5.) Kitchen sink science.
6.) Summer Reading Lists
Rory Gilmore Reading List - a list of all the books she read or mentioned reading during the series. It's a great place for any avid reader to start, and it definitely does not include anything that has to do with sparkling vampires or shirtless werewolves
7.) As long as we are talking movies....
My oldest daughter (14) and I are actually doing this one now. We read a book that is currently coming out in theatres as a movie. Book first, then movie. After watching it, we have a discussion - what was the same? What was different? If you were making the movie, what would you have done differently? Currently we are reading The Great Gatsby. Last winter it was Beautiful Creatures. You can even do this with movies and books that have been done previously - The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird, Les Miserables, Ramona and Beezus, The Secret Garden, A Little Princess....And if your child is too young to read on their own - read it to them! Tons of memories can be made this way.
That's just a few of the things we do around here. What do you do at your house to keep your kiddos interested in learning during the summer? I'd love to hear your thoughts!