Now that school is out for the summer, finding things to do for my kids is on top of my list. Since we’re not doing the camp thing, keeping them entertained during the summer is a job in itself.
When I was growing up, I didn’t do camp either. For my child who just finished Kindergarten, he is going to be hanging out and relaxing as much as possible. Since I work full time during the day, he will be with his little brother at their grandparent’s house most days, so keeping him busy is really important, since he’s so used to all the activities at school!
Keeping up with learning is important for keeping skills fresh during the summer, and I am determined to make it a summer filled with learning and fun. We don’t plan to do any traveling except a day trip here or there.
Here are some ways I plan to have my son keep up with learning through different activities during summer break!
Activity Workbooks Are Great For Continuous Learning
Activity workbooks help with the bridge between grades. Since my son is going into first grade, I got him a workbook that bridges between Kindergarten and First Grade. The book I got for him is called the Summer Bridge activity book. We actually did the Pre-K to Kindergarten Summer Bridge book last year, and it definitely helped him a lot. He was already able to read a bunch of sight words already. So, we’re doing it again as he goes into the First grade.
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Another activity book I found to be interesting was the Summer Brain Quest books, which looks like they include outdoor activities too. Overall, I think activity workbooks are great and I don’t think they are too overwhelming since they do a little bit each day. It will keep him busy for sure!
Summer Reading Can Be Fun With Incentives
Summer reading is also important to do during the summer. We plan to take bi-weekly trips to the library so he can read. At our public library there is a summer reading challenge that includes prizes for completing a certain amount of books. If you don’t have a library that is doing some sort of challenge during the summer, you can always create your own! Prizes can include getting ice cream, a new book or toy or extra time on the iPad. The point is really to keep reading during the summer break and keep it enjoyable.
Puzzles & Legos Can Be Challenging But Fun
Puzzles and Lego sets are not only good for thinking skills, but they are also challenging! My older son has loved puzzles since he was 2, so finding puzzles that are more than 48 pieces will be fun and challenging for him. It takes time to put a puzzle together depending on how many pieces, and when the puzzle is complete, it will give him a sense of completion and happiness.
He started building with Legos more lately, and we’ve gotten him the more advanced sets where you can build things like a boat, helicopter or car. I had gotten my oldest a Moana Ocean Voyage Lego set, and he has yet to build it, which will keep him busy during the summer for sure!
Getting Out Of The House Is A Must
Day field trips are great for getting the kids out of the house and learn a thing or two. As a working mom, these trips are done over the weekend. Planning is also another factor, as well as having the budget for it. Field trips to a museum, park, attraction or event are great ways for the kids to learn and experience something different than what they’re used to. If you’re in South Florida, you can find list of some things to do that are budget friendly too!
Screentime Is Fine, But With Limits
When it comes to entertainment, whether it is an iPad or TV, it’s okay, but having limits is really important. There has to be a limit to how long they should use it. Personally 30 minutes on the iPad is the max at a time, and 2-3 hours on the TV are our limits a day. Being on the iPad too long can cause cranky behavior – trust me, I know first hand!
What kind of learning during the summer do you plan to do for the kids? I would love to know any other ideas I haven’t covered too!
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