4 Enjoyable Summer Learning Activities

It’s that time of the year again when learning and school and classes and homework all take a backseat and the kids are at their hyperactive best. In such times, here are four enjoyable summer learning activities that can help your little ones keep in touch with learning throughout the holidays.

You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a good book.

Image

Portrayal” by PublicDomainPictures is licensed under CC by 2.0

Researchers have found that a mere ten minutes reading time on a daily basis can do wonders for kids’ reading skills. You could begin with a short story time session before bed, with a colorful picture story book for young kids. Try making it interactive and engaging while reading the story out loud and it’ll be something your kids will look forward to every day.

We’re having a picnic & we would love for you to come. So put on some sunscreen & let’s have some fun.

The young generation today does not go out to play outdoors like we used to back in our childhood days. Let’s try changing it for the better. Head out for a picnic on a sunny day, armed with bats, balls, Frisbees and kites. Talk about nature while you are at it and turn it into a science lesson – why is the sun so hot? What makes the leaves and grass green? How do larvae grow into butterflies?

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.

True that. Try keeping a pet at home if you don’t already have one. Entrust your kids with the work of caring for them, which is a full-time job, instead of simply sitting indoors and playing pet games like these on their tablet to while away time on a holiday. What’s more, apart from learning to be responsible, children will learn life lessons from their pets. Dogs, the loyal companions that they are, love to play and prance around; hence the kids will always be up and about on their toes, fit and healthy. Cats love to have fun with toys as well – kids can help in clearing the clutter their pet cat creates and keep their room neat and clean.

Kids playing sports should be about learning the game they’re playing and having fun doing it.

The benefits of learning an outdoor game or a sport are innumerable – children learn how to work together in a team, what sportsmanship actually means on the field, hand-eye coordination and the like. While unstructured free play is a good way to begin with toddlers, older children would do well learning something akin to karate (keeps limbs and body agile apart from being a useful tool for self-defense), swimming (helps maintain a healthy heart and lungs) or even soccer (increases bone strength with all the sprinting involved). The idea is to have fun and spend time sweating it out with teammates.

Once these activities are a part of your kids’ summer holiday routine, they will be so busy that the summer will be over before you know it!

Happy National Doughnut Day

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy doughnuts. And that’s kind of the same thing.

Image

Donuts” by gsmphone is licensed under CC by 2.0

Folks, a very Happy National Doughnut Day to you! Today, that is the first Friday of June, has come to be dedicated to this extremely popular and scrumptious fried cake made of sweetened dough – an ideal snack small enough to be eaten on the go or for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. And yes, the doughnut is a special favorite of young kids.

An ideal game for the young preschoolers on this ‘doughnuty’ day could be this: Simply tie a length of rope between two trees that are adjacent and yet at a fairly small distance from each other. Get hold of as many doughnuts as kids and string them on the rope with the help of ribbons, such that they are left dangling at a height just out of the kids’ reach. The game is pretty simple – the kids have got to eat an entire doughnut, but without using their hands. It’s obvious that if there’s a delicious-looking golden brown doughnut topped with still-melting cheese or a gooey chocolatey one, it’ll not be long before it disappears. And the mess that follows will have the kids in raptures, no doubt.

By the way, legend has it that this item of confectionery was originally invented by a mother and son aboard a ship, when they were hungry. Thank God for that! 😀