“Sneaky” Ways to Keep Kids Learning Once School Is out
Every year when school lets out for the summer students come in danger of losing some of the learning they earned throughout the school year. While kids deserve a break, it seems a shame to have them lose the benefit from all of the work that they’ve been doing since the fall.
What’s the solution? There are plenty of fun ways to keep the learning going even when school is out. We’ve listed 25 of them below.
- Go geocaching.
- Build elaborate sand castles.
- Go on nature walks. Ask kids to keep a journal to list or draw the things they see.
- Play “Outdoor restaurant” and be sure to total checks and calculate tax and tips.
- Do fun science experiments while at the beach or near water. Click here for examples
- Have kids dig a hole and write what they find.
- Go to a concert.
- Plan, practice, and perform an outdoor concert.
- Is it a rainy day? Maybe do some online research about physics at amusement parks.
- Build a cardboard box playhouse. Click here for examples
- Rainy day? Collect the rain? Measure it? Put drops under a toy microscope.
- Plan, plant and work in a garden. Click here for ideas to engage kids in gardening.
- Head to the zoo.
- Watch a butterfly grow.
- Hold a contest to see who can identify more species of birds, insects or other outdoor mammals.
- Keep score at a baseball or a softball game
- Use an online or hard copy map to navigate during a road trip
- Have kids plan a road trip – even a brief one – and list the background behind the places they’d like to see.
- Be sure to make regular time to read out loud together. Take advantage of the summer weather to read under a tree or in another beautiful outdoor space.
- Identify a handful of places kids can walk to from home. Have them practice using a compass to make a list of directions about how to get to each location.
- Create a picnic lunch with kids. Have them practice measuring, counting, and following directions as they help prepare the meal.
- Don’t count out the educational value in certain board games. Young kids will enjoy games like chutes and ladders or Candyland. Older kids may broaden their vocabulary with Scrabble or gain strategy skills by playing chess.
- Try a new performing arts hobby. They community may have a summer play that kids can be part of or there may be a chance for kids to join a singing group or begin to learn a new instrument.
- Watch TV with the sound off and have kids create a written story about what they think may be happening.
- Encourage kids to start a photo or writing book about what they did during the summer. Celebrate it just before they go back to school.