When you’re a kid, there’s nothing like the freedom of summer vacation. Three whole months of countless opportunities to simply have fun — biking, swimming, and sleeping in. Unfortunately, it’s also a time for kids to slide into a summer brain slump. American students lose about two months of learning over a summer, according to the National Summer Learning Association. That’s 20% of what was learned throughout the whole school year. (Gulp!) If you want your kids to stay sharp and engaged, here are some fun things you can do to keep their minds in shape.
We love learning games and workbooks, and they’re actually really fun! Just set a time (or two) each week to work on activities together. Then reward your kids with smarter treats, like Surf Sweets organic candy.
We use math every day without even realizing it. Next time you go grocery shopping, ask your kids to compare different sized products and determine which one is the better value. (Sweet Tip: This exercise is best for ages 10 and up.)
Learning doesn’t have to be confined to the classroom, so take your kids someplace fun, like your local science museum or history center. Many offer special summer exhibits, so your kids will never know they’re actually exercising their minds.
Read Out Loud
If you have younger kids, take time each week to read out loud together. (Sweet Tip: Pick books that are part of series so your kids will be excited to keep reading and see “what happens next.”)
Kids in the Kitchen
Baking is a great way to learn real-life reading and math skills. Look through different recipes together or focus on how to measure ingredients. Better yet, this activity comes with a built-in reward: treats from the oven!
I’m Bored List
No matter how many activities you have planned, you’ll undoubtedly hear, “Mom, I’m bored.” Ask your kids to sit down and create a mom-approved list of things they’d like to do. That way, when boredom strikes, you’ll have lots of fun learning opportunities at your disposal.