With summer here, a lot of moms complain that their kids always whining that they’re bored and that there’s nothing to do. Sometimes it’s too hot to play outside, other times they are tired of watching endless hours of TV. What to do?
How about learning something new? Something fun and different? There are lots of ways to do it and most of them cost next to nothing!
Aquariums, Discovery Museums, and Zoos
You can expose your little ones to culture…it’s easier than you think. Aquariums, museums, zoos, historical sites, and even cultural events like plays, operas, ballets, and concerts are all great ways to teach and entertain kids.
Another bonus? Because you are broadening their horizons, they might just find a new interest or hobby which leads to researching more about it on the computer or at the library!
Kids have the ability to access information and satisfy their curiosity instantly just by typing in a search query on the computer. Encourage the kids to search on the web for answers to their questions. They can also watch many how-to and informational videos on YouTube. Just make sure to monitor your children’s activities to keep them smart and safe, and set parental controls as necessary.
Maybe you are baking a batch of cookies for the kids. This is a perfect time to allow them to help. Not only will they learn how to bake, but you can also explain some of the educational principles (like math, science, and nutrition) behind the task.
Or what about out in the garden? Lots to be learned there! And as your child helps plants seeds or weeds along next to you, you can explain the growth cycle, the importance of eating homegrown fruits and veggies, and how it effects the environment long term.
Out and About
Whether you are out running errands, heading out on a day trip or maybe a week-long family vacation, there are so many things to teach your kids! Teach them about the area’s history, geography, and the diversity of cultures, traditions, and customs. Allow your child to use your smart phone to do a Google search if you have no idea. Better yet, check out a book at the library beforehand and have your child read aloud!
While watching TV the other day, my son heard the word “chameleon” and wanted to know what one looked like. Sure we could’ve hopped on the computer and found thousands of pictures, but it was a nice day outside and time for us all to get out. So we headed to our local public library to look for some books. Not only did we find books on lizards, he was also interested in books on other animals. It kept him busy for an hour, and he even got his first library card!
How do you keep your kids learning during the summer time?