Summer educational activities for kids do not have to be boring. And your child can stay engaged all summer long with these ideas!
Just because school is out for the summer doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. You can keep your child’s brain active while still having fun and enjoying their time off. Try these different activities to help maintain your child’s reading, writing, math and science skills!
Fun Summer Educational Activities for Kids For All Subjects
- Find reading material that peaks their interests – magazines on their favorite subject, books based on favorite movies or television shows or even comic books featuring their favorite characters.
- Allow reluctant readers to read books that they have read before.
- Set summer time reading goals – have your child track what they read and reward them for the number of books they read.
- Check with local bookstores and libraries to see if they host or run any reading programs during the summer.
- Have your child write in a journal each night at bedtime – creating a relaxing atmosphere for writing will help to associate writing with pleasant feelings.
- Create a summer scrapbook illustrating your child’s adventures and have your child write the captions for photos describing who is in them, where they are and what they are doing.
- Write and play and put on a production! Get your kids to write a script, design posters and draw tickets for a summertime performance.
- Use board games to help you child maintain their math and computational skills. Games such as Battleship, Connect Four and Checkers are great for reasoning and logic skills. Clue is perfect for problem-solving skills while Monopoly can help with counting and money skills.
- Practicing counting skills during road trips by playing games like “Count the Horses” or “Count the Red Cars.” Have you child keep a tally to see who has the highest number.
- Teach your child how things grow by having them help prepare and plant a vegetable garden – explain what plants need to grow (water, air, sunlight and nutrients). Pick a vegetable and see who can grow the largest.
- Make your own bubble solution (6 cups water, 1 cup dish soap, ½ cup glycerin) and experiment with different items as wands.
- Catch bugs and then research about them online.
- Create your own play-dough:
Stretchy: 1 cup conditioner, 2 cups cornstarch
Original: 2 cups flour, 1 cup water, ½ cup salt, 2 tbsp oil, food coloring
Scented: 2 cups flour, 1 cup water, ½ cup salt, 2 tbsp oil, 2 tbsp scented shower gel, food coloring
Music and Art Skills
- There are many free art and music games your child can play online like these.
- Explore music festivals and summer concerts.
Being educational doesn’t have to be boring – keep your child’s brain in tiptop shape this summer by incorporating fun and learning in your summertime activities!