5 Fun Educational Summer Activities
School's out but learning is always in!
School may be out for the summer, but that's no reason to stop learning! Soaking up the sun and splashing in the pool are great ways to enjoy summer, there are plenty of fun summer activities that can also be educational. Learning is a lifelong adventure, and there are so many ways to explore the world around us! Check out our list of things to do that will keep your kids’ brains active all summer long.
Make Pinecone Bird Feeders
A classic! First, gather up some pine cones, peanut butter, birdseed and string. Put together the birdfeeder with your children for a fun afternoon craft. Then, hang up your handiwork and try to identify all the new avian visitors that pass by. Grab some binoculars and start a log of the type of bird, time of day, and what the birds did to have a scientific record of your observations. Keep the Audubon Society's "Field Guide to North American Birds" handy for quick identification.
Go Geocaching / Treasure Hunting
Before "Pokemon Go" there was Geocaching! Geocaching is a great family activity where people use GPS coordinates to find treasures hidden by other geocaching participants from around the world. Replace what you find with a new treasure of your own. Geocaching teaches children navigational skills, creative thinking and problem solving. Plus, it’s a fun activity you can enjoy together this summer. For more information and to download the free geocaching app, visit the official Geocaching website.
Plant a Seed
There's something special about growing a big plant from a tiny little seed. Growing a plant from seed not only teaches children biology basics, but it helps build responsibility and fosters an appreciation for the natural world. Help your child fill a plastic cup or a miniature pot with soil and plant 2 or 3 seeds. Beans work very well, but sunflowers, tomatoes and herbs are also great choices. Lightly water the soil using a spray bottle and keep next to a window. Track the progress of the plant with your little one throughout the year, and transplant it in a bigger pot and/or your own garden when it's ready!
Build a Sundial
Learning to tell time is an important skill for kids to master. And while digital clocks are increasingly common, a sundial can help explain the basics of how humans have told time for centuries. To make a sundial, all you need is a paper plate, a straw and your favorite coloring supplies. Simply poke a hole in the center of the plate, and insert a straw for the dial. Secure the plate outside and track where the shadows fall throughout the day. Homemade sundials introduce children to the concept of time, while still allowing them to be creative and have fun.
Make Your Own Band
Music is fun, but it also is educational! Learning sound patterns and tones can be extremely beneficial to children. Make instruments with your little one using objects you find around the home. Pots, pans or coffee cans make the perfect drums, while bottles and toilet rolls are great for building maracas. Once you have all your instruments put together, form your own family band and play music all day long.
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