Turn screen time into learning time- with this app it’s learning about fractions through a motion activated app game. Motion meaning tilting or moving the device to play the game. To quote:
Movement awakens and activates our mental capacities. Movement integrates and anchors new information and experience into our neural networks. Moving while learning increases learning.
Motion Math HD – Fractions.
So get some summer math in with a fun game on your smartphone or tablet. Beats killing aliens!
An interesting take on the ‘other’ takeaways from sharing sports with our children. It’s not all about athletic prowess or even about learning a game that can be enjoyed for years or a lifetime and shared with others. There’s way more to be gained from learning a sport than just learning the sport. You’ll be surprised how much there is to be gained- check it out:
Bellyitch: 10 Sports a dad should teach his son (or daughter).
If nothing else, and there IS a lot more, Dads sharing a sport with their child or children opens up a whole realm of possible interactions and communications between them that shouldn’t be missed.
This is the PERFECT answer to this summer’s “I’m Bored” complaint. They’ll be off hunting for a good long time, and the young ones will be reinforcing their alphabet skills in the process. Older kids will just enjoy the hunt. I particularly like this for outdoors- it’s harder.
Alphabet Scavenger Hunt | Best Activities for Kids.
Do be sure to set some rules– i.e. no picking the neighbors flowers, no crossing the street, etc.
Having a birthday party in the park or some other outside venue? This would be a good party activity PROVIDED you set limits on where they can go. Send them off in teams to keep them together. Give them a time limit, tell them they WON’T be able to get every letter but the team that gets the most will be the winner.
5 reading apps your kids will enjoy doing– so no arguments about doing ‘work’ over the summer. Combining reading with a game challenge works like a charm to get them into it.
5 MORE Innovative Ways to Prevent Summer Slide
These apps cover a range of ages and ability levels, so you’ll find something here for your reader.
Your birthday child can pitch in on their party prep by making these TP tube favor boxes– and have fun doing it too!
Recycled Pillow Box Favors | Skip To My Lou
All these take are the TP tubes, paint and decorations such as stickers or more paint, and spray gloss once the decorations are done. Fill with your party favor hand-outs. The kids will be wanting to know how to make these nifty little containers.
A different kind of painting that your older elementary school age child or tween may enjoy. The negative images can be animals as you see or anything they fancy, cut from a magazine or found online and printed on card stock.
DIY: Watercolor Silhouette | Pretty Prudent.
They’ll enjoy the challenge of getting their watercolor paint to spread in interesting and attractive ways on the wet ‘canvas’ (watercolor paper) to make the backdrop for the silhouette.
Even if your child isn’t going to be the next Rembrandt, exploring new art forms is an exercise in creativity and right brain thinking, both skills all kids needs to develop.
Some insights here into how our kids brains’ process learning new skills – and tips to help the process along.
A Child’s brain as they learn new skill.
It’s amazing how the brain functions much like a muscle– repetition creates strength, size, ease of doing.
But the BIG message here is that in order to learn new skills, kids NEED to learn to fail and it is an important part of the process of learning. They need to learn to fail EARLY, not later.
Making your own face paint has to be cheaper than buying it, and allows for more quantity, either for a larger canvas or more faces or bodies, as in at a party.
Summer and cleaning up with the hose or the sprinkler allows your preschooler to experiment with paint all over themselves! This is the ‘larger canvas’ I was referring to above. It’s an experiment/experience they won’t forget.
Serve up your homemade facepaint with small brushes, and let the older kids decorate each others faces. Print off some templates for them to copy- just google ‘face painting templates’.
Do heed the warning about store bought food coloring and getting them cleaned up after.
Save some money and make it better, all at the same time thanks to Crystal over at Growing a Jeweled Rose:
Glowing Clay Recipe ~ Growing A Jeweled Rose.
Follow the link at the top for the recipe to make your own modeling clay– a wonderfully creative plaything that works on the right-brain creative side as well as those small motor skills. Unlike play dough, modeling clay air dries to a smooth non-crumbly finish so creations can be kept, even given as gifts to appreciative relatives.
And, of course, it’s all even more fun in glow in the dark colors! Made yourself with this recipe, it’s cheap enough to make a big batch and have the kids create as a party craft activity.
Share this post with your kids for a little ‘summer science’. In this heat, with storms predicted most every afternoon, the science will seem real and more engaging.
What causes lightning? | MNN – Mother Nature Network
If they’re really interested, follow up with some YouTube storm tracks.