It’s hard to believe that we are already in the middle of summer. And I tried to make sure you have any summer learning ideas, I wanted to include these outdoor family activities that I found at https://www.verywellfamily.com/outdoor-family- activities. There is a lot of learning contained in these activities because we know that not all learning comes in a textbook. Hope you will enjoy some of them with your children. I also added the paragraphs they started these ideas with as I felt they had great information.
“Playing outside with your kids isn’t just about encouraging more physical activity. A 2019 study found that children who spent the least amount of time in green spaces were 55% more likely to develop psychiatric problems, such as anxiety and mood disorders, during their teens or days. ‘adulthood.
And while it might seem difficult to get kids of different ages involved in a single activity, we’ve rounded up 50 mostly free activities to do outdoors with the family to help you find the perfect fit. The next time the weather is nice, try these creative ways to play outside. “
Go for a walk. Set a timer to see how far you can walk in five minutes, 10, 20, or 30. Note whether you’re going to loop or take a round-trip route so you can plan accordingly.
Ride a bike.
Bubble with a DIY mixture.
Play classic outdoor games like Red Rover, Red Light Green Light or Steal the Bacon.
Organize a scavenger hunt in the wild. Look for pine cones, acorns, and other common outdoor items and count which ones have found the most coins.
Play Follow the Leader in your backyard or neighborhood.
Draw a hopscotch in chalk.
Make homemade play dough and take it outside. It’s less messy than playing on the floor or on a carpet.
Head to a nearby town and check out their playgrounds. Maybe you will find a new favorite.
Install a canvas and let your little ones paint. Again, less mess to clean up.
Find a shady tree and read.
Picnic at a local park, at the beach, or in your own backyard.
Do things you would normally do indoors, like playing board games or having a pillow fight.
Plant a small potted vegetable garden.
Shoot a movie at home.
Eat homemade popsicles.
Have a water balloon fight.
Wash the car.
Go for a group jog.
Play wiffleball or kickball.
Take turns playing photographer with your phone or camera.
Make mud pies. Who can make the fanciest creation?
Sing as loud as you can.
Is it dark outside? Play hide and seek with flashlights (and partners if you have little ones).
Water the plants. Give your preschooler some basic experiments to consider: Does the hose get water out faster than the watering can? What is the easiest to control?
Build paper planes. Who can fly theirs the furthest?
Look for bugs.
Go through the sprinkler.
Make homemade bird feeders with pine cones, peanut butter, and birdseed.
Gather a cart, stuffed animals, and pots and pans and host an instant parade.
Find things like pine cones, sticks, seashells, and stones to craft a mobile.
Play on the swing in the dark.
Pick flowers (from your own garden).
Find shapes in the clouds.
Take a nap in a hammock or just on a blanket that you lie on the grass.
Go fishing. ”Set up a wading pool with items and let your little one try to catch them.
To set up a tent.
Paint the rocks.
Have a water shootout.
Learn to cartwheel.
Build a fort using patio furniture.
Walk barefoot in the grass. Then try the cement (first make sure it’s not too hot). Have your preschooler compare how they are feeling. What other surfaces can you get your feet to touch?
I didn’t want to leave out some of the ideas I started sharing last week from Scholastic, which has lots of different learning ideas for the summer. Hope you enjoy all the ideas I have shared for this week.
Summer reading activities
These ideas will keep kids engaged in reading, writing, and creative thinking, even on the hottest days.
Wet writer: Using a bucket of water and a brush, have the children write words on the asphalt or sidewalk.
Sell summer: Tell the kids: Try a new product or activity and write about it. How would you describe it? Would you recommend it? Create an advertisement to sell it to others.
Plan a Trip: Have kids use the internet, travel guides, brochures, and maps to plan a dream day, weekend, week, or month-long trip.
Summer Detective: Have the children follow a story in a newspaper during the summer, or investigate a local story (eg, an upcoming fair). Tell the children: Write about the event as it unfolds so that you have documented it from start to finish.
Play it: Take an adventure book with a clear plot (The Phantom Tollbooth, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, etc.) and invent a board game based on it.
Comic: Write a comic about a fictional character or yourself. See how long you can keep the tape. Read classic comics for inspiration.
Keep kids motivated
Parental involvement during the summer months is crucial for student success. According to the National Education Association, “Parents who are actively involved in their children’s learning at home help their children learn better in and outside of school. Encourage parents with a final newsletter filled with activities that will save them from forgetting and even develop their skills over the summer.
Set aside time each day to read. Track the books your child reads and reward them with a special activity or treat when they reach certain milestones (for example, every 10 books). Make art projects based on your favorite titles, like drawing a favorite scene or making paper bag puppets.
Visit your local library. Many libraries have wonderful summer reading programs that reward children for the number of books they read.
Make every day educational. Children learn problem solving, math, science and vocabulary while helping with grocery shopping, laundry and cooking.
Create a summer scrapbook. Save postcards and movie tickets, record family stories or interesting events from every day, whether you are going on vacation or just going to your neighborhood park.
Car games in working order
For kids on the bus or families on vacation, put those long trips to good use with activities that keep the kids busy and develop their reading and math skills.
For years K-3:
Car Bingo: Create a car bingo card with words, shapes, colors, and things kids are likely to see on a trip (stop signs, notice boards, railroad signs, etc. ) to strengthen reading, math and visual word skills.
The numbers game: look out the window and call when you see one, two, three or four of something, and so on.
The alphabet game: one person chooses the right side of the road, and the other chooses the left side. Name the objects you see in alphabetical order (you can only use a sign for a letter). The first person to reach the letter “z” wins.
For levels 4-8:
Capital Game: Write down every license plate you see, not by state, but by state capital. The first to correctly identify 10 state capitals wins.
Cow game: One person takes the right side of the road, the other takes the left side. Count all the cows you see. You earn one point for each cow. When you see a graveyard on your side of the car, you lose all of your points.
Animals Galore: Decide on a number of points for each animal you see (cow = 1 point, horse = 1 point, pig = 2 points, etc.). While driving, add up the points. Play until a person gets 10 points, or for a fixed time.
Math With License Plates: Use the numbers on license plates to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and number patterns and see how creative kids can be!
During the summer my goal is to have things that will keep your kids from losing what they have learned this year, whether virtual, in person, or a combination. With this school year as unusual as it used to be, it will be important to get your kids thinking every now and then. Seriously think about it you’ve all become great teachers now and I’m just going to add some skills needed for different levels so you don’t have to search for things just have them do them at different times this summer. May God bless you all and have a good week.
Let me know your ideas or what you would like to see and I will take care of it. Email me at [email protected]
Remember to be kind and love each other and continue to set a good example for our children. See you next week with some new ideas and ways to help your kids, or ideas that might help you raise your kids in some way.
It is important to do educational work during the summer to help the children be ready for school in the fall.
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