Summer Fun Learning Activities – making learning fun for your kids this summer By Marla Morgan Hagan, from Kudos Magazine
Summer Fun Learning Activities can be fun!! Print this playful check list and make sure you check off each box before summer says. “good bye!”
It’s time to get in touch with your inner child!
Summer is a great time for fun with the kids. Here are a few simple ideas to add to the summer memories:
Texture Fun In a large bowl, mix 3 cups of cornstarch with 1½ cups of water. Allow the mixture to “set-up” for 20 minutes, then let the little hands dig in. Lots of gooey fun to be had!
Take a “pretend” trip Write the names of 20 countries on small pieces of paper and hide them around your yard. Once your kids find the countries, give them a globe or map and have them locate the countries they have found. Spend some time talking about the food, the clothing, the climate and other facts. This is a great way to make geography fun!
Unpoppable Bubbles Mix 6 cups water, 1 cup corn syrup, 2 cups regular strength Joy dish soap. This mixture makes for a lot of laughter—pure summer fun!
Shiny Paint Combine ½ cup condensed sweetened milk with 6 to 8 drops of food coloring. Repeat with as many colors as you like. The combination leaves a great shiny finish that your kids will love to use.
Picture Book Props Encourage the love of reading by creating crafts
surrounding your children’s favorite stories. Simply draw a character or item from your child’s favorite picture book. Let them color and decorate it to make it their own. Cut out their masterpiece and affix to a Popsicle/craft stick. This encourages their involvement in the story and is a great way to promote reading.
Keep a Journal As we all know, time goes by very quickly. Your child’s thoughts and feelings change as they grow, and keeping a journal is a terrific way to capture their personality. Record their quotes and comments. You will never regret taking a few minutes per day to ask a question or two and document their responses.
Marla Morgan Hagan has a bachelor’s degree in child development from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. She has owned and directed Morgan’s Early Learning Center locations in Flint and Waterford since 1997. The centers offer tours to showcase the educational opportunities they offer. Visit www.mymelc.com