Focus on Family with This List of Summertime Activities
Learning doesn’t only happen when a student opens a textbook or completes a schoolwork assignment. Knowledge growth can happen year-round from a variety of activities, including games and tasks that feel vastly different from the traditional notion of learning.
Now here’s the question: what’s better than learning via fun activities and games? Even though it’s not mandatory for a student’s success, getting the entire family involved can make learning even more engaging. A 2010 study on school improvement found that elementary students with strong family engagement were ten times more likely to improve in math and four times more likely to improve in reading than students with weak family engagement.
Summer is no time to lose balance between family time and education. Get the whole family involved in learning activities this summer. Try one of the popular options below!
Educational Board Games for Kids and Families
Is a rainy day keeping you cooped up inside? Think of it as the perfect opportunity to play a family board game that improves your student’s critical thinking skills. Board games that deal with major subjects such as English, math, and history can be a useful source for students to practice essential academic concepts with their family beside them—yes, even in the summertime!
Read our blog post on educational family game nights to explore new game ideas for students of every age—in elementary school, middle school, and even high school.
Outdoor PE Activities for Grades K–12
Now let’s consider the opposite scenario—it’s a beautiful sunny day and your family wants to spend some time outside. Why not get active with one of these physical education ideas? Students can get cardiovascular exercise while enjoying the beautiful weather and spending time with loved ones—the perfect combination for mental, emotional, and physical health benefits.
Playing one of these activities is also a great way to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s physical activity recommendations. Children and adolescents should have 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day, whereas adults should have a mix of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week and muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days per week.
Math in Nature Activities for Kids
Summer provides countless opportunities for your students to build their nature smarts. Better yet, the whole family can get involved! Math is all around us—even in nature. Venture outside and take some time with your child to find these familiar math concepts. For example, you can spot symmetry on items like flowers and butterfly wings. Make a list of 25 items in nature that have symmetry, and then look outside for real examples.
This is just one of many examples of how math concepts can be turned into nature activities this summer.
Nature Scavenger Hunt Bingo for Families
Here’s another nature-themed activity: scavenger hunt bingo! Whether you have your next big adventure planned or your summer will be spent at home, you can spice up family time with this fun game. Use the activity not only to spend time together outside, but also to teach your child how to appreciate and observe nature.
Simply print your bingo card templates and use them to complete this fun activity outside with your child.
Summer Activities to Prevent Summer Brain Drain
Recently we wrote a blog post specifically about activities to avoid summer brain drain, which happens when summer break leads to learning and engagement decline until fall. Some of these activities are perfect for families to complete together. For example, you could turn a family road trip into math practice and teach older students invaluable money management principles.
See the full list of summer brain drain prevention activities here.
Staycation and DIY Summer Camp Ideas
Not every family can send their student to summer camp each year. That’s understandable. In those situations, families can incorporate some of these activities to bring summer camp home! One example is to get creative with movie nights by hosting a backyard theater. All it takes is a projector, a movie, and a white sheet or garage door. Pitch a tent, pull up some chairs (or sit in the car), and watch the movie outside, just like at summer camp. Best of all, it’s easy for the whole family to participate in and enjoy this activity.
Of all the summertime family activities we’ve shared, which one has been your favorite? Have you tried any with your student that you especially enjoyed? We’d love to hear. Share with us in the comments below.
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