The summer vacation and holiday seasons are fast approaching and you know that it won’t take long before your children are ready for entertainment/action. Doing this is not an easy task and trying to link it to learning is not an easy task for parents. Then there is the cost factor. However, with a bit of imagination and planning there are some things that you can do that won’t cost a fortune and will provide your family with fun/learning activities.
Take a drive out of the city and pack a blanket or some camping chairs, a picnic dinner and your smart phones. Download an app to help you identify constellations and then head out to a picturesque natural setting. You can enjoy the setting sun while snacking on your picnic dinner. Once the sun sets, hold your smart phones up to the heavens. Your GPS will track your position and help you identify the constellations and stars that you can see. You can download apps for stargazing here.
International Food Festival
Take out an atlas and ask your child to show you where different countries are. Pick a country to explore each week. You can play a game to find a country like pin the tail on the country or each sibling gets a turn to pick a country. Then find recipes from each country that your students can help you to cook. Cooking is a great life skill for students to master while reading recipes helps them to practice their reading skills. Following recipes is great practice for lab work and its fun too! This is a great way for students to learn about other cultures and cuisines.
This is a great activity for a rainy day which you are never too old to enjoy. Think big by converting your living area to an indoor fort city. Furnish your indoor blanket fort with comfortable cushions and a picnic dinner. Plan activities that will keep older children engaged like board games, or bring your laptop in and watch a movie. You can also tell scary stories or listen to audio books.
This activity takes some preparation, but if your students are old enough, it’s a great way to keep them busy. Invite a couple of families for games night. Pick a couple of children to be the game masters. They must compile general trivia questions over a set number of categories like sports, history, literature, pop culture etc. They should also create answer sheets for each round (5-8 rounds work best). Families make up a team and get to answer questions in each round and the family with the most points wins the game.
Storytelling is perhaps one of the oldest entertainment activities humans have engaged in. It can be quite a compelling, entertaining and insightful experience to listen to a good storyteller. Being a good storyteller does take practice and some planning. Some useful help can be found at Building Blocks or FDCC. Often another good way to get started is to read from a book. Remember to invite your children to add to your stories or to provide them the opportunity to use their imagination and entertain you! Now add a fire and s’more for the ultimate summer activity.
You don’t have to go on vacation to have a good time in the summer; just a little planning will ensure an action packed summer that’s fun for the whole family.