Just because your kids are on vacation from school doesn’t mean they have to take a vacation from learning. We’ve compiled a list of great ideas that are both fun and educational to keep the “I’m boreds” at a minimum this summer!
For those with children out of school in Las Vegas, Camp Cougar registration is in full swing! Camp Cougar is perfect for three year olds, students entering 7th grade, and everyone in between. Each week has a different theme and is loaded with a variety of activities designed to be both fun and educational!
Academic activities will be taught in two-week intervals for each core subject. Special instructors will be here daily to teach Science, Language Arts, Math and History. Your child will also get a chance to explore their creative side through engineering, creative writing, and Reader’s theatre & puppetry! To learn more, please stop by the Academy Office.
While it’s tempting to save time and do all the cooking on your own, getting the kids involved will teach them valuable lessons and create lasting memories. For younger children, cooking can improve motor skills, basic science concepts, and self-confidence. Measuring out ingredients is a great way for little ones to learn about the importance of following directions and get a general grasp on basic scientific concepts. Substituting dried cranberries and white chocolate chips in their favorite oatmeal raisin cookie recipe, for example, can teach kids about experimentation and creativity. These small lessons will carry through into other aspects of their lives.
Older kids can benefit from more complex math skills – especially if you have them do the math to double or halve the recipe. Tweens can also benefit from a boost in self-confidence from watching their hard work pay off in the form of a perfectly baked banana bread loaf or a perfectly seasoned lasagna dish.
All you need are some white flowers and some food coloring to teach kids about how plants absorb and use nutrients. Put a few drops of food coloring into a small vase, and add a freshly-cut white flower. Carnations, mums, and daisies are just a few of the many flowers that will work great for this experiment. If you have a few stalks of celery in your refrigerator, you can also use those – just make sure the leaves are still attached to the stalks. Depending on how much food coloring you’ve used, the flowers will begin to change within an hour or so of placing them in the vase. Make it extra fun by experimenting with different colors and different amounts of food coloring! Plus, when the ‘experiment’ part is over, you’ll have a lovely, multicolored bouquet!
When life gives you bored kids on summer break – make lemonade! Lemonade stands are a great way to teach kids of all ages about economics. You can help them develop the perfect lemonade ‘recipe’, and watch them learn about capitalism as they take their product through the testing, production, marketing, pricing, and selling process. Once the stand is set up, older kids can count the money and practice their math skills when neighbors stop by to for a glass. Younger ones can help out by pouring the lemonade. Not only are lemonade stands a fun, educational activity that will keep kids busy for hours – they’re also a great way to get to know your neighbors and strengthen your community. You can also mix it up by offering iced tea!
Summer is a great time to create memories that will last a lifetime with your children. If you have other great ideas to keep the boredom out of summertime, please post them on our Facebook page to share them with other CornerStone community members!