5 tips to ensure your kids enjoy an educational summer
Summer is a great time to enjoy family activities that are both playful and educational. Wherever you are and whatever the weather, there are countless fun learning opportunities during the holidays. We’ve gathered five inspirational ideas that your child will love!
Chloe Tonkin / August 6, 2019
1. Rainbow flowers
Use an exciting experiment to help your child understand how plants absorb water. Pop a few drops of liquid food colouring into a glass of water and stir well. Place a white flower into the water. After a few hours you and your child will be able to see how the flower has absorbed the coloured water (and changed colour itself). For really impressive results, let the flower sit overnight.
Take the experiment one step further by cutting the stem in half length-wise and placing each part in differently coloured water. Together you and your child can create a rainbow of flowers!
2. Planes and trains
During the holidays, your child will often spend a lot of time travelling by car, by plane or by train. The learn-to-read game Poio is recommended by teachers and parents alike as a playful educational tool for children (have a look here to learn more about it). It’s also easy to play on the go! Who knows? Maybe your child will crack the reading code in the back of the car this summer!
3. Letter biscuits
In the Poio reading game there are small characters (“Readlings”) who eat letters. Otto eats O, Iris eats I, and so on. You and your child can recreate this by using “letter biscuits,” which work perfectly on holiday or during a long journey. Show your child the shape of a letter, and ask if they can recognise it anywhere - for example, on a road sign or shop window. Once they have identified the letter correctly, reward them with a delicious biscuit prize!
On the beach or in the park you and your child can collect shells, stones, pine cones, etc. to use as currency when you play “shop”. Be creative when it comes to what is sold in the shop. It can be anything! Perhaps a beach-bakery where your child serves up delicious treats made from sand and seaweed? You can increase the difficulty of the game by giving the “money” different values. Perhaps a single sea shell has the same value as five pebbles.
5. Design and build
Do you have a lot of time at home planned over the summer and want to work with your child on a larger project? Why not build a dollhouse, small cottage or castle? You can use a stronger material like wood or something simpler and more temporary, like cardboard. Let your child choose the space for your project, take the measurements, assemble the different parts, and take charge of the design process.
If you haven’t quite got the time to build an entire house – a smaller but equally fun project could be to make a bird box.
Give your child the best possible start to their reading journey!