In this guide, we’ve shared 10 summer learning activities for students to keep their brains active during the hottest months. Children don’t need to read a book to learn new concepts and skills. Often, the best way to learn is by doing. These 10 fun activities will open your child’s mind and create lasting memories for the entire family.
With a few everyday items from around the house, you can make a box guitar or a rainstick in an afternoon. Then, you can record a few songs with your DIY instruments and a smartphone.
Parents can help their kids staple a few small pieces of paper into a book, and then create a cartoon animation by drawing the entire sequence. For best results, draw your first cartoon frame on the last page of the book, so it’s easier to “flip”.
Spend some time with other families in the neighborhood and find an age-appropriate book that your kids can read together. Then, have one of the families host a themed “book club” party, with fun games and food.
There’s nothing like a beach trip in the summer. For an educational take on this classic activity, you can preface the trip by reading about the local ecosystem. Then, when you get to the beach, you can explore the native plants and animals with your child, and create a scavenger hunt out of it.
There are a ton of kid-friendly recipes online, and Cooking with Kids offers simple step-by-step instructions that your children will love. Choose from tasty recipes like Painted Toast, Cowboy Casserole, and Ants on a Log.
At the start of summer, take your child to the library so they have plenty of books to read during those long days indoors.
There’s a reason Legos are still one of the most popular toys on Earth. You can build virtually anything with the rectangular bricks, and your children will learn how to design and engineer something from scratch.
If your child shows an interest in horticulture, you can designate a small area in the backyard for their personal garden, and teach them how to plant and cultivate it. Meanwhile, you can have fun building a compost pile with worms and scraps.
When you spend a few days out in nature, your child will have the opportunity to learn about local flora and fauna, pitch a tent, use a compass, and so much more. Camping teaches survival skills that every child should know.
Of course, is there anything more iconic than a lemonade stand in the summer? This wholesome activity will teach your child about the value of hard work, and they’ll have an opportunity to make friends with other families in the neighborhood.
With these summer learning activities for students, we know your vacation will be filled with amazing adventures. Visit the GraduationSource blog for more educational tools and graduation tips.