With the kids out of school and summer break well underway, it can take no time at all for boredom and “brain drain” to kick in. It’s important to try and keep the kids active and mentally stimulated in any way that will grab their attention. If summer camps are not their thing, the team at our Edmonton tutoring service have put together a list of a few fun summer brain games for your kids to enjoy:
Kids love to read comic strips, so why not encourage them to create their own? They get to create a storyline, map it out, draw the characters and write the script. This is a great way to get them using their imagination, artistic skills, creative writing, and reading all in one.
As you plan out days for family activities, you can easily turn this into an interactive way for your children to learn. You can find a huge array of tablet and smartphone apps available with fun, educational information, depending on your activity. For example, if you’re going on a hike, look for apps where your kids can identify trees, plants, or learn more about the history, geography, ecology, or geology of the area. Or, if it’s a night walk up at the cottage, you can use any of the “sky map” apps that will show you what stars and constellations you and your children are looking at. There’s no better way to learn than by experiencing what you’re learning about at that moment.
Why not grab a classic game of Monopoly for your child? If you find they’re struggling with math comprehension, this could be a great way to get them to practice with numbers while having some fun. Take the game out to the picnic bench or bring it along to the cottage. Make it a weekly routine.
There’s almost no better game to get your mind thinking than chess. If your child is new to the game, set up a few practice rounds, or join them in a chess club where they can meet other kids and have some fun while honing in on a new skill.
The great thing about technology – aside from the fact that kids sometimes love it a bit too much – is that there is an abundance of information available at your fingertips. So why not use it to help you children learn a new language? For example, there’s great apps, such as Duolingo that make learning fun, and best of all, you can choose from a variety of languages to learn. It’s a great way to keep French skills sharp over summer break.
It’s important to keep your children thinking this summer. Get them engaged in the activities they’re doing, bring out some of the classic board games to challenge their skills, and use the world of technology to keep their minds active while having fun.