5 Fun, Educational Summer Activities For Kids 

Are your kids bored this summer?  Do they sigh heavily when you offer your usual litany of suggestions — go on more bike rides, meet friends at the local playground, visit the county fair, or set up camp in the backyard for a night of stargazing? 

Maybe it’s time to try something different, time to help them expand their growing minds with a fascinating new subject. 

Learning doesn’t just occur in school. Introducing your child to learning outside the classroom, does more than just teach them invaluable skills. You’re also teaching them to be lifelong learners. 

Here are five suggestions to help your kids experience the thrill of discovery:  

Teach Your Kids About Genealogy 

Genealogy can help your kids understand their family tree. 

If, for example, your family has an Irish genealogy, use stories published in Irish American newspaper articles dating back to the 1800s to help them discover their roots and the type of lifestyle their ancestors lived. They might be surprised to learn that from 1820 to 1860, a little under two million Irish people immigrated to the U.S. to escape the potato famine in Ireland. They came here to find jobs and build a new life for their families — and that could be why your family resides in the U.S. today.

Teach Your Kids How to Cook 

Cooking doesn’t have to be a chore. You can make it fun and exciting. Use this opportunity to teach your kids about the nutritional value of different foods. 

Teaching them how to make salads will do far more than teach them practical culinary skills. Your kids will start appreciating the value of eating unprocessed, natural foods rich in enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. You’ll also be making them aware that junk food is loaded with unhealthy amounts of sugar, salt, and fats.

Who knows? They may even surprise you by making their own Crack Chicken Pasta in an Instant Pot

Teach Your Kids How to Read Aloud

Reading, of course, is an essential life skill that will increase attention span, improve vocabulary, and strengthen cognition. 

Books still have their place in modern life despite the plethora of multimedia devices. Good books have captured the wisdom of the ages in the voice of their original authors.  

Reading aloud adds a new dimension to literacy. Your kids will learn enunciation, dramatic pauses, and correct pronunciation. They will learn how to entertain an audience with the spoken word. 

Teach Your Kids How to Write Creatively

Even if your kids have learned the fine motor skills of how to use a pencil on paper, learning how to write can be priceless. If they’re already proficient at handwriting, then teach them how to get good at typing, and if they already know how to type, then teach them how to compose their ideas on paper. 

But, of course, writing well is not about knowing how to put words on paper, nor is it about learning grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Rather, it is about learning how to organize a sequence of coherent ideas. Also, when you have your kids focus on creative writing and composing short stories, it helps spur their imagination.

Teach Your Kids How to Code

Many online educational programs teach children the fundamentals of computer programming. Learning how to code will become an increasingly valuable skill in the future.

Learning this skill is like learning a new language or playing a musical instrument. While using tutorial software like MIT’s Scratch Program is not always intuitive, it’s a highly rewarding creative activity once someone gets the knack of learning how to write their own programs. 

Your child will learn how to enjoy experimenting. 

The purpose of these five learning activities isn’t to acquire proficiency. Instead, it’s a way to show kids that learning can be fun. These skills also contribute to learning how to think.

You’re helping your kids learn how to feel excited about discovering new things without the pressure to compete with others or perform for a grade or approbation. You’re teaching them the joy of learning for its own sake. You’re teaching them how to think. You’re teaching them that the world is a far more interesting place than they thought.

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