Keeping kids learning during summertime can be easy and fun if you know where to look. Kids love to try different experiments, which can teach them science and math without even knowing it. Cooking can also do the same thing plus they make their own treats. Keeping a vacation journal helps with creative writing. Sending kids on scavenger hunts for various items teaches them to read, be more observant and is just fun! Crafting teaches colors, creativity, reading and more. Here are some links to websites with many great ideas to find super fun activities for kids.
Science Experiments and Activities
Education.com: Science Activities & Experiments for Kids
Little Binds for Little Hands: Water Science Activities for Kids STEM
Cooking with Kids
There are plenty of children’s cook books available but that isn’t always needed. Having your kids help you in the kitchen to make meals, even if it takes longer and can be a lot messier, will teach them at an early age about how recipe’s go together. Basic measuring teaches fractions. The chemical process created between things like baking soda, sugar, salt and many other ingredients also affect the final outcome of a snack or meal.
Mental Floss: 10 Science Experiments you Can Eat with Your Kids
Epicurious: 10 Real-Life Commandments for Cooking with Kids
Delish: Easy Kid Recipes
Food Network: Cooking with Kids
Outdoor Adventures & Scavenger Hunts
Scavenger hunts can be done indoors or outdoors, depending on the items that you have kids searching for. Even if they can’t read a list yet, you can verbally give them items to find, so the littlest ones can get in on the fun too. Or an older child can be the leader and help the younger ones. It teaches kids to be more observant of their surroundings. Other outdoor games can turn into science experiments. Some are just fun with water, paint, pool noodles, bubbles and more.
My Kids Adventures: Ten Scavenger hunts Ideas for Your Kids
Verywell Family: How to Have a Photo Scavenger Hunt for Kids
The Spruce: Scavenger or Treasure Hunts for Kids
How We Learn: Ridiculously Fun Outdoor Games for Kids!
Crafting Ideas for Kids
For children, being creative is fun, whether they are young or older. Some projects can be very time consuming and others can be simple and easy, depending the age and maturity of all involved. Many crafting items can be found around the house or at the dollar store. Some craft projects can help charities, teaching kids about people or animals in need. Here are some ideas.
Happiness is Homemade: 50 Quick & Easy Kids Crafts That Anyone Can Make
I Heart Naptime: 50 Easy Kids Crafts
Left Brain Craft Brain: 40 of the Best Art Projects for kids