The summer holidays are just a few weeks away, which means your kids are
soon going to have a load of spare time on their hands. Here at Tutor
Doctor, we know how easy it is for your children to indulge in a little
bit too much technology time and not keep their brains as active as they
should be. That’s why we’ve come up with 5 activities which
will help fight summer boredom and build up their thinking skills! We
guarantee their minds will be active all summer long!
1. Visit your local library
Visiting your local library with your children is a fun way to spend an
afternoon. Not only can you indulge in taking out a handful of books,
your kids can too. Encourage your children to browse all the books and
get them to choose 5 of their favourites to take home and read! Reading
is such an easy way to engage their brains during the holidays and if
they are lost in a good book, we bet they won’t even realise they
are learning! You could get them to take part in our summer reading challenge,
find out more
What better way for your child to practice maths and science skills than
by spending the day cooking or baking? Not only is it an opportunity for
you to spend time with the kids, but it’s also a brilliant way to
get their brains active and thinking! They will be able to practice skills
like weighing ingredients out, measurements, timings, temperature, different
foods and chemical reactions. It’s also really yummy- especially
if your baking cookies or a cake!
3. Visit a museum
We’re sure that there is at least one museum near your home: whether
it’s an art museum, history museum, zoo, aquarium, science center
or nature preserve. Plan a day trip with the whole family and get the
children to take part in the activities aimed towards kids, read the displays
and just generally get involved. Not only will it get their brains active
but it will be educational too.
4. Journal their summer!
A really easy way to get your kids thinking this summer is to encourage
them to keep a journal- and there’s loads of ways they can do this.
It’s such an easy way to get your kids imaginations flowing but
also get them learning at the same time! Make sure you regularly read/look
at their work and give them a little bit of positive encouragement. Monitoring
their progress will also make sure they are keeping up to date with their
journal and that they are taking pride in their work.
Summer Journal Ideas
If your kids love writing, get them to write a journal each day of what
they get up to. This is an excellent way to practice spelling, grammar,
handwriting, punctuation and sentence structure.
If your child is more visual, then why not buy a couple of disposable cameras
and get them to keep a photo journal scrapbook of their summer? Encouraging
a more visual approach will help your child engage in their creative side
and all things arty!
It’s not just the little ones that can get involved- even teenagers
can try journaling. As we all know how difficult it can be to get your
teenage son or daughter away from their laptop, why not see if they fancy
writing a summer journal blog online? This would also combine writing
and photography skills into one activity.
5. Explore personal interests
Finally, perhaps one of the easiest ways to get your kids excited, active
and learning this summer is to help them explore their personal interests
through fun activities. If they enjoy music- why not see if there is a
free summer concert you could go to? If they love animals, why not spend
the day at the zoo or a farm? If your child is very artistic, then there
is a whole load of crafty ideas they can get involved in at home or you
could even find a local art exhibition. Whatever your child’s passion,
considering their interests and helping them make plans to delve into
their hobbies is not only fun for them but also rewarding for you!