The summer holidays are fast approaching and it’s time to start thinking of ways to occupy your children. If you have a holiday booked, that takes care of one or two weeks but what do you do with the rest of the time?
The summer break is a great time for children to explore new activities and enjoy rewarding experiences. As parents and carers, you have a wonderful opportunity to encourage your child to develop their problem-solving skills at the same time as having fun. In this article, we’ll take a look at some exciting activities that will foster critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.
Exploring the Great Outdoors
The summer months are a great time to explore the great outdoors no matter what the weather may hold in store. Nature offers a wealth of problem-solving activities. Visits to the zoo, parks, or nature trails are a great way to spark your child’s curiosity and provide plenty of opportunities to analyse and solve. Observe patterns on leaves, identify animal species, or try your hand at orienteering. And if the sun refuses to shine, you can take a trip to a museum. Most museums have challenges and treasure hunts running during the summer that will put your child’s critical thinking skills to the test.
Puzzles come in an array of shapes, sizes, and complexities. From jigsaw puzzles and Sudoku to brain teasers and online quizzes, they offer an excellent way to stimulate problem-solving skills. Look for puzzles that are suitable for your child’s age and gradually increase the level of difficulty as they progress. Puzzles are also great for improving patience and persistence. They also make a great rainy-day activity for when the great British weather refuses to be kind.
Coding and Programming
Summer is a great time to introduce your child to the world of coding and programming. From writing their first programme to debugging code, this activity is the perfect way to put their problem-solving skills to the test. You don’t even need a computer. There are many online platforms that offer coding tutorials and they can even code on a mobile phone or tablet. Learning to code helps children to break complex problems down into smaller manageable tasks.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and maths. STEM activities can amuse them today and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. Look out for STEM projects or kits online that align with your child’s passions and are suitable for their age. From constructing a bridge and conducting science experiments to building a simple robot, these are just a few examples of hands-on activities they can try.
Arts and Crafts
You might think that arts and crafts don’t hold many opportunities for problem-solving. That’s because it’s all about thinking outside the (paint)box. From working out how to mix different paint colours to experimenting with textures and materials, artistic activities enhance your child’s ability to visualise and think creatively.
Inspire Young Entrepreneurs
Encourage your child’s entrepreneurial spirit by involving them in small ventures this summer. Whether it’s a boot sale, a lemonade stand, or cleaning neighbours’ cars, these ventures help children to solve problems and develop strategies to make some extra pocket money. These activities also encourage financial literacy and resourcefulness.
Get Set For a Fun and Educational Summer
Summer is a valuable time for children to get involved in problem-solving activities. Get it right and they won’t even realise they are learning!
At Tutor Doctor, we’re here to support your child’s educational journey every step of the way and throughout the year. We offer local tuition services across the UK that will help your child to become a confident problem solver. Find a local tutor today to get started.