by Jamie Le Sesne Spears, M.Ed, Family Engagement Specialist
As an aunt to four quadruplets finishing up fourth grade, I know how much they are looking forward to summer – I bet your kids are too! They are likely excited for a change and to spend time with family. For parents and caregivers, it can be stressful filling long summer days with engaging activities.
Brainstorm with your child
As you plan your summer schedule and activities, ask your school-ager what they want to play, do, and explore. My nieces and nephews often have some lofty ideas, but I try to engage and support them in the planning to give them a voice and, in turn, enhance their excitement.
Explore and make a plan
Before you dive into the summer, explore others’ recommendations and jot down what you think works best for your family and your child. Read on for some ideas and great resources!
Get curious with science experiments
Science experiments are perfect for engaging critical thinking and mathematical skills during the summer. Explore Free Science Printable Experiment Instructions to find the perfect experiment for your child.
Play games that sharpen math skills
Introduce your child to the classics! Pull out games like Uno, Yahtzee, Monopoly, and Phase 10 to practice math skills. Encourage your child to create their own board game using dice or cards.
Explore a variety of books and reading materials this summer. Check out these unique booklists:
Be creative outdoors
Art activities provide children with creative ways to critically think and explore. Try one of these Outdoor Art Ideas for Kids to get outside and create!