Five fun ways to keep their brains ticking over this summer
With summer holidays in full swing, it’s easy to run out of activities, fun and games to distract your kids with, especially ones with educational value. Here are some top tips to keep their grey matter active over the summer months.
1. Blindfolded ‘bush tucker’ foods
This is a good idea for a rainy afternoon.
Dig around your fridge or kitchen cupboards and find lots of different foods to get your kids to sample whilst blindfolded, getting them to guess what they’re tasting each time.
2. Create board games together
Playing the same board games all the time is dull for anyone, so creating your own is the perfect alternative. All you need is some paper, some crayons and a dice or two. Map out the board, create the counters and rules together. Then play until your heart is content.
This should keep your kid’s creative skills ticking over until the school bell rings again.
3. Cook an exciting meal or picnic together
Getting your kids to cook or bake is a hands-on way to discover new foods and flavours. Amazingly it can also boost your child’s maths, communication and emotional development.2
- Use cooking as an excuse to get them to sort and count out ingredients. Weighing and measuring the ingredients will also help their number recognition.
- Using lots of describing words, talking about all the senses and asking questions about food can support your kid’s communications skills.
- And because cooking takes patience and care, and it is a brilliant way to love and show appreciation for family and friends, it can help with their emotional development.2
Using fresh, healthy foods packed with nutrients including carbohydrates, protein and iron, means you can be sure they are getting some of the energy they need to enjoy themselves!
4. Find enjoyable books to read
Reading a chapter of a book every night is a brilliant way to keep your kid’s brain engaged and working well over the summer. If you find an author or set of books they particularly enjoy reading, it’ll be an easy step to add to the bedtime routine this summer.
5. Go on a day trip to museums
Lots of museums offer free or cheaper days for kids this summer. They often have kid friendly exhibitions too. These are a great way to occupy your child for the day, whilst knowing they are still learning in a fun way.
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1. BBC Good Food, 2014: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/spotlight-high-iron accessed 20th July 2017
2. BBC iWonder, 2017: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z2xmtfr accessed 20th July 2017