Summer vacation is here! Long, hot days on the beach, by the pool, or just laying around in the air conditioning — however your child is spending their summer, keeping them active, engaged and out of trouble is a top priority for parents! There’s a fine line between keeping kids occupied and overscheduling them (and yourself). Finding that balance can feel impossible!
We've worked with families like yours for more than 20 years and have learned a thing or two about keeping kids actively engaged on summer break. With our history in the educational software industry and first-hand experience with kids in and out of the classroom, we’ve picked up some great tips for helping parents out over summer. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for keeping kids engaged (and learning) during summer vacation…
Use Fast ForWord Home
We’re going to lead with this one because we know it’s the most valuable investment you could make for your family this summer. Summer is the perfect time to introduce your child to Fast ForWord Home! In as little as 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week, our software can help your child pay attention longer, process information faster, and comprehend what they're reading better. It’s also a guilt-free, educational use of technology the whole family will be happy about! Our program comes with access to an educational consultant that will monitor your child's progress and work directly with you through a weekly phone call or email – whichever is easier for you. That way you can be sure your child is getting the most from this system!
More Summer Fun Tips for Keeping Kids Productive
Host a carwash
Have them round up old toys to donate
Let them create a photo book or scrapbook
Organize a scavenger hunt
Give back to your community with Kids Do Good
Sign them up for an end of summer race or activity and have them train for it
Set up a bottle rocket competition with neighbors or friends
Assign a different state, country or other specific geographic location for your child to research each week and have them present something to the family. It could be food, song, fact, etc.
Go on a bike ride
Go on a hike
Make giant bubbles with glycerine
Have your kids invent a new game
Visit somewhere in your town you’ve never been before, make a checklist and work your way through it all summer
Teach your child your favorite childhood game
Have your child become a National Park Jr. Ranger
Introduce your child to a new form of transportation (bus, subway, bike, scooter, kayak, etc.)
Have your child create a jingle for some of their favorite toys
Have them rewrite the words to their favorite show’s theme song
Log your child’s reading minutes through Scholastic's Read-a-Palooza
Have them create art for an at-home art show
Introduce them to geocaching
Enter the Ranger Rick Photo Contest
Encourage them to become pen pals with a friend from school
Organize a lemonade stand
Go camping (even if it’s just in your own backyard)
Create art in public spaces with sidewalk chalk (you may want to check in with your community government on where to do this)
Let them cook dinner (with your help, of course)
Make the library a weekly stop
Build a LEGO village, or download free Mini Builds
Go rollerskating (it could be free!)
Have your child write a short story or create a family newsletter
Buy some science experiment kits
Find a kit and let them build a birdhouse, toy chest, etc.
Decide on new summer chores (washing the car, setting the table, mowing the lawn)
Go to a baseball game
Put on your bowling shoes (kids bowl free at many area bowling alleys!)
Take trips to see how things are made (candy store, pottery studio, newspaper)
Visit local public safety offices (police station, firehouse, EMTs, etc.) and say thank you!
Look into saving and investment learning resources for kids through your bank
Plan a family picnic
Check out the kids' workshops at your local Home Depot
Set up weekly calls/visits with elderly family members or neighbors
Set up a safe space for your child to start blogging
Let them create an obstacle course with things they find around the house/yard
Buy a journal or notebook where they can record things they see or learn every day
Make homemade ice cream (don’t forget the toppings!)
Explore the options for creating a Little Free Library in your neighborhood
Explore a new park
Keeping kids busy and productive through the summer can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be! As you plan ahead this summer, it is important to keep your child learning and engaged to prevent summer brain drain. It’s also a chance for you to reconnect as a family and enjoy some quality time together! Commit to helping your child have fun this summer by focusing on the lessons that really matter — from improving their focus and attention or reading and vocabulary skills to getting more involved in the community and finding new ways to stay active. This summer is going to be over before you know it, so make the most of it!
When you’re ready to learn more about how Fast ForWord Home can improve a child’s self-esteem and overall school performance, we’re offering free consultations for parents! Our software has been proven to help children pay attention longer, process information faster, and comprehend what they're reading better. Starting with Fast ForWord Home during the summer months is a great option to start prepping your kids for the upcoming school year. You’ll see fast and permanent changes over the summer months to help give your child a leg up next school year!