Time away from school can result in a child losing valuable skills and levels of knowledge. This is especially true during the summer. While vacationing this summer, incorporate activities that will keep your child’s brain active while traveling. This is so much more productive than watching videos and staring at their smartphones. You might even hear a few less “are we there yet’s?”
Here are some exciting activities that will keep your child’s brain working, engaging, and learning this summer.
Encourage Your Child to Read
One of the most productive strategies for keeping your child’s brain active – especially during your summer travels – is to encourage them to read! Simply utilize your public library and take your child to pick out books on topics that they are interested in.
Whether they love fictional stories that involve wizards and dragons, have a passion for cooking, enjoy learning about history, or simply enjoy a good comic book, get them reading!
At the library, you may discover a summer reading program, contests, and other types of incentives that will help motivate your child to read. Get them involved!
Exploration to Your Destination
If you are traveling – especially by car – you may keep your child’s brain active by engaging in exploration while on your way to your destination.
Now, this will take a little work on your end, but it will be well worth it.
Let’s say you are traveling from Fairfield, California to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The trip is a little over 17 hours, by car. You could map out an exploration trip by including stops at the following locations:
- The Fresno, CA Art Museum
- The Kingman, Arizona Railroad Museum
- The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona
- The Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona
- The New Mexico Mining Museum in Grants, New Mexico
In each of these destinations, there is something for you and your family to explore and learn.
One of the best ways to keep your child’s brain active is by exploring the world around them.
Each of these stops teaches about history, culture, the arts, the sciences, and more! If you want to make those summer trips more exciting and more educational, take the time to plan out some exploration along the way!
In a world of technological advancements, mobile devices are all the rave – especially among youngsters. If you are in search of a way to keep little minds active while traveling, encourage your child to engage with educational apps.
There are multiple apps available developed by educators and developers that specialize in age-appropriate curriculums. The following outlines some highly productive apps that will keep your child learning all summer long, and beyond:
- Reading Eggs
- Curious World
- MentalUP Educational Games
- Khan Academy Kids
- Vegetable Maths Masters
- Slice Fractions
- Friendly Math Monsters
- Phonics Genius
- World’s Worst Pet – Vocabulary
- 3D Brain
- Little Chatterbox for Kids
- Astro Algebra
- ABCya Games
- Space Pig Math
- Bubbly Primes
- Rocket Math
- Bubble Pop Multiplication
- Squeebles Spelling
- Spelling Hangman
There are many creative ways to keep your child’s brain active while traveling this summer. All it takes is a little creative, a bit of research, and some encouragement on your end to motivate your child to constantly learn.
Travel time is often considered to be “down time” as children are limited in the activities that they can take part in. Now, you can make it “learning time”.
There are many ways a child can experience enjoyment while traveling. They can delve into a book that takes them on far away adventures into new worlds and with exciting characters, they may explore the areas in which they are traveling, or they can play fun and exciting games on apps that cover every subject!
In addition to the ideas listed here, there are many learning camps, coaching companies, and educational professionals that can keep all of the skills and knowledge your child has learned throughout the school year fresh for the new school year.
If you would like to learn more about these programs or have an interest in receiving coaching and tutoring near your home, contact us here at Miracle Math Coaching for additional information.