After a crazy year of quarantine rules and school closures, you might be wondering how you are going to entertain the kids during the Summer Break. Don’t worry - here at Kenni’s Korner we’ve got your back. Here are seven summer learning activities that you and your kids will love!
1) Get out in nature
There’s nothing better than getting out of the house and just being in nature. We all need to get outside, soak up those rays and explore. Before you head out, set your kids a task – how many different bugs, leaves or flowers can you find? Get them to record what they find either in a notebook or on camera. Check some awesome bug hunting kits here. https://www.amazon.com/bug-catching-kit-Toys-Games/s?k=bug+catching+kit&rh=n%3A165793011)
2) Cool off with some ice
On a hot summer’s day there’s nothing better than ice! Grab a plastic container and throw in a toy or two (make sure they are waterproof!) then pour in some water and put in the freezer overnight. Next day, Push the ice out of the bowl into a plastic tray or on the ground in the yard. Use different items to break the ice – salt, cold water and a wooden mallet (use with supervision!) Can your kids get the toys out of the ice?
3) Make a holiday book
Writing is super important, but it can easily slip during the holidays. Why not get your children to write a holiday diary? Each day they can write a word or a few sentences (depending on ability) about their day. You could glue in tickets from places you visited, photos, things that you bought or found. Make it personal to each child. At the end of the summer vacation, it’s a great thing to look back on.
4) Water fun!
Water play is so much fun and there are many opportunities for learning. Using different containers, practice pouring from one container to another. Which container can hold the most water? Use words like ‘full, half-full, empty’. Can you find things that float in the water? Guess which objects will float and which will sink, then try them out. Check out more great ideas here. (insert link https://www.pinterest.co.uk/theactivitymom/water-play-for-kids)
5) Go on a number or letter hunt
Number hunts and letter hunts are fun for everyone and really promote number and letter recognition. You will need a set of cards with numbers and letters on. For younger kids, hide a few cards around the house and go on a hunt to find them. You could hide numbers 1-5 or 1-10 or the letters of the child’s name. Once you have found them all, put them in the correct order (they might need help with this.) Older kids could find letters to spell a word or even a sentence. You can get
creative and make out that this is a secret code to get a special prize.
6) Get Physical!
Active play is vital for kids and teaches them so many skills. Climbing, swinging, running, jumping all involve risk, judgment and problem solving. Let kids figure things out for themselves and resist the urge to control their play or help them unless they are really struggling. To be able to hold a pencil at school or even to sit at a desk they need core strength and good grip. If you have to stay home, then try some of these ideas. (link https://whatmomslove.com/kids/active-indoor-games-activities-for-kids-to-burn-energy)
7) Plan a party
Why not hold a party for Independence Day? Kids could plan the whole thing - make decorations, cakes, write invitations, plan games and so on. Giving kids a mini project helps build their confidence and planning skills and everyone has fun along the way. Once you have the party organized then head over to https://kenniskorner.com/collections/new-arrivals to check out our sweet new summer outfits – perfect for any party.
Most of all, Summer is about fun! You want your kids to go back to school relaxed, refreshed, and happy! Look for opportunities to learn in everything that you do but keep it light and don’t force anything that they don’t enjoy. Have a happy Summer!