Finding summer activities for kids that are educational and fun is a win-win situation for everyone in your family. The good news is that there are loads of activities that are both enjoyable and educational. Here are some of my favorites.
- Take trips to historical places
You don’t have to travel far, as there are loads of historical places around the country. Often we tend to overlook or take for granted the historical sites situated near our homes. National parks and state parks often have great guides who tell amazing stories about our history and our citizens. A Kid’s Guide to Famous US Landmarks is another good resource.
- Create Dioramas
In the era of high tech, this activity has frequently been cast aside, but it is fabulous for gaining involvement, coming up with attractive products, and good family interaction. This site teaches you how to make a diorama and this one gives you ideas for what kinds of diorama to create.
- Have a poetry night
Poetry is often overlooked, but it can be an excellent source of fun and humor. And kids love nothing more than to laugh. (Don’t we all?) Giggle Poetry is a site that has loads of ideas for kids’ poems. It even has guidelines for how to write a limerick. Poetry4kids is another good site in this vein. And check out Shel Silverstein, who is a fantastic poet for kids. As kids get used to it, everyone can try to be a poet and come up with short or long poems that express what they are thinking or feeling.
This is a great activity that teaches math, following directions, attention to detail and the end product is good for everyone to eat.
- Growing herbs
You don’t need a lot of space, just some pots or planters and you are on your way. Growing herbs lets kids see some really appealing parts of nature. You can also add science to the activity by measuring the growth, or comparing two herbs that started out the same, but got different due to receiving varying amounts of water andsun.
If you’re looking for more educational activities for kids visit our activities page and sign up for a 30 day free trial of the Reading Kingdom online reading program that teaches kids to read and write to a third grade level.