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Need to get your kids back into the swing of things before school starts? Try some of these fun learning activities!
If you’ve hoping to encourage your kids to open a book and read this summer but it’s been a struggle, then this might do the trick. Pick out a book that is also a movie and then pick a date for a movie night. To view the movie, they have to read the book.
Then, have a family movie night where you watch the movie together. Since the movie is often a creative interpretation of the book, talk about the differences that you noticed and what you thought was more interesting in the book and what was more interesting in the movie. Ask your child to be a movie critic and critique how the movie portrayed the book (characters, plot, scenes, imagery, etc.). Make sure to have some popcorn, too!
Find a project for your kids to do and have them follow the step by step instructions online. Pinterest and YouTube are great resources for finding fun project ideas. This allows kids to use a screen but to also create something and learn about how different things are made. You could also have your kids create their own DIY project and publish it online or email a tutorial to a family member.
Plan an outdoor photo scavenger hunt! Make a list of all planets, rocks, bugs etc. that you want your kids to find and ask them to photograph each item they find with a camera, iPod, smartphone or tablet. Afterwards you could use the photos to create a photo book together. Great for those end of summer camping trips and vacations!
Encourage your kids to dust off those word processing, graphic design and keyboarding skills! Create flyers for a rummage sale or lemonade stand and give proceeds to a favorite charity. Create cards for missionaries or soldiers. Volunteer to help a senior citizen with computer skills. Create a photo book of summer vacation photos for the family to enjoy.