Since I did nothing but pack, clean, haul, and complain all weekend, I have nothing fun/cheap/free to share with you from yours truly. However, contributer Lauralee found this awesome article that I thought I'd share!
Remember, you don't have to pay a lot (or anything!) to entertain and teach your kids! I have listed the ideas she gave below, but click HERE for the original article for more detail and depth. Enjoy!
Sneaky Teacher: Summer Activities for Kids Can Be Educational and Fun
- Play “I'm Going on a Trip” and practice memory and alphabet skills. (Each person adds an item, going A to Z, and each turn repeats the whole list. Person No. 3 says I am going on a trip, and I am taking an Apple, a Basketball, and a Caterpillar. And then onto the the next person. I am going on a trip, and I am taking a …
- Play “I spy” using shapes in the world that is passing you by (Who can find a triangle shape?)
- Play “Out of State License” spotting.
- Play spotting games of all kinds: Who can find a license that has a G in it? Who can find a license plate whose numbers add up to more than 10?
- Play math word games: Daddy can eat 3 pickles in 5 minutes. How many pickles can he eat in an hour.
- At the grocery store:
- At the bank:
- At the cleaners, ask for a tour of the cleaning and iron machines.
- At the gas station:
- At the post office, ask to see where the letters get sorted.
- At the art museum: Find an artist whose first and last names start with a P and who painted faces with the eyes in funny places. Find a painting that uses only two colors.
- At the Natural History Museum: How many animals can you find which are smaller that you are? Larger? Who has toes? Claws? Whose eyes are on the sides of their heads? Whose are in the front? Who has fur? Hair? Feathers?
- On a nature hike: Find something that an animal might eat. Find evidence that an animal lives there. Find something that grew on a tree. Find something that is crunchy.
- Put on a production. Your child writes the script, recruits the players, and puts on the show. She makes the lists and invites the audiences (homemade invitations), arranges the theater seating, even bakes the reception goodies.
- Hold an art show. Your child is the artist, hangs her work in the home “gallery.” She creates and distributes the invitations; she cooks the reception goodies.
- Hold a recital. Your child can perform his talent-a drum show, piano recital, karate demonstration. He makes his guest lists, invitations, and reception treats. He arranges the room and the audience seats.
- Hold a creative writing/poetry reading. Your child creates the invitations, the program, the setting, the reception.
- Build something from scratch — a skate board ramp, a doll bed, a mouse house. Anything that requires thought, planning, directions, supplies, and elbow grease will keep your child's wheels turning.
- Start any kind of a collection-rocks, shells, coins, stamps, baseball cards. The organization and categorization (and storage) require plenty of skill.
- Pay your bills with your child, letting him see what things cost and how you do it.
- Invite your child to cook with you-measuring is a math skill.
- Ask your child to help you clean out or organize almost anything! Sorting, alphabetizing, categorizing take thought and effort.
- Hold a gargage sale of your child's possessions of his choice. He makes the signs, prices the items, organizes the event, runs the bank…and counts his money made!