When your kids are home during the summer, it can sometimes be tough to come up with constructive ways to fill their time. Here are several ideas of engaging activities that will not only give everyone something to do but also help kids with math and reading.
This enjoyable and delicious activity incorporates math when you let your children measure out the ingredients. It’s an excellent way to make the use of fractions practical and easy to understand. Eliminating one or two measuring cups—using two quarter-cups instead of one half-cup, for example—encourages them to add or subtract fractions to get the correct amount of ingredients. Letting them read the recipe and follow directions is both practical and a good way to stretch their vocabulary.
Plant anything from flowers to a few vegetables to an herb garden and make it a math project by letting the kids count the seeds and measure the growth of the plants each week. Give it an extra boost by helping your children record the growth on a bar graph. It can be a reading project if you ask them to read the planting and care instructions on the seed packets. You can also have them look up more specific care information online and write out a list of instructions for daily upkeep.
The grocery store can be one of the best places for kids to learn practical math and reading skills. Give your children a list of grocery items you need and a budget they have to stay within. They will learn how to read labels as well as add and subtract using decimal points. For older children, have them compare things like the price of differently sized containers or different brands. Ask them to figure out how much an item will cost if they take into account a sale or coupon.
Math and reading opportunities abound when you play a board game. A game is like an undercover math program for kids. Have the kids read the rules and establish the goal of the game. Then let them count the number of spaces they move, add dice rolls together, and keep score. Because they are focused on the fun of the game, they may discover that math isn’t so bad after all. Bonus points if you choose a game that involves reading and phonics by focusing on using specific words or letters.
As you create a scavenger hunt for your children, choose items that involve numbers, like “five pairs of black socks” or “16 flower petals” to develop math skills. Have them read the list themselves to grow their reading ability. You can also incorporate reading by including something on the list that requires letter recognition such as a cleaning product with the letter j, q, or x on the label.
You and your children can enjoy time together with these interactive and educational activities. Best in Class Education Center has even more ideas about how to make the most of your summer. With programs available to assist your child with both math and reading, visit our website to find the location nearest you and help your child move forward prepared.