4 Creative Ways to Keep Your Child Learning This Summer

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With children’s attention spans often being compared to that of a goldfish, we as parents know how hard it is to grab and hold their attention. And when your aim is to make your child learn, you are always playing catch-up with them. Just when you thought this new puzzle could be your child’s next go-to game, you realise your child has already moved on. Now, with parents and teachers continuously looking for newer ways to hold children’s attention and make them learn, the need for creative ways to do so has never been greater. To top it, summer is around the corner, which means more time to bond with your child, zillion things to learn over the summer, and ample opportunities to help your child avoid the much-dreaded summer slide.

The Internet is brimming with ideas on how to continue to learn over summer vacation. However, you should choose what resonates with you and your child. As a starting point, here are four creative, fun math activities for summer that are sure to keep your child engaged and learning.

A. Cook and Learn

Cooking offers ample opportunities to hone your child's math skills

Cooking offers ample opportunities to hone your child’s math skills.

Introduce children to the world of cakes and bakes by sharing their favorite recipes with them and familiarizing them with math concepts and math vocabulary.

  • Show them a one-pound bag of sugar and let them feel the weight. Measure out a cup of sugar and ask them to estimate how many such cups can be filled.

  • You could also pull out a simple recipe and ask them to make the dish for double the number of people. Now ask them to double the quantity of each ingredient.

  • Employ cookie cutters to teach your child fun shapes and fractions. Have them count the number of corners and edges to make them learn the properties of different shapes.

These are only a few ways you can combine summer learning for kids with cooking. Irrespective of the way you choose, the experience will always be a yummy, learning one.

B. Holiday and Number Sense

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Children love to feel they are making big decisions and are controlling a situation. Fuel their ability to make informed decisions by making them in-charge of your family vacation this summer.

  • For older children (grades 3-5), have them look up the distance to the destination and calculate the gas required. You could also ask them to calculate the amount of money required to buy that quantity of gas.

  • For younger children (grades K-2), simple license plate games can be super fun. Everyone chooses a car type or color and notes down the number on the plate. Then, each person adds the digits and the one with the greatest number is declared the winner.

  • You could also take children along when buying food on the way. Hand them the cash, let them know the cost of a burger, and ask them how much change to expect.

C. Everyday Math Fun

Children learn best when they do not know they’re learning. Try to integrate some math learning in their everyday activities. Involve them in your routine tasks such as grocery shopping, gardening, fetching the mail from the mailbox, taking care of your pet, and so on.

  • When out grocery shopping, have your child read out the quantity and price on the labels and ask them questions such as which one is cheaper or costlier. You could also ask them which box of cereal is bigger. For older kids, asking them to compare deals could be fun and challenging.

  • Take your child out on a pizza treat and have fun with fractions. Ask your child what fraction one slice of pizza makes or how many slices are required to make up half a pizza. You could also make your child do simple addition or subtraction by asking how many drinks to order if everyone wants one.

  • If board games are your child’s thing, go ahead and stock up on Mathopoly, Sequence Numbers, Zeus on the Loose, et al. Besides being an entertaining pastime, these games also help polish your child’s number sense.

D. Enroll in a Summer Program

To help children master last year’s concepts and prepare them for next grade, a fun summer program is a good idea. These programs usually provide math summer worksheets that are part of a summer lesson plan that kids can do online. However, as a parent, identifying a program that caters to the specific requirements of your child may not be an easy task. Here are some things you can keep in mind when choosing a summer program:

  • Look for a program that is personalized and can identify areas where your child needs improvement.

  • The program shouldn’t be a boring, all-work-no-play kind. We are talking about the summer vacations, and it is unfair to burden your child with rigorous practice during this time. A good summer program is fun and breezy and keeps the vacation mood going.

  • Find a program that provides something extra that your child does not get to do during regular school days, for example, activities that can challenge your child and take their understanding to the next level.

  • Many parents take the summer vacations as an opportunity to take a break themselves and plan to travel during this time. A program that allows offline access can help you mix a little bit of math fun to your holiday as well.

Splash Math Summer Program is an exciting package of engaging content that fulfills most parents’ needs. Learn more about the program here.