7 Summer Family Activities with Kids

7 Summer Family Acitivities with Children

It can be very easy for families to go separate directions during the summer. Kids disappear into their peer groups, parents become consumed with lawn care and chauffeuring said children to various sleepovers, camps, activities. Keep your family working and playing together with some of these great family summer activities! 

Cook together
Cooking a meal together is a great way to bond as a family this summer and fall. Sneak in a math lesson by letting the kids help you work out measurements, set an example for eating a healthy diet by preparing lots of fruits, vegetables and healthy meats, and you can support your community by purchasing local produce when possible.

Go backyard camping
Camping, a quintessential summer activity can be difficult to do if there are younger children in the family. Eliminate some of that hassle by keeping your trip close to home – right in your backyard! Set up a tent and use a store bought fire pit to roast marshmallows. You can also make a pretend one with paper, colored cellophane, and a flashlight.

Capture the flag and other team sports
Even-numbered families can feed their competitive sides by splitting up for team sports! Capture the flag is a great game for kids of all ages, while games like flag football are great for families with older children.

Eat exotic Ready for a night out?
Broaden your worldview by choosing a restaurant that serves cuisine not native to your area. Make the night educational by reading together about your food's country of origin and the culture it comes from.

Give back to your community and teach your family the importance of getting involved! Animal lovers can donate their time to dog shelters, nature fans can get involved in a community gardening project, bookworms can volunteer at the local library; there are plenty of options available for this family summer activity that combines the best of bonding and contributing to your community.

Visit a zoo or museum
Nothing beats the look on a child's face the first time they see a real elephant, or for older kids and art or history lovers, a piece of moving artwork or world history. Visiting venues like zoos and museums is a great family activity that is both fun and educational.

Get crafting
Create lasting memories with family-made artwork! Crafts that the entire family can participate in, like making a scrapbook or decorating a large canvas for wall art in your family home, let children of all ages participate and leave you with memories and a piece of art that will last a lifetime.

We hope this article inspires you to find something fun and unique to do with your family this summer. If you have any fun family summer activities that you do, please share in the comments and we may feature them in a future article. Thank you for visiting www.KidsDesk.net if you like our site, please bookmark us and tell your family and friends. Have a great week ahead.

Keep Your Kids Learning This Summer

Keep Kids Learning This Summer

To most children, the headline at the start of every summer is that school is out. No more sitting behind a desk and memorizing facts, no more getting up early and spending sunny days indoors; it’s no wonder that they seem uninterested in anything resembling school once that final bell of the year rings. What are we to do, then, as parents who want to encourage our children to keep learning? I think the answer is in the question: children are all born scientists, experimenting and testing everything in order to learn about the world they live in. We don’t have to tell them to keep learning, they’ve got that covered. All we have to do is direct those constantly open, absorbent minds toward something productive. Here are some ideas for where to aim to help them get the most out of their minds.

1. Math
You’re probably thinking that no child wants to spend their summer break working on math homework. You’re probably right, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to keep their skills sharp during the holiday! Your littlest ones will have a blast painting small stones in different colors, then organizing them by shape, color, and pattern into numbered groups. Sneak in math lessons with bigger kids by paying them by the hour or chore for house or yard work, then show them how to budget and save that money for something they really want. Teenagers, miniature adults that they are, can even be allowed to help out with larger tasks like managing the grocery budget, with a little guidance of course. They’ll be keeping their mathematical minds fresh, and learning an important life skill!

2. Science
It’s incredibly easy to keep science on your kids’ minds during the summer, because science is everywhere! It’s what and how we live, so try pulling your environment into the lesson with fun projects like gardening, or going on a “bug safari” to learn about the tiny critters making a home of your yard! Live in the city? Try an ant or worm farm for younger kids, or a terrarium for your future botanist. In between projects, try to find an interactive science museum in your area; they’re hands-on fun for all ages, and everyone comes out knowing just a little bit (or a whole lot!) more than they did before.

3. English
Instill a love for language in your children by reading to them early and often; it’s a great bonding tool and an even better way to keep them learning during the summer. As they get older, you can help them improve by allowing them to read to you, and then on their own. Also work in everyday vocabulary lessons by using your “big” words around them, pausing here and there to discuss what those words mean! Older children can be encouraged to practice using more complex synonyms on their own, and as high schoolers, they can use that expanded vocabulary to write scholarship essays and pave an easier road to a successful future.

4.  Social studies
Traveling is a great way to expand your child’s world perspective and teach them about culture and geography, but it’s certainly not necessary. To your youngest children, even playing with a diverse group of children in a park or a daycare center is a lesson in culture and social skills. Bigger kids can supplement those basic lessons with trips to museums, where they can learn about the history of all sorts of cultures. High school students can use the open-minded compassion they learned from expanding their minds early on to spend time volunteering in their communities or even abroad!

5. Art
Who doesn’t love a good art project? Little ones can work on projects as simple as coloring with sidewalk chalk or as complex as guided art projects teaching about artistic techniques; a mosaic, for example, could be made from tiny torn pieces of colored construction paper! Bigger kids can visit art museums, express themselves and record what they learned in an art journal, learn to play a musical instrument, or attend arts events. Some communities to a yearly outdoor symphony during the summer; what does your community do to encourage the arts?

6. Life sciences
All we have to do to encourage our kids to learn life sciences during the summer is allow them to participate in life! Introduce little ones to concepts like hygiene and basic food groups like fruits, vegetables and grains. Elementary school children can learn about the food pyramid, or if there’s one near you, visit a farm and find out where your food comes from! Bigger kids can learn to prepare meals for themselves, manage portion sizes, and learn to read and decode food labels.

Summer doesn’t have to mean a stagnant mind. There are opportunities to learn everywhere you turn and your children are eager to take advantage of them, even when they think they’re not. Unlock their potential by keeping their minds awake year-round and watch them bloom!

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7 Apps to Help Kids with Math

Math Apps for Kids

There are kids in the world who genuinely enjoy learning about math. They like the definitiveness of the subject, the challenge of learning a purely logical thing, that it’s the same in every language. That’s a wonderful thing for those kids, but I was not one of them growing up. I’d open a math book and I didn’t even have to pretend to snore; I was over it before the work had even begun. Luckily, today’s parents have a secret weapon that can make even long division seem like fun: The App Store. I’ve tapped into this educational goldmine, and compiled this list of my top seven apps to help your kids get their math on.

Mathmateer, $0.99
A one stop shop for all things number-oriented, this game is targeted at kids aged 3 to 6 and frankly, it’s awesome. More creative kids will get a kick out of completing math challenges in order to save up coins used for building their own rocket ship. Skills covered range from pattern and shape recognition and telling time to square roots and fraction problems.

Counting Caterpillar, $1.99
My daughter’s personal favorite, Counting Caterpillar is fun to look at and to play. My daughter loves the caterpillars and butterflies in the game and can’t get enough of feeding the caterpillar. Targeted at the 4 to 5 age group, the object of the game is to catch aphids in the correct numerical order. Earning butterflies moves you up to the next level, through level 45!

Peter Pig's Money Coin Counter - FREE on Android
Had this cool app been around when I was young, I wouldn’t keep mixing up nickels and dimes! This app was created by Visa as a way to teach kids all about United States currency. Peter Pig teaches the player facts about currency while they complete tasks like counting, sorting and deciding on the value of coins. Targeted at the 4 to 7 age group, Peter Pig’s Money Coin Counter is a great way to teach kids about coins, without the mess of dirty coins everywhere.

Fruity Fractions, $2.99
Fractions are difficult for many, many kids to get their minds around. Make them a little easier to understand with Fruity Fractions, a game that uses visual representations to make help kids understand what those tricky problems look like in a more “real life” context! Each task comes with a lesson that helps kids understand what they’re learning in that level and how it translates back to math. A beautiful solution to the problem many children have in translating math problems to life and back again.

Math Duel, $2.99
Competitive kids will love Math Duel. It allows them to compete with other players using skills they already know! The game uses addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to test speed and accuracy.

Dexteria Dots, $2.99
Highly interactive and tactile, Dexteria Dots allows the player to manipulate dots on the screen, sized according to the value of their assigned number. Players can visualize concepts of addition and subtraction, greater than and less than, and general number sense by slicing off pieces of dots and adding them to the other dots. Great for young children and students struggling with foundational math concepts.

Numbers at Home, $2.99
Numbers at Home is a bilingual app that allows children to hone their counting, addition and subtraction skills in both English and Spanish. Positive reinforcement encourages kids to move through two levels of play in six different games, offering words of encouragement for every correct tap and movement.

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App Review: Preschool Academy

Preschool Academy Educational App

Price: $2.99 | Category: Games | Released 1.09.2014

As we start the New Year, you might be considering some new fun and educational apps that you can load onto your iOS device, The Preschool Academy App is an ideal app that allows young children to engage and remain engaged a fun learning activity. We love this app for a number of reasons and think you will too. Today, it’s important to create apps that are educational and entertaining. The Preschool Academy App has a focus on cognitive skills and childhood development. The idea is the help children engage in a learning activity while learning to produce and organize new information.

Children learning to discover have a natural and intuitive way to learn by touch and repetition activities.
The Preschool Academy app is split into 4 “worlds” that react in four different improving levels, sweets, monsters, musical instruments and robots. Each world has a different experience and every activity engages the user ins a way that easy and fun to use. As we know, early education begins with eye and hand recognition and basic visual skills. The ability to utilize logical thinking and observation along with memory and listening skills is key in this app.
Some of the best features that we like are shadow games, mazes, puzzles, and object connection situations. The objects on the screen combined with memory games set this apart from other apps that you may have tried.

Once children begin to think consistently about numbers and letters, they begin to formulate a way to start learning how to read and write utilizing numbers and the alphabet. This is an exciting time for any parent or teacher.

In one instance, kids get the opportunity to take an adventure around each world that follows a comical and entertaining character who get the chance to fly about from activity to activity who also has an opportunity to obtain a bonus and collect extra energy as well. At the conclusion of every world, children are also presented with a “Certificate of Excellence” which is something parents and educators can certainly appreciate. The Voice over is available in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German!

If you are interested in this app click here to visit iTunes now, Preschool Academy. We hope that you enjoyed this review and if you have any questions or comments, please let us know in the comments section below. We are dedicated to highlighting fun and educational apps that parents and children will love. Thanks for visiting KidsDesk.net.

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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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