Schools out and it’s time for everyone in the family to relax and take in the long, hot summer days, but according to the National Summer Learning Association, on average, kids lose 2.6 months of math skills over summer break — some lose even more. Young learners lose, on average, a month or more of spelling skills, the second highest loss in any area.

This summer let’s shake things up. Let’s have fun with the kiddos, but let’s use this time to learn something new too. Here are eight fun ideas to help keep your kids educationally engaged:

  1. Make paper airplanes and measure how far they fly.
  2. Take the family to a live performance. Attending a family-friendly event in your community is a great way to teach your child about the performing arts.
  3. Take a learning adventure to community events or destinations such as Renaissance festivals, botanical gardens, county fairs, living history farms, historic battlefields, or outdoor concerts.
  4. Get out in nature and explore. Stop by your local library and check out a book on birds and while you’re out in nature, try to identify as many birds as you can.
  5. Explore a local farmer’s market. Meet the farmers, try a new fruit or vegetable, and learn more about local farming.
  6. Bake cookies and let the kids do all the work. Double the recipe to help brush up on their math skills.
  7. Read a Book. Whether it’s their required summer reading book, comic book, joke books, movie reviews, or one of our Zoonicorn stories, get them reading something every day. And it’s okay to read to them, as long as you are reading.
  8. Build something. Get out the Legos, K’NEX, Tinkertoys, or Erector sets and go crazy. When boys and girls build something, they benefit from the process of building a structure because it involves motor skills, creativity, hand-eye coordination, critical thinking, math skills, problem-solving, and spatial awareness.

What fun ways or learning adventures are you taking your kids on this summer? Join the conversation and share your ideas on how you’re keeping your kids educationally connected with us over on our Facebook page.