5 ways to keep the kids learning over the holidays
So the school holidays are fast approaching and you’re asking yourself how to keep the kids’ brains active and keep them learning over the hols.
Here are 5 tried and tested ways to do just that:
Let them get bored!
Yes, ditch the structure and don’t plan anything. Let them get bored occasionally and I’ll bet that their imaginations will start doing the work to keep their brains active the scenes! While we certainly son’t be banning electronics, turning them off and letting our 8yo ‘be’ will be quite a regular occurrence this Summer.
That said, boredom busters definitely have their place…
We all know those days when bedtime can’t come fast enough (ours not necessarily theirs!). So keep a few easy ideas up your sleeve for the “I’m boooored” moments. Check the local activities for the summer. Many school children receive a kind of activites directory and many of the sessions are drop-ins. Meaning happy kids and peace and quiet for you… for now.
Give them a challenge
From riding a bike to swimming, from reading to tying their shoe laces; being active doesn’t have to mean be physical activity all the time. Maybe they could learn to do some of these challenges, giving them a sense of achievement, building confidence and keeping their brain switched on.
Get them up!
I’m all for lazy mornings in the hols (trust me!) but there are times that the sleeping until lunchtime habit needs to be broken for older children. So give the older children jobs to do with the condition that they’re done in the morning, and maybe even pay them or give them a non-monetary incentive. It’s a really good idea to do this in the last week or so before ‘back to school’ because it gets them used to the idea of getting up and getting going after a long break, and also gets them tired if they’re up ‘early’!
Have a tidy up
This works well for younger children. A good tidy up reveals long-forgotten toys that refresh the imagination and gives you some breathing space in a less cluttered living space. And what do you do with all those toys, you all get out of the 4 walls and take them to the charity shop!
I asked some other bloggers for their thoughts and here are some of their fantastic suggestions:
Jen from Just Average Jen says: My son has always loved to make his own newspaper or guidebook full of things he has found out or enjoyed. He then sells it to people like Grandma and gets extra money to spend!
I love this idea and will definitely be using it, from Victoria at Lylia Rose: My daughter loves the learning workbooks they sell in our local office supplies store. They are for each key state and they have spelling and maths books. She has a word search one at the moment which she finds fun, but it’s aimed at helping with spellings. They’re only a couple of pounds each and she thinks they’re something fun rather than ‘work’!
Rebecca from You Me Raising 3 suggests: Limit screen time as I find this can reduce their motivation to get outside and explore. My kids love experimenting and making things so anything science based is a hit! Ice eggs with dinosaurs in for them to dig out is one activity we will try. wipe clean books to practice letters and numbers are also great (preschool age), taking them out on walks to explore nature and recording what we find.
Finally, Kelly from School Run Shop says let them be: Let them explore – nature, their surroundings, new places. There’s no better learning than letting them just ‘be’.
What would you add? I’d love to know! Comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere .