Summer Experiences = Valuable Mental Development
Posted in Child Care
It's mid-summer and with the warmer days things can get a little slow. What a great time to explore new territory, try some new things and imagine new worlds! It's important for kids to stay physically busy and mentally active when school's out. In fact, experiencing new things during the summer break is as valuable to the brain development process as formal classroom training - and it can be a lot of fun!
So, in the hopes of providing a little impulse-inducing stimulus, share our summer 9 fun brain-engaging experiences with your kid:
Imagine Yourself As Another PersonStep out of your shoes and pretend that you're another person. Maybe it's your mom, dad, sister, brother or grandparent. Maybe a famous person from history, the president, a famous athlete or actor. Or maybe it's someone you see every day like your mail carrier, store clerk or teacher.
Go to http://www.thefamouspeople.com and explore the stories of some of the famous people from history and imagine yourself as those people.
Find A Great BookNothing stretches the imagination like a great book. Here are five resources to find the perfect book:
PBS Parents Bookfinder
Books by age, book theme or keyword.
Oprah Kids' Reading List
Books for early readers to age 12 and up.
International Reading Association
Books selected from kids, teachers and librarians from around the US.
Seattle Public Library
Books for new readers, independent readers, award winning books and books from the Global Reading Challenge.
HarperCollins Parents Choice and Awards Book Finder
Books that have won prestigious awards such as Parents Choice, Newbery Medal, Caldecott, National Book Award. Over 40 award categories to choose from.
Discover a new fruitHave you ever noticed how many fruits there are in the produce section of the grocery store that you've never even tried? Try a new one today!
Visit Uwajimaya where you'll find an incredible assortment of unique and exotic Asian produce.
Visit a Park You've Never ExploredToday's the day to explore a park that you've never been to before.
Go a little further and explore the National Park Service's Web Ranger Site.
GO TO COLLEGETake a virtual campus tour.
Have Fun With MathOnline math games are a great way to stay mentally sharp while having fun. Here are nine sites to challenge your abilities:
See how long it would take you to count to a billion.
Invent SomethingEverything we have was invented by someone. Why not be the next person to invent something cool? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
For inspiration, check out this year's Google Doodle winners. Each year, Google asks kids in kindergarten through high school to draw the next Google Doodle and win a scholarship. This year, the theme was inventions to make the world a better place.
Explore the WorldHow much do you know about the world? Go to http://lizardpoint.com/geography and take a quiz and test your knowledge.
Want to have fun learning more about the world and the people and animals in it? Check out National Geographic Kids.
Try Some New Experiences On the CheapEnjoy some of the best that greater Seattle offers - all at wallet-friendly prices. Again this year, the YMCA has picked the best options for you and your family to enjoy inexpensive family fun. Now get out and explore!