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Summer Learning Activities

Wondering what to do with your young child at home all summer? We’ve compiled a list of fun AND educational activities you can do for free or very cheaply with your child this summer that will improve their math, reading, and motor skills.

Visit a farmer’s market

The plethora of fruits and vegetables at markets are great learning tools. Children can learn colors and work on math skills by counting the fruit they help you pick out. Find a farmer’s market near you!

Open a lemonade stand

Make lemonade with your child and let them help you measure and count the ingredients. A lemonade stand is a great opportunity for your kids to work on their money skills, but it’s also a good opportunity for them to make a difference this summer. Work with your children to choose a charity that they really care about, and donate all your earnings!

Go on a nature walk

Create an adventure in your backyard, neighborhood park or the greenbelt. Point out the different kinds of trees, plant and insect life you find with your child.

Take a tour

How do doughnuts get their holes? Where does the mail in the mailbox go? How do farmers milk so many cows? You and your child can discover the answers by going behind the scenes at a doughnut shop, post office, or dairy. Just ask your local proprietors. They may be willing to allow chaperoned children to pay a visit and see all that goes on in their busy workplace.

Put on a puppet show

This project will spark creativity. Read an age-appropriate book with your child. Then, using paper lunch bags, pipe cleaners, markers and other craft items, create puppets of the main characters and act out the story you just read together.

Visit a museum

Mobile has several options for children to continue their learning throughout the summer. Bring out their inner artist with Mobile Museum of Art. Take a walk through history with the History Museum of Mobile. Learn about the oceans at GulfQuest. Bring out their inner scientist at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. See what lives in the water at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

At-home Olympics

To get your child excited about the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, host a competition of your own.

Count together to see how many times your child can jump over a jumprope or make a rotation with a hula hoop. Using painters tape, create a “balance beam” on the ground to work on motor skills or put on some music and come up with a gymnastics floor routine. Help your child use construction paper and ribbon to create medals for the different categories.

Blow bubbles

Make homemade Bubble Solution and experiment with such unique Bubble-Blowing Tools as strings, milk containers, and garbage can lids.

Scavenger hunt

Create a checklist of basic categories of things to find around the house. For example, some items on the list to find may include “something red” or “something shaped like a square.” The possibilities are endless and you can incorporate a variety of skill-building.

Beat the heat

Set up a baby pool or plastic tub outside and fill it with water, measuring cups and plastic toys to practice counting. You can also add food coloring to the water to make it even more fun and eye-catching.

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