15 Summer Learning Activities

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Summer can be a tricky time of the year for parents, as it's sometimes challenging to keep children entertained in a productive way. With summer on the horizon, we thought we’d compile a list of some of the best summer activities which will exercise your child’s body and mind!

1. Start a family and friends book club

Engaging in educational discussions about your child’s favorite books can be a fun way to get them to read more without even realising it! Invite friends and family to participate in this activity by either setting up an in-person or online book club! Choose whether to read the same book and discuss it with the group or to read different books and share views and opinions every time you meet!

2. Get your child to start a blog

Starting a blog can be a very effective way to encourage your child to develop a passion for writing. Please note that not all online blogging platforms are suitable for children, so make sure that you find an appropriate website for your child to use!

Top Tip: Did you know that Night Zookeeper has an exclusive blog page which allows children to publish their work publicly while maintaining their online privacy and safety? Try this feature for free today!

3. Write and illustrate your own book!

Whether your child is an amazing author or an awesome artist, they’ll love this activity! This is a great activity to do outdoors too, as the fresh air may bring a new wave of inspiration! Writing and illustrating an original book can be as educational or as creative as you want it to be - you can give your child some starting ideas (such as a particular character or setting) or simply let your child’s imagination run wild and enjoy the final product!

4. Encourage educational screen time

Unfortunately, summer days aren’t always sunny and we know it’s always a good idea to have an indoor activity lined up for the not-so-summery days. While some may be somewhat against screen time, it can actually provide your child with endless entertainment (and more freedom for you)! Having said this, it’s important to consider the type of screen time your child is exposed to. Encouraging educational screen time can have a positive impact on your child’s skills development, as it can help them improve concentration and focus while working on the topics at hand. For example, Night Zookeeper offers a fun and engaging approach to learning, using games, challenges and interactive lessons to capture your child’s attention without making them feel like they’re studying!

5. Visit a museum

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? What about paintings and other historical relics? We know we do! Visiting a museum can be both entertaining and educational and an overall fantastically fun day out for the whole family!

6. Go to the library

Books offer true escapism from the real world and allow us to travel to faraway lands without even leaving your home! Visiting your local library can really transform your reluctant reader into a book fanatic, and it’s a great way to discover new genres and authors!

Top tip: next time you visit your local library, get your child to pick out a book they think you’d like, and offer to do the same for them. This is a wonderful way to bond with your child and an awesome way to step out of your literary comfort zone!

7. Outdoor portraits

Ready, set, paint! Set up an outdoor painting studio and take turns painting the world around you! You can get your child to paint a portrait of you, of themselves, of an animal or of whatever they see - we guarantee hours of wholesome fun!

8. Organize your very own Summer Learning Olympics!

Calling all athletes! A little friendly competition can create drive and motivation and we think this is a very effective way to get your child ready for the upcoming academic year! Set up different games, quizzes and competitions and arrange different prizes for each activity. The athlete with the most wins should be crowned the ultimate Summer Learning Olympics winner at the end of the school break!

If this sounds like a little too much work, did you know that Night Zookeeper hosts weekly competitions and regular giveaways? You can get started here.

9. Family Game Night

Is your family a little competitive? Host your own family game night! This could be a quiz, a board game or a videogame battle - the choice is yours!

10. Summer Arts and Crafts

Handmade flower crowns, paper windmills and summer collages are just a few of the arts and crafts ideas that you can set up for your child to do this summer.

11. Plant a tree!

Children should learn the importance of nurturing nature from a very young age, so what better than planting a tree (or a smaller plant)? Not only will this activity teach your child to care for the environment, but it can also help them develop useful motor skills!

12. Stay active - physically and mentally

Exercise has endless benefits and it’s capable of improving both physical and mental health. Regular exercise will boost coordination, balance, cognitive function, reflexes, and many other skills which are normally not linked to physical movement. Whether you try out yoga or gymnastics, we highly encourage you and your child to be active this summer!

13. Take a day trip to your local zoo (even if it’s the Night Zoo)!

We can learn a lot from animals, and who doesn’t love a trip to the zoo? Paying a visit to all the wonderful creatures who inhabit your local zoo sure is fun for the whole family and it’s definitely an educational experience for the little ones! No zoo? No problem! In this case, your child can create their own zoo on Nightzookeeper.com and create special animals to populate the enclosures!

14. Go shopping!

We know, we know - taking your child to the grocery store can be a pretty terrible idea sometimes, however the key here is to keep them entertained! Take your child along next time you do your weekly or monthly shop and encourage them to list the items you pick out verbally and in written form.

Top tip: don’t forget to take a notebook and pen!

15. Write in the sand

While this activity may not be available to everyone, we thought it still deserves an honorable mention in this list. Get your child to write out words or sentences in the sand on your next trip to the beach - not only is this a different seaside activity, but it’s also a great way for younger children to develop pre-writing skills and to improve overall motor skills.

BONUS Activity

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We hope you find this list of summer learning activities useful and that you give some (or all) of these a go! As always, you can share your thoughts on this article with us via email at [email protected], or reach out to us on our social media channels:

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