Summer Bridge Activities for Children

Many parents struggle for ways to keep their children busy during the summer with meaningful activities. However, there are many things parents can do to help their children learn in their own cities, backyard or even home. From reading to field trips, parents have everything they need right at their fingertips.

Read. Make weekly trips to the library to pick out new books or to sign up for a summer reading program. Get books for yourself too! Children learn behavior from their parents. The family can spend a little time every evening reading quietly to themselves or you can read to your child before bed.

Spelling Tip: Create custom spelling lists based on your child's favorite library books.

Visit the Zoo. Most children really love the zoo. Take a moment to learn about some of the zoo animals before going. If your children are young, they can make a mini book about a few of the animals and take it along. When they spot their animal, have them read what they know to you and you can give them a sticker.

Spelling Tip: Create a custom spelling list of favorite zoo animals.

Cooking. Your child can learn a lot about math and measurement by cooking. Have your children help you make cookies or bake a cake. Show them how to follow a recipe. Ask them what the measurements would be if you were to double the recipe.

Math Tip: Practice basic math facts or get math workbooks for kids to stay engaged throughout the summer.

Journal. Give each of your children notebooks for them to write about your various summer activities. If they like, they can write poems or even make up wild and crazy stories about their summer experiences. These will become treasures later, trust me.

There are simply so many activities that can be turned into learning opportunities that it is amazing. From camping to bowling, to fishing to backyard bug hunting, children can learn every step of the way. It doesn't have to be a chore. Set a goal this summer to find ways to make learning fun!