Clever Ideas for Smart Summertime Fun!

Critical - posted on 05/22/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Summertime is around the corner, in addition to outside activities it is also important to keep your child's mind sharp. Here are some fun, educational tips/ activities that parents can participate with their child too.
Tip #1: Swap a bedtime story with a quick riddle or two from Dr. DooRiddles and watch your child's imagination take off! He or she will be actively engaged in deductive reasoning, figuring out all those clues! An amazing resource, these creative riddles develop fluency, understanding of word meanings and associations, and improve both spelling and vocabulary.

Tip #2: After dinner is an excellent time for quick, family-friendly games and to encourage a life-long love of learning. Fun for all ages, Think-A-Grams verbal picture puzzles will have the whole family laughing and shouting answers to these familiar idioms, clichés, and common phrases. These engaging verbal picture puzzles will connect and sharpen students’ left-brain (memory) and right-brain (symbolic/pictorial) thinking.

Tip #3: Interactive media (PC, online, console, and video games) whether we like it or not, is the wave of the future. We highly recommend joining the fun and choosing a game that mixes game time with brain time. Challenge your child to a two-player game of Think Ahead Games software. It's guaranteed to be fun and challenging for a multitude of skill levels.

Tip #4: Constantly amaze your little one with quick and simple experiments that model scientific principles. Introduce the physics of inertia with a few nickels, or the wonders of floating with only a paper clip! Developing Critical Thinking through Science is chock-full of great teaching ideas and experiments certain to inspire your growing scientist.

Tip #5: Host a "Game Party/ BBQ" with friends and neighbors—and their kids! Make up your own rules and be creative! Host a Mind Benders® Oylmpics, Red Herring Mysteries game show, or an Academic Challenge Cup! Whether played competitively or just for fun, the social atmosphere is great for kids, and the adults can play, too!
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Charlotte - posted on 09/27/2012

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Love those ideas! Even though it's no longer summer it's always nice to switch things up a bit:) You should also check out CHALK videos on YouTube for fun little songs and games for little ones!

Charlotte - posted on 09/27/2012

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Love those ideas! Even though it's no longer summer it's always nice to switch things up a bit:) You should also check out CHALK videos on YouTube for fun little songs and games for little ones!

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