We love traveling with our boys in the summer and we are always on-the-go. But that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. We set aside time every day for reading and some type of learning activity. I think that learning while exploring is the best way!
There are so many ways to challenge the kids’ minds during the summer days when you are away from home.
Recently, we took a family trip with one of our close friends and their kids to Jamaica. It was the first time our kids (4 of them) went to an island and we had a great time. While it’s summer and I wanted them to enjoy their vacation, I also didn’t want them to go an entire week without reading or doing some type of learning activity.
All summer long the PBS Parents team will bring you ideas for boredom busting fun and hands-on learning to stop that pesky summer slide. As part of the PBS VIP (Very Involved Parent) program, I was sent a summer learning kit before we went away. It was filled with tips, activities, games, books, and more!
So I thought…why not bring some of this with us to do learning on vacation?
I packed a few of the Carson-Dellosa learning books, “Big Summer” activity booklets, and learning cards for the kids.
When the kids got bored, I pulled them out and they happily (to my surprise) worked on their activity books. The kit came with books for different ages/grades, so each child was able to do an activity book for their level.
We host a lot of summer pool parties and play dates so I decided that I’ll use my summer learning kit all summer long. After the kids swim, I’ll set up an “activity” station for them. There’s also fun craft ideas like designing your own Penny Boat that will keep the kids engaged. It gets the kids to learn about boats and how to design one that will hold more cargo. Plus, you can turn this into a money math game without them even knowing they are learning something new!
There are also lots of FREE apps to help you can keep your kids engaged with educational content at no cost:
PBSKIDS.org: This is the home of hundreds of educationally based games teaching everything from math and engineering to social skills and reading.
PBSKIDS.org/lab: Stop by the PBS KIDS lab to see how it all fits together and learn how to use multiple games and video to help your kids learn early math and language skills.
PBSKIDS.org/learn: The home base for the PBS KIDS Big Summer resources, you can find daily tips, suggested games and video and more.
PBSKIDS.org/mobile: A round-up of PBS KIDS apps that help kids develop skills in areas like math, science, reading and more.
PBSParents.org: PBS’s own home for parenting tips, ideas, video and more… get inspired!
How do you keep your kids learning while traveling?
Disclosure: I received a summer learning kit with materials to host a summer reading party as a PBS Kids Very Important Parent. No compensation was received to host a party. As usual, all opinions are my own. Read Life Without Pink’s full disclosure here.