Summer and slides go together like peanut butter and jelly. Slides at the Water Park. Slip’n Slides in the backyard. The trusty ol’ slide at the local park. Kids love slides!
It’s known as the Summer Slide and it refers to kids losing academic skills and knowledge over the summer break when they are out of school and not engaged in educational activities.
After a long school year, kids have earned some well-deserved downtime, however, parents may want to provide some additional fun activities that will also keep kids' brains busy and active so they can stay off the summer slide!
With summer in full swing, here’s a quick list of some fun ideas for parents to help kids avoid the summer slide.
The benefits of reading are well-known and it’s easy to stay in practice during the school year. During summer break, encourage your kids to read regularly. For young kids, be sure to continue reading to them often and every night, even if they stay up a little late. Reading is the most suggested activity to beat the summer slide. Check out Reading Rocket Summer Reading Booklists for ideas.
There are so many wonderful museums out there that you can easily find a handful near you to visit this summer. In addition to well-known ones, there are lots of funky and fun museums of all kinds to keep kids entertained. Here’s a comprehensive list of museums in the USA.
Research has shown that if elementary school kids play board games just twice a week, they will have an increase in brain speed scores of 27-32%. There are lots of good summer games to grab, but be sure to include some that engage the brain so kids can have fun keeping their minds sharp. Our award-winning board game, Brain Freeze, uses strategic thinking, memory, deduction and logic as kids race to correctly guess their opponent’s secret sweet treat. In addition, consider visiting The Toy Insider for more great board game suggestions.
This is a cool way to keep kids in the practice of writing during the summer months while helping them make lasting memories of their summer activities and adventures. Encourage your kids to start a journal and empower them with a healthy writing habit they can benefit from for years to come. For 32 sensational summer writing prompts visit Journal Buddies.
Even if you can only make it out the backyard, squeeze in some camping this summer to give kids a chance to connect with the outdoors. From gazing at stars to running free in a natural space, camping offers lots of learning opportunities while sparking a healthy sense of adventure. The folks at REI have some helpful tips for camping with kids.