Your summer may look very different from my family’s summer.
In our family, I get to stay home with our kids. Although that is wonderful, they are not going to fun summer camps where there are field trips weekly. It is not in our finances for me to be taking our kids on weekly field trips, and I can’t drive the whole month of June because of my shoulder surgery.
Something I also had to get used to in moving to Florida is the Florida heat. Because of the heat, humidity, and rain, we don’t go outside much in the summer. When we lived in the North, the kids would ride their bikes, jump on the trampoline, go to the park, and many other outside activities. About the only thing you can do outside in Florida in the summer is swim, and we don’t have a pool (although we do have friends who have pools.)
So what are the kids going to do all summer?
Again, I am in a little bit of a different situation than many people unless they homeschool their children. I am the teacher of a little church school of only 7 children — 4 of whom are my own children. With my two youngest children, I have started science with them over the summer to take the load off of everything I have to teach next school year. I am also doing math with my youngest as she needs some extra practice in that subject.
My oldest two are still finishing up some school subjects. My oldest works about 25 hours a week, is doing Drivers Ed, and will be doing a Lifeguard Certification class. Her summer is full. My third kid would gladly read all day. But my two youngest — if I don’t keep them busy, they could be on a computer or a device all day long.
Here’s what we have found to fill our daily activities:
- some school work
- One daily cleaning activity — we have deep cleaned bedrooms, cleaned out some kitchen drawers, laundry, and more
- swimming once a week at a friend’s house
- having a couple of friends over about once a week
- book study once a week
- daily reading time
- playing card games together
The nice thing about living in today’s world is that there are a ton of resources that are fun and educational.
Just doing a quick search on the internet will offer thousands of workbooks and other resources that can be bought. But what will hold your child’s interest? What resources are worth it?
I get emails all the time asking me to review items. Today, I’ll share just a few items that I have recently received that I found as fun and educational options that will help my kids stay off devices. All of the items I received below in exchange for an honest review. These are my own opinions and I received no additional monetary compensation.
Join the Quarto STEAM Club!
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.
Join the club by signing up for the bi-monthly Quarto STEAM Club e-newsletter and you will receive:
- Quarto STEAM Club book and toy recommendations chosen by a panel of STEAM experts
- A discount coupon for 40% off the Quarto STEAM Club book picks on Quartoknows.com
- Free STEAM activity downloads
- Printable Quarto STEAM Club kid-member certificate
- STEAM activity videos
- Access to a dedicated private Facebook group for members to share tips and trick
Here are the some of the STEAM items I received from Quarto Steam Club.
You can get any of them from Quarto Knows, and as a free member of their club, you get a discount coupon for 40% off the Quarto STEAM Club book picks.
- STEAM Play & Learn: 20 Fun Projects
- Creative Adventures in Cursive: 22 fun and colorful ways to use cursive
- The School of Numbers: 40 lessons in understanding the basic principles of mathematics for ages 7-11. Each lesson has a practical application that makes concepts easy to understand.
- Excellent Engineering: 35 fun experiments for young engineers to do at home. Includes step-by-step illustrations.
- Curious Creatable Creatures: 22 projects that are customizable and can be remade again and again.
- Tiny Science!: 20 precision science instruments in a custom case that you can take on-the-go.
If regular crafts are something that would interest your child, check out Quarto Knows book, 100 Things to Recycle and Make.
Summer is a perfect time to finally be able to do some crafts with your child. Or they may be able to do the crafts all by themselves if they have the materials and the book.
Each section in the book is dedicated to a different base object: cardboard boxes; paper plates; cardboard tubes; materials from nature; and egg cartons. There are twenty projects per section. These projects are so cute, and the directions are easy to follow.
Then there is a smaller craft book called Make in a Day: Crafts for Kids.
This book includes 15 fast and easy projects. All of the projects are different from each other, so there should be something that will interest in someone.
Maybe your kid isn’t a crafty kid or a STEAM kind-of kid. Then go with a book like Quarto’s Watch Me Read and Grow Dinosaur book.
It’s a step by step drawing and story book that has a flip out drawing pad and over 30 stickers! I thought it was pretty cool! You can preview it HERE.
I get to offer these last 3 books as giveaways! One winner will receive all 3 books!
Creative K Kids is not responsible for the fulfillment of this prize. Winner must reside in the Unites States. He/she will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond to the email with a mailing address or a new winner will be chosen.a Rafflecopter giveaway
How do you keep your kids off devices in the summertime?
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