Fun Summer Activities that Develop Your Child’s Brain

Summer is about fun for most kids, but it is also a time when a lot of learning loss takes place, and this is a wide-sweeping loss that affects the child. The solution is to find something that interests your child but also allows some learning to take place.

It is important to note that the idea isn’t to put them back in a classroom situation or force them into arduous learning. Relief from that is, after all, what the vacation is about. But, if they get engaged in fun activities that also let them learn at the same time, then the development of the brain continues, and when the new school year begins, they will be ready for it.

Below are a few summer activities that can develop your child’s brain.

Summer Camp/School

Whether it’s summer camp or summer school, this covers summer learning programs that are so important in child development. The Wallace Foundation released a report about the importance of summer learning programs. It stated that such programs are able to help children and youth improve academic outcomes as well as other outcomes. If nothing else, they allow children to engage in a fun and educational environment.

There are quite a number of interesting summer camps around Charleston, depending on your interest or focus. There are overnight camps as well as day camps. One that might be interesting is Camp Sewee, which is a marine science camp for boys and girls. Then there’s a day camp on Legare Farms, where boys and girls can work on the farm; this sounds like a fun experience. You can check here for lots more options.

Learning an Instrument

Studies say that learning an instrument makes kids smarter, plus it helps with motor coordination and stress. And, if your children are interested in learning an instrument, then it makes things easier by far. If you’re searching for a fun summer activity that your kids will love and will also help in the development of their brain, then picking an instrument to learn is definitely a smart choice.

Journaling

This summer is a good time to introduce your kids to the joy of keeping a journal. It is a great way for them to become more observant of the things that go on around them. While most journaling might be about feelings and things going on inside the child, you can encourage them to write about almost anything. So, if your child is interested in nature and science, she can keep a nature journal and record what she sees around her.

There are many benefits of journaling for kids: it helps them deal with the world around them and make sense of what is going on. Of course, it is also a great way to improve your child’s writing skills and enhance their communication abilities. Journaling is a great way for kids to grow emotionally as well as academically.

Join a Book Club

Whether your child is a book worm or a reluctant reader, joining a book club can be a way to open up a whole new world of reading for the child. The wonderful thing about book clubs is that they introduce kids to new books and to potential friends. There is something about sharing a story with others that enhances the experience. There are so many studies that show how reading improves a child’s brain development.

If you’re searching for a good book club for your child to join, the public library is a good place to start. However, you could always start one yourself with these guidelines on how to start a book club for kids. Of course, it is important to be sure that your child is interested in being part of a book club before signing him up for one, or it could be a frustrating exercise.

Learn a Skill

Learning a skill, particularly a life skill, is a great way to keep your child occupied during the summer months. It is also an activity that will help develop the child’s brain and one that will come in handy later in life. Some of these life skills include critical thinking, communication, focus and self-control, as well as self-defense, basic first aid, time management, decision making, budgeting, and many others.

Experts have advised that it is important to begin teaching these skills at an early age as they are vital in helping adolescents successfully transition into adulthood. There are several fun activities that are used to teach these skills so that even though the kids are playing and having fun, they do not stop learning.

Swimming

It is important to teach your child how to swim from an early age so that they are water-safe. This is a skill that remains with them for the rest of their lives and it goes a long way to improve their mental and physical well being. 

At Charleston Swim we use Neuro-Linguistic Programming to teach swimming in a safe and friendly environment with incredible results. This ensures that the children learn faster and in a way that fully engages them before they even step into the water. If you are in Charleston for the summer, contact us for fun swimming programs that ensure your children keep learning even while they are having fun.