Ways to keep young brains active during the summer holidays

Aug 2018
Keeping the balance between fun and learning with holiday activities
The summer holidays are the ideal time to find enjoyable ways to keep young brains active.

The summer holidays for most children means playing outdoors and forgetting all about what they have learned during the past year.

However, while the school books have been put down and the pencils locked away in their pencil cases, the summer holidays are the ideal time to find enjoyable ways to keep young brains active.

Parents need to find a balance between fun and learning to make sure their child does not become bored and resent doing activities that will keep their brain ticking over.

Reading in the summer
The UK has a number of reading programmes that offer ideal opportunities for children of all ages and abilities.

There are locations throughout the UK that host a variety of reading programmes. For instance, libraries often host such events.

Children that perhaps struggle with reading will benefit massively from a reading programme as their progression will be monitored closely and they will be provided with a number of appropriate reading materials to help them develop accordingly.

Natural learning resources
A lot of families use the summer holidays to escape from the daily household routine. However, parents who are holidaying either in the UK or abroad this summer could give their children some homework or research to do on the location before they leave.

Parents can encourage children to find places of historical significance in the location they are visiting. This will allow children to get an early grasp of culture, traditions and landmarks in different areas of the country which will improve their historical and geographical knowledge generally.

Educational day trips
Parents are always rattling their brains for ideas to keep the kids busy during breaks from school, especially in the summer as it is the longest of all breaks.

While visiting the theme park is great fun, it is expensive and not particularly educational. Therefore, parents should consider taking children to places that incorporate fun and education.

For example, many museums such as the National Science Museum are fun for children as they display experiments which are both intriguing and educational.