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Ways to Keep Children Learning this Summer

July 01, 2020

Summer sure looks different this year.  Here are some fun ideas to keep your child learning this summer:

The Smithsonian has lots of free activities and games for kids like watching animals such as cheetahs or lions or giant pandas at the National Zoo via their webcams or learn about different types of music like jazz or mariachi and more.

Destination Mansfield has a list of fun activities and events happening in July. 

Go for a walk at Gorman Nature Center or attend one of their educational programs.

Miss the scavenger hunts at the library?  Give your kids a list of things to find around the neighborhood then give them a camera to take photos of what they find. 

Join Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Taika Waititi as he reads James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.  In Episode 1, Taika is joined by Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth and Nick Kroll as they start this ever so exciting story and read Chapters 1 – 4 of James and the Giant Peach. New episodes released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 PM.

Snack & Read Live with Simon Kids.  Live read-alouds and activities around award-winning books Tuesday, Wednesdays & Thursday at 2 PM EST Simon Kids Facebook page.  There is also Read & Learn with Simon Kids on YouTube that has videos with story times, sing-alongs and other activities.

Watch videos of Dav Pilkey drawing Dog Man and Captain Underpants characters and there are activity sheets like word finds, mazes, and coloring sheets.

Watch NYPL’s Online Summer Reading Programs which includes authors, illustrators, and educational programs.

Brooklyn Public Library is offering virtual programs like magic shows, puppet shows, music via their Facebook page.  Check out their event calendar for more information.

Every week, celebrities and PBS KIDS authors are reading aloud their favorite books on the PBS KIDS' Facebook page and YouTube channel.  Plus there are fun activities for the whole family to do!

Education World has 25 activities to keep kids active during the summer like making bubble solution or a paper crane or balloon rocket.

The National Children’s Museum offers STEAMwork which includes virtual programs for kids on their Facebook and Instagram pages.  Monday’s program is geared towards young children, Tuesday’s program is a general focus, Wednesday’s program is geared towards elementary school students, Thursday’s program is a general focus and Friday’s program is for the whole family.  Some of the previous virtual programs included making spool racers, plant paint brushes and memory jars.

Learn with Carnegie Hall by watching online concerts of a variety of music like Greek Folk and Indian Classical.

Connect with the outdoors by visiting four new Storybook trails provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  The trails present children’s books in a series of child-height panels for children to read while walking the trails.  The Trails are located at Wingfoot Lake State Parks, Dillion, John Bryan, and Maumee Bay.

The Pizza Hut BOOK IT! program is offering a free online reading program and activities.  Kids read books or magazines to earn a certificate for a personal pan pizza.

Visit your local library to find books to keep kids active this summer such as

-Backyard adventure: get messy, get wet, build cool things, and have tons of wild fun! 51 free-play activities by Amanda Thomsen
-Brain lab for kids: 52 mind-blowing experiments, models, and activities to explore neuroscience by Eric H. Chudler
 -100 screen free ways to beat boredom! by Kris Hirschmann 
-Tinkerlab: a hands-on guide for little inventors by Rachelle Doorley

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