Welcome to Summer Learning week at Life of a Homeschool Mom! School may be out for summer, but that definitely doesn't mean that learning slows down. This week, I'm sharing with you specific learning activities that you can do with your children at the beach, at the pool, at the park, and at the zoo. Also- be sure to download this week's freebie: Summer Camp at Home. This amazing download provides you with everything you need to conduct a fun summer camp at home with your children!
A visit to the park can make for the perfect summer afternoon. Luckily, it can also make for the perfect chance to teach an educational lesson or two. Look below at 7 educational activities you can teach at the park, so you can make the most of this time with your child. You will find that not only can you have fun, but you can use this time to flex those brain muscles too!
1. Gross motor skills.
Climbing on the jungle gym, playing on the monkey bars, and even going down the slide are all ways to build those gross motor skills. These activities help children develop coordination and use the large muscles that they will use more and more as adults.
Now is the perfect time to talk about weather. Look at the clouds, look for the sun and the shadows it casts, look for signs of impending rain. Look for the leaves blowing or take the time to check the outside temperature. This time outdoors is the perfect time to discuss the various traits of weather.
3. Go on a color hunt.
Walk around the park and make a list of all the colors you can find. Surely you will find primary colors, and you can also look for other lighter and darker hues. See how many colors you can name, and see which color you see the most of and which you see the least of.
4. Practice measurement.
Take a tape measure with you to measure the various items at the park. You can measure the height of the slide, the length of the slide, or the height of the trash can. There are so many items to measure at the park, so taking a tape measure will surely keep kids busy.
5. Talk about stranger safety.
A public location like a park is the perfect place to teach a lesson on stranger safety. Talk to kids about how to stay safe in locations such as this and develop a plan should they become separated from you. Talk about stranger safety so they can play with confidence.
6. Look for living things in nature.
Take the time to discuss what makes items in nature a living thing. Look for examples at the park. You will see trees, bushes, birds, bugs, and so much more. Take the time to make a list of the living things you see and talk about the items these creatures need to survive.
7. Create a poem based on your visit.
Put those writing skills to use when craft a poem about your park visit. Kids can sit under a tree and write their poem right there, or you can think about it and complete it when you return home. Either way it is a great way to get those writing skills flowing.
Are you ready to have some fun at the park while learning some educational lessons at the same time? Consider these 7 educational activities you can teach at the park and see how fun and educational your park visit can be.