Once the novelty of not having to get the kids to school wears off and six weeks of keeping them occupied without having to re-mortgage the house looms large, the balancing act between sanity and too much screen time leaves many of us at a loss. At Kip McGrath Salisbury, we have put together a few tips to help you make the most of the summer holidays whilst combating learning loss.
#1 Shopping and Cooking Challenge: Teach about money, measurement and proportion (and having a night off from the cooking, for that matter.) Let your child choose a meal and work out what will be needed for your family.
#2 Visit Langford Lakes. Take a mini-bugs book from the library and have wellies and a picnic at the ready.
#3 Watch The BFG. This movie is a perfect excuse for immersing your children in Roald Dahl's books and an ideal activity for the inevitable rainy day.
#4 Write a holiday diary with drawings, knickknacks and photos.
#5 Calculate the amount of paint/ decking/ tiles needed to help in a DIY project.
#6 Visit your local library and take part in The Summer Reading Challenge'.
#7 Design a Literacy or Numeracy based board game.
#8 Visit the free National Museums and galleries in London.
#9 Make screen time educational, by challenging the children to make an animated video on your phone or tablet. Use plasticine models or time-lapse drawings.
#10 Download a couple of quality Educational Apps to support the National Curriculum, and have a nice cup of tea.
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