Summer vacation is a perfect time for outdoor fun, exploration, and even learning math!
There are many indoor and outdoor activities which your children can undertake to best utilize their summer break. Most children often find Math to be one of the most complicated subjects. As parents, you can make Math easy for them however, by helping them build their math skills during summer vacation.
Here are 6 summer break activities which your children can enjoy doing and at the same time learn math in a fun way:
Gardening is a great opportunity to teach your children Math in an interesting way. They can measure the area of your garden. From picking seeds together, to measuring the space between the plants and also calculating the amount of soil required for potted plants. Gardening is like a natural tuition for math which helps children improves their knowledge of the subject and nurtures their connectivity with nature.
2.) Shopping for Value
It’s the best possible way to teach your child the value of money. Begin with sharing the total budget with him or her. Turn the grocery shopping trip into a fun game. Let your child look for offers and then calculate the savings from each shopping trip. Older kids can also help calculate the cost of the food items per pound or ounce.
3.) Sports Time on TV
If your kids love to watch sports on TV, you can easily improve their mathematical skills and make their sports watching sessions more exciting. You can begin with teaching them how to keep score, count innings, strike outs, etc. They can also be taught to fill out the box score of a baseball game. It’s a great way to build their math skill as well as help them understand the game better. You can even buy scorebooks for major sports which guarantee hours of entertainment for your children while they enjoy watching their favorite sport.
4.) Road Trips
Are you planning a road trip to an exotic destination, for your child’s summer vacation? But at the same time, do you also dread a constant stream of questions like ‘how far have we come?’, ‘when will we reach there?’ and so on and so forth? Well, you can turn such boring road-trips into interesting learning opportunities. You can engage your child in a ‘license plate game’, which involves adding, subtracting or dividing the numbers on these plates. You can also teach your children how to measure the distance of your trip or how many miles per gallon does your car average.
A majority of children love collecting coins, stamps, shells and a whole lot of other things. This simple activity can be made more exciting by adding a Math angle to it. For example, if your child loves collecting shells, he or she can collect a certain number of a single type of shell, or can sort the collection according to size, shape etc. This way, your child learns different mathematical concepts and gets to build an amazing collection as well.
6.) Daily Chores
Daily chores like folding clothes, sorting them for washing, setting the dinner table can seem really boring. But, you can turn such mundane tasks into fun-filled math learning sessions! For instance, you can teach your child measuring, sorting and counting through the simple task of doing laundry. The child can help sort the clothes, measure the amount of detergent that needs to be added and count the clothes before putting them in the machine.
By Dana Jandhyala
About the Author: Making education simple and easy to comprehend is Dana Jandhayala's forte. She's had a long career as an educator where she has taught in several different schools and institutes in multiple countries. Today, she helps students with personalized online tutorials by SchoolPage that help make concepts easy to understand, making learning fast and fun. She writes to help students study better, and to coach parents so they can facilitate the success of their children.