Monday, June 26, 2017

Fun Summer Games to Help Prevent Summer Brain Drain

Summer Brain Drain is real. We even got an email from my sons school with tips and tricks on how to prevent it. And no, it doesn't involved hours of workbook pages and flash card drills. There are lots of fun activities that you can do with your kiddos at home that will keep their little minds fresh and active all summer long.

One of my favorite ways to help prevent Summer Brain Drain is playing games with my son. We try to play one every day after I put his baby sister down for nap. I'm sharing two of our new favorite Learning Resources games that we play together below.

Lil' Lemonade Stand-Off A Matching Game is so cute! Each player takes a turn trying to earn coins by memorizing lemonade "orders" and recreating them.

 This was such a fun one to play with my little guy! We laughed and sweated it out trying to re-create the "harder" 3 coin orders and ended up playing twice in a row because the first time we tied (and the second time he won!)

Lots of fun and we already have plans to play this again when he has his little besties over - with a glass of lemonade in hand of course! Check out this cute video here to see this game in action!

Alphabet Acorns Activity Set is another fun set that game be used is a variety of ways! The set includes 26 alphabet acorns, each with a uppercase letter on the front and a color coded top with the lowercase letter underneath, and a coordinating toy that starts with that letter.

 The skies the limit with this set! Your little one can match upper and lower case letters as they put the acorns together, match the tiny toys to the acorns, or even make their own scavenger hunt as seen in the video here (we are so doing this next time we play!)

We loved working together to match up the coordinating toys to the letter acorns they belonged with. Afterwords, we emptied our acorns, and then tried to see how many different words we could make out of the acorns in our pile. This is a fun hands-on learning set that is great for a variety of ages. I can totally picture my son using it to teach his baby sister her colors and letters in a couple of short years too!

Some other ways we like to help prevent Summer Brain Drain are weekly visits to the library for story time and to check out books and having my kids help me out cooking in the kitchen. What are your favorite engaging Summer time activities for kids?

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