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Summer & Kids & Money Management

Summer & Kids & Money Management Skills


            Following are several fun and educational activities focusing on learning about dollars to add to your kid's summer roster this year.

            - Spend Time Gardening

            Whether you want to start your own garden bed at home or have the family volunteer at a community garden, getting your hands dirty and cultivating plants and flowers can be a fun summer activity for kids of all ages. Kids will learn how plants grow, what it takes to create the perfect environment for different types of plants and also learn some basic principles about biology.

             Organize a Kids’ Book Club

            Encourage kids to keep up with their reading habit and build social skills by having them join a book club. Book clubs are the perfect way to keep kids reading while encouraging them to share their thoughts about different stories and authors with their peers. Try starting with fun books like "Harry Potter" to get them hooked, then sneak in some classics from your kid's school reading lists.

            - Lead a Neighborhood Recycling Drive

T          each kids the importance of recycling and show them how you make the effort to recycle items around your home. You could organize a recycling drive in your neighborhood so that other kids can get involved and learn new skills.  Learning how recycling efforts affect the environment can be a fun way to introduce kids to some key concepts while educating them about basic science and environmentalism.

            -  Host a Fun Contest

            Teach kids the value of sportsmanship and teamwork by organizing a neighborhood contest to make paper airplanes, construct a tent or complete other hands-on projects in a competition format. You could host the event in your backyard or just run a contest where everyone shares their creations through a Facebook event. This can be a fun way for kids to learn some science, survival and other practical skills with their friends.

            -Host Weekly Board Game Nights

            Give kids a chance to learn some logic, sportsmanship and strategic-thinking skills by teaching them how to play chess, backgammon, Scrabble and other classic board games. This is a great way to pull kids away from the computer screen, smartphone and tablet for a few hours so they can learn how to think and solve problems without the help of a digital device.

            Keep a Journal

            Encourage your child to keep a summer journal, chronicling family trips, day camps, and other summer adventures. Have your child to mix it up with short and long entries, illustrations, word collages, and photos with handwritten captions. To get started, take your child to the store to pick out a notebook and special pen. 

            Emphasize Writing Skills

            Sidewalk chalk is a kid-friendly way to work on writing skills. Have your child practice letters, words, and sentences on the driveway. When you’re beach-bound, encouraging your child to write in the sand with a stick.

            Collect Change

            Let your child play with the money in your wallet or the family change jar. Help her sort the different coins and bills into groups. Play "bank" by swapping 25 pennies for a quarter, or four quarters for a dollar. Roll loose change together, counting the coins as you go. Invite your child to go to the bank with you to redeem change for cash.

            - Cook with Math

            Mix a little math into your summertime cooking projects. Even young kids can help measure ingredients when you're baking up a batch of cookies or a birthday cake. Have your child add the ingredients as you go, while you explain they are adding "a half cup" or "a teaspoon". Just hearing these terms and seeing those in use will give kids basic mathematic understanding, and following a recipe helps kids learn sequencing.     For older kids who already understand the idea of fractions, ask for their help doubling or halving your recipe and encourage them to calculate the new measurements.

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