There’s so much to learn, even over the summer! Indoors and out, day and night, the world is filled with things to see, touch, smell, and discuss. Take the tips below to heart—we’re sure they’ll inspire some great ideas for sneaking in fun learning opportunities everywhere you go this summer.
Learn All Day!
- Leave It! Check out the leaves and flowers around your home. Look at their veins and discuss how they’re used to distribute water and nutrients (just like ours!). Take them home and press them between two sheets of wax paper inside a heavy book to get a better look. Older kids might enjoy our Nancy B’s Science Club™ Nature Keeper and Tree Diary!
- That’s the Rub! Collect different natural materials – leaves, bark, grass, flowers – and try a crayon rubbing! Just place a piece of paper over the object, peel a crayon, and rub the long, flat side of the crayon on the top.
- Shell It Out! Collect shells at the shore. Compare and contrast their sizes. Sort them by color. Explore their different textures using descriptive vocabulary.
- Get Your Head IN the Clouds! Find fun objects in the clouds or take it a step further and learn some basic cloud facts – clouds are groups of teeny tiny water drops and ice crystals that are so light they can float. (STOCK PHOTO OF CLOUD)
- Find It! Wherever you are, be on the lookout for shapes, colors, letters, and numbers. Point them out and identify them for your child. See if your little one can find another square, the letter “A”, or the number “3”.
Learn All Night!
- Shine It! Take a flashlight—our GeoSafari® Night Explorer Flashlight is a great choice—out back and see what you can see. Are the flowers open or closed at night? Can you find any birds? Bugs? Which animals are out at night? Where do the others go? Introduce the concepts of nocturnal and diurnal.
- In the Dark! Nighttime is a great time to introduce the basic science of the Earth’s rotation. Choose an object (chair, rock, table) to represent the sun and place a flashlight or lantern on it. Have your child stand in front of the object and spin around once, slowly. When the Earth (your child) is facing the sun (your chosen object), then it’s day time. When it’s facing away from the sun, it’s night time!
- Moon Shine! Share some fun facts about the Moon! Did you know that the Moon is actually made of pieces of Earth? A large object hit our planet four and a half billion years ago, blasting large rocks out of the Earth and into space. These rocks eventually came together to form the Moon. There is no air, water, or life on the Moon, but astronauts can go exploring there with the right equipment. Looking for more fun facts? Check out the GeoSafari® Talking Telescope.
- Man or Mouse..err…Bunny? Does your child see the man in the Moon or the bunny? Ask for a story about whichever she chooses. How did it get there? What is it doing? Can it see us? Will it ever come down? Is it all alone?