Learning is a crucial part of children’s development that shouldn’t stop just because school is out for the year. Learning can and should be a priority for kids (and adults) in the summer months too. Here are five new things to learn this summer to keep your brain engaged and growing.
If you already play an instrument, don’t get out of practice this summer. Practice all the songs you learned during the school year and then try to learn a couple more to add to the mix. Studies have shown that music is linked to stronger performance in academics, so why not keep your brain sharp this summer? Plus, you’ll head back to school without having lost any of the skills you worked for all year. If you’re new to music, pick an instrument and take one of our music camps. Our instructors break it down so you can learn more about your instrument, how to use it, and a good foundation.
The world around us has so many interesting things to learn about. Never stop being curious or learning. Pick up a science experiment book from your local library and learn about how magnets work, why the weather changes, or how different chemicals react together. Our Science Camp has some experiments you can try at home with adult supervision. If you’ve ever asked why about the world around you, now’s the time to learn the answer.
Staying active is good for our brains and bodies. Maybe you play a sport like basketball in the winter months, but don’t have a summer or fall sport. Why not check out one of our Sports Camps and learn something new. From volleyball to football, our coaches will teach you skills for the sport you want to learn. The great thing about sports is that many of them have similarities. With most sports, you’re trying to score points, they all require some level of fitness and endurance, and they’re all fun!
Being creative and making something with your own hands is extremely rewarding. If you’re good at drawing, why not step it up and turn your drawings into a comic strip or graphic novel? If you like building things, try making a wooden birdhouse that you can paint and hang on a nearby tree. If you’re not a naturally creative person, it’s okay, because there are a lot of easy crafts that you can learn how to do this summer to help you get more creative. Friendship bracelets, origami, and even slime are all fun arts and crafts projects that let you experiment with color, shape, and texture.
Cooking doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, cooking can be fun, delicious, and extremely rewarding when you learn how to do it. Supervision may be needed when using knives or the oven, but don’t be afraid to ask an adult for help so you can get started on your cooking journey. Pick a recipe you’ve always wanted to make and go for it! Not sure where to start? Checking Pinterest, watching the cooking channels on TV, or flipping through a cookbook are all great sources of inspiration. Before starting, read the recipe and ingredients list all the way through once or twice. You don’t want to get started only to find out you’re missing an ingredient, and you definitely don’t want to skip a step. You can have the recipe open too when you’re making your dish. The best part comes once you’re done though, and get to enjoy your tasty treat! The Happy Camper Live cooking camp will teach you some new recipes too!
Let us know what you’re learning this summer!
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