Thursday, April 23, 2015

6 Ways to Engage Kids Minds This Summer + 4 FREE Kids Educational Activity Projects


Download 4 FREE Kids Projects including How to Make Sushi
Parenting our children is a 24/7 job year-round. With Summer just around the corner, now's the time to start thinking about how to keep your kids minds learning and engaged to avoid brain drain. That's because if they remain idle, kids can potentially lose 1-3 months of learning during the long school vacation according to Dr. Harris Cooper, professor of psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

A Summer of Innovation, Collaboration, Exploration and FUN 

Summer learning can and should be fun for your child no matter what their age: pre-school, tween or early teens. In fact, studies show that the more passionate a youngster is about an activity they attempt, the more they benefit and grow. The ideas to feed youth's hunger for growth and learning are only limited by your imagination as their parent...

Sign Up for an Fun Educational Summer Camp - Register your child to attend a camp that involves not just fun and games, but learning too. Camp Galileo, which offers over 40 camps for Los Angeles and San Francisco residents, is one good example that is more than just a summer camp. They offer a range of art, science and outdoor activities that will get your budding innovator really thinking.

Embark on a Family Roadtrip - Not only will you and your entire family enjoy quality time together exploring new things and places, your child will also learn about history, nature, geography and more. That's on top of learning to analyze a map, read travel brochures, and help make decisions about how much money to spend, what to do and where to stay along the way.

Enjoy a Staycation at Home - A vacation at home is just as much fun and less strain on the budget with all the comforts of home. Break out the beach towels and take the kids to a local pool, lake or beach for the day and then return in the evening to watch a TV show or video about oceanography, water and water creatures.

Go Outside and Explore Nature - Another way for you and your kids to learn together is to go on a nature hike at a local park or even just take a stroll around the neighborhood. Plan out in advance what you're going to look for such as birds, flowers, wildlife, etc. Then give your child a notebook to use a a field guide to document their discoveries. And don't forget to bring your smartphone and allow your child to take some kid-perspective photos of special things he sees.

Join A Library Summer Reading Program - Many public libraries offer fun and engaging children's reading program geared to kids as young as preschoolers -- find one near you and sign your son or daughter up. If your child doesn't already have their own library card, now's the time to help him/her register for one. Then go to the library frequently all summer long and encourage your kids to borrow books and read them all.

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Get Creative With Arts and Crafts that Also Teach - Another awesome way to develop the mind is through creativity that goes beyond just bringing out a box of crayons and coloring books. Download 4 FREE Educational Craft Projects from Camp Galileo including an LED Illumininated CardSushi Design & CreationRubberband Helicopter and Spoon Catapult. These mind expanding and fun activities are reflective of the projects the Camp Galileo kids will exprience.

Camp Galileo - $50 Savings

SAVE $50 when you sign up for Camp Galileo or Galileo Summer Quest at one of our Los Angeles locations. Enter promotional code 2015GALILEOCAMPSLA. Limited to one use per family. Not valid in combination with additional offers or for previous purchases. Offer valid through 5/31. More information & Register HERE

SAVE $30 when you sign up for Camp Galileo, Galileo Summer Quest or Summer Camps @ The Tech. Enter promotional code 2015GALILEOCAMPSF. Limited to one use per family. Not valid in combination with additional offers or for previous purchases. Offer valid through 5/31. More information & Register HERE

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About Camp Galileo
Camp Galileo has more than 40 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Los Angeles offering age-appropriate curricula for campers Pre-K through entering 8th Grade. At Galileo summer camp, kids have transformative, mind-blowing, life-changing fun. At Galileo, kids learn a whole new way to create. Kids start to see themselves differently—they start to think of themselves as innovators, with the vision and confidence to change the world. At Galileo, innovators rule. Visit the official website for more information.

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