Keep Summer Learning Fun

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Who says we can’t sneak in learning during the summer? With these fun activities from Rebecca P. Cohen, author of 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids, children learn and have fun outside at the same time.

1) ‘Paint Your Letters.’ Get a bucket of water and a paintbrush and write your ABCs, do math problems, or write words. Watch the water disappear and learn about evaporation at the same time!
2) Ice Cube Art. Create Ice Cube Art: Give each child an ice cube to draw with on the sidewalk and watch it turn from a solid to a liquid to a gas when it evaporates! If you think about it the night before, drop some food coloring in each ice cube mold, and you’ll have different colors for your art.
3) Solar S’mores. Place a large marshmallow and piece of chocolate between two graham crackers, wrap it in a piece of aluminum foil, and set it in the sun for ten minutes. Unwrap it and voila! The s’more is ready to eat.

Has Rebecca’s book, 15 Minutes Outside, improved your daily life? Post to Rebecca’s blog your story and be entered to win a set of Curiosity Cards. Drawings will take place each week, all summer long!

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Rebecca P. Cohen is one of the Reading Kingdom’s Summer Activity Guides. Be sure to check out the Reading Kingdom blog every Wednesday for posts from our Summer Activity Guides who will blog about parenting, and fun things to do with your children throughout the whole summer.