Summer Do's and Dont's for Parents
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I have three grandchildren, ages 10, 8 and 5. I would love to have some new activities for them to do, as I spend so much time with them during the summer. Do you know any online services that are both fun and educational?
Many websites offer interesting summer activities. Visit activitytv.com, which allows children and adults to work together. The site has videos and instructions for projects, from origami to science to cooking and more.
The Lawrence Hall site (lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite) has many experiments that may tie in with what your older children are doing at school. For example, your grandkids could compare the size of their ears or feet to those of many animals. We also offer academics that are fun on our website (dearteacher.com) under “Learning Activities.”
These at-home activities are one solution, but visiting places in your community can really widen your grandchildren’s knowledge of the world. Why not select one day a week and call it “Adventure Day?” Have a short adventure that ends with a picnic. Try paying a visit to your local fire station; check out the Cotton Museum or Davies Plantation; ride the trolley downtown; learn about animals at the zoo; drop in to the Pink Palace and see their astronomy shows. Time spent at a swimming pool, bowling alley, or miniature golf can even teach new skills. You’ll find many more ideas in our monthly calendar of events, both here and online at memphisparent.com.