Are you looking for some summer activities for your kids? Besides summer crafts for kids and activities do you have your kids practice math and reading skills to keep them fresh for the next school year? You can find 8 summer math activities for kids below that you can use over the summer months.
In the summer, our kids can often get rusty on their math skills. What is important is to keep those skills sharp during the downtime. What is great about summer break is it gives us all a great chance to show that math is not only practical but can be fun as well.
Here are 8 summer math activities you can do with your kids. They are for varying skill levels, but you can adopt them to fit the age and skill set of the child pretty easily.
1. Have your child help you count coins. I did this as a kid and I loved it because my grandpa would let me keep whatever I was able to roll and count in a period of time. It taught me not only how to roll the coins, but count them and well and do simple math like figuring how many coins go into a dollar of each type. For older kids, you could even have them figure out how many more rolls they need to buy something they want.
2. Take a kiddie pool and fill it with sand or water (colored water is fun!). Take out your baking supplies such as measuring cups and spoons and have the kids see how many tablespoons it takes to make a cup or how many ½ cups go into a quart.
3. During meals out, ask the kids to do a bit of estimating. Have them round everyone’s meals up to the nearest dollar and find out how much the meal will cost. For older skill sets, have them calculate the tip by percentage.
4. Encourage the kiddos to go outside and do measurements. Look on Google Earth and plan a small walk. Have the visualize the distance.
5. This one is super silly, but a lot of fun. Measure the circumference of the family’s heads with flexible measuring tape. Who has the biggest head?
6. Groceries are a mecha of math! Ask the kids to measure fruit in pounds, add up costs, take percentages off, minus the cost of coupons and compare prices.
7. If you are traveling, have them calculate how long travel time will be by distance and miles per hour. This also saves you from having to hear, “Are We There Yetttt?!”
8. Another travel time math booster is to ask the kids to compare distance on the map. Which way is the quickest to your destination?
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