Can apps or games help my kid's mind stay active during school breaks?
Age-appropriate, high-quality media can definitely help kids' minds stay active, and prevent what's known as "summer slide" -- when kids forget what they learned from the school year. Here are a few ways to keep kids skills up over school breaks.
- Keep kids reading. Kids who read a lot over the summer not only maintain reading skills, they go back to school better prepared for all subjects. Make summer reading fun. Try these digital libraries.
- Think outside the book. Apps, games, and websites offer lots of unique learning opportunities for kids. Check out our list of Weird Ways to Learn.
- Go for code. Computer programming apps and sites teach kids everything from problem-solving to thinking and logic.
- Listen to podcasts. Developing aural skills is beneficial for learning. Try these podcasts.
- Make lasting memories. With easy-to-use digital tools, kids can collect videos, photos, stories, and more in electronic journals that tell the story of their summer.
And remember, it's OK -- in fact, it's beneficial -- for kids to get bored, too. Downtime encourages kids to use their imagination and creativity and develop their inner selves -- essential skills they can use all their lives.