We’ve all been there. You are in the car for a trip or waiting in line at the grocery store or doctor’s appointment. I’m normally the mom who allows her children to find something to entertain themselves, but there are times when it’s difficult even for adults to be patient waiting in a confined space. Turn these times of waiting into learning opportunities with these fun math games to play in the car (or plane or train or line). They require no supplies and can be adapted for all ages. We’ve enjoyed them for years and have been surprised at the times our children have stumped us.
Summer is a great time for informal learning. We will all enjoy a few weeks of no scheduled lessons and fewer extracurricular activities. And then it will hit…boredom. I’m all in favor of kids being bored. Boredom is an excellent opportunity to spark creativity, learn a new skill, or simply learn to entertain yourself. However, a couple of months of boredom can also lead to mischief and bad habits. To combat this, I try to have a few tricks up my sleeve to mix things up during the summer months. Here are some of the ways I encourage learning during our summer break with minimal planning on my part.
Young children are concrete thinkers. They need to see a concept before understanding it and moving on to the abstract level. This is especially true for math learning for young children. We often use snack time as an opportunity to sneak in some math learning. Who doesn’t love math when you can eat the manipulatives?