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Summer — The Perfect Time To Exercise The Brain!

As summer break is upon us, it’s time to look for summer activities that are not only fun but also keep that brain working hard. Here are five fun ideas that are sure to entertain children of all ages AND build thinking skills on a lazy summer day:

Make homemade Bubble Solution and experiment with such unique Bubble-Blowing Tools as strings, milk containers, and garbage can lids.

Read aloud The Paper Crane by Molly Bang. Then introduce the art of paper folding by printing and following the instructions for How to Make an Origami Crane.

Colorful-CarnationsTurn plain white carnations into dramatic colored creations by Coloring Flowers. Using just food coloring and water, flowers can be changed from white to any tint, usually in just one day. Colors deepen over time, and kids will enjoy modifying the experiment to see what unique combinations they can make.

Start a family or neighborhood book club. Even a parent and child can form a book club, by reading the same book and chatting about it.

Put old wallpaper and magazine scraps to good use by using them to create Recycled Paper Beads. This easy activity requires very few common materials and keeps kids very busy on rainy days. When they’re finished, children can string their beads and give them as gifts or wear them for fun.

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