It’s the start of the summer holidays and a magical time when children have a break from the classroom to enjoy long days having fun with friends or holidaying with family. While it’s amazing to have the little ones home for summer, there’s much more time to fill keeping them busy. We’ve put together a few ideas of fun and educational toys and games to keep young brains entertained and learning throughout the summer holidays.
Keep children entertained on long car journeys by playing Car Countdown, a game where you’ve got to use the letters on the number plate of the car in front to create a word. To make things a bit easier you can also add vowels or constantans. For example, if the number plate is ‘RNG’ you can use the word ‘orange’! Use an egg timer to give everyone at least a minute to think of their best word – the person with the longest word wins.
The first day of school is super exciting, but it can be daunting for children. Teach your child about school life and prepare them for the big change by talking to them about what to expect during the summer holidays. Books can help too – the Learn About School sticker book has fun activities and colourful stickers, ideal for kids starting school in September.
Help the young explorer escape from a big dinosaur by answering times tables questions to create a path along the river! The Dino Escape game is so much fun children won’t even notice they’re improving their maths while having fun! The game is free to play on the Galt Toys Activity Zone, simply click on the Dino Escape game to play.
Improve memory and brainpower by playing the memory game! One person starts by saying “Today I went to the supermarket and bought…” and then names an item in their basket. The second person then repeats the phrase, the first person’s item, and then lists their own. The game continues around the circle with everyone adding their own item. If you forget the order of items or can’t remember what someone has bought, you’re out. The winner is the person who remembers all the items listed by everyone!
How are you preparing for school in September? Have you got lots of fun and educational activities planned in the summer holidays? We’d love to hear your ideas! Tweet @Galttoys or post on our Facebook wall.