Have the words “I’m bored” been uttered by your child(ren) yet this Summer? I for one will admit that I have heard the phrase a handful of times over the course of the last few days. It’s funny though because it is the moment that any of the Summer aquatics programs or educational activities that I have enrolled them in end, that they quickly grow bored.
It can be so difficult to keep kids interested in learning over the Summer. However, I can understand the importance of keeping my children participating in educational activities during the Summer break. The summer while it is a good time to relax, it is also an opportunity to work with your child(ren) to advanced their knowledge and help them retain what they have learned over the school year.
A program that my 4-year old son has been participating in over the summer has been the Hot Wheel FUNdamentals Learning Program.
The Hot Wheels FUNdamentals Learning Program has been rooted in the belief that play based learning is a great benefit to kids and is a way to keep them stimulated when school’s out. Studies have shown that play improves memory, language skills and can help with academic focus.
You may wonder what the benefits of play-based learning can come from program, like, Hot Wheels FUNdamentals Learning Program.
“A play based program has many benefits for children as it facilitates the development of skills, dispositions and knowledge. As effective play based program can assist children to develop lifelong learning skills that will stay with them beyond the early learning environment. Engaging in play based learning enables children to use and develop thinking skills such as problem solving, reasoning and lateral thinking. It offers opportunities to interact with others, develop communication strategies and work in collaboration with peers and adults. It can foster literacy, numeracy and the development of scientific concepts. As children are empowered to make decisions and initiate play, they become confident and motivated learners. This in turn fosters responsibility and self regulation. Play also provides children with many opportunities to resolve conflict, challenge unfair play and embrace diversity.” – Source: Ascot Kindergarten
My son has enjoyed working through the science, math, visual arts and language lessons with me over the course of the past few weeks. They have really helped him to grow and develop these skills. With that I have also seen his confidence about starting school in September skyrocket. The Hot Wheels FUNdamentals Learning Program is making him feel ready to take on what’s to come in the school year ahead.
One of the activities that we are looking forward to completing towards the end of the Summer is a diorama. The diorama will be similar to the CityScape (pictured above), but rather my son will create his own from scratch.
Creating a diorama is easy. All you need is:
- crayons and/or markers
- accessories (e.g. Hot Wheels Cars)
- an old empty shoe box
Have your child pick one of their favorite summer memories and draw it out on construction paper, and glue it to the shoe box. The shoe box will be treated as the display for your masterpiece. Be sure to add 3D accessories and finishing touches to your diorama to add that extra bit of oomph and pizzaz. A great diorama example can be found over on One Heart, One Family.
As you can see, staying up top of summer learning has never been more fun than it has with Hot Wheels Learning School! Visit the website to download your own set of lesson plans and a fun activity book!
Disclosure: I have received special perks, products and compensation as a part of my affiliation with this program. All opinions are those of my own.