Summer is here and I don’t know about you, but when my kids were young, I was always looking for ways to keep them entertained during the break.
Of course, they were always good at coming up with their own ideas but SOMEtimes, those weren’t exactly what I had in mind… if you know what I mean.
With all the technology out there, there are plenty of fun and educational activities that you and your kids can engage in.
Here are some “techie” activities that will help make this summer better for you AND your kids.
1. STEM Kits
If your kids love science, technology, engineering, and math, STEM kits are perfect for them.
These kits come with various components that your kids can use to build robots, electronic gadgets, and other cool stuff.
Just search the web for “STEM Kits” or visit your local Hobby Lobby.
2. Coding Classes
Coding is a valuable skill that is becoming increasingly important in today’s world.
Your kids can learn coding through online classes, coding camps, and other resources.
They can even build their own websites, apps, and games.
Ginny and Eli are talking about some of the places to look for these classes on the Thursday 11am Broadcast.
3. Virtual Field Trips
With virtual reality, your kids can explore the world without leaving the comfort of your home.
There are virtual field trips that can take them to different places like museums, zoos, and even space.
Not to mention lots of other educational VR experiences.
Just explore your VR store for them.
I did a quick search and this list popped right up: The 19 Best Free Virtual Field Trips of 2023 (lifewire.com)
4. Video Editing
Video editing is a fun and creative way to keep busy plus it’s a skill they can use in lots of areas of their lives.
They can use various apps and software to create their own movies, music videos, and animations.
There’s video editing software on your phone or to download from app stores – like InShot or CapCut (especially for short form videos).
Or – the full blown video editing packages like DaVinci Resolve or Adobe Premiere.
There’s always plenty of tutorials to watch and learn how to use them.
For a kid that loves taking pictures or is always “borrowing” your camera – this an fun skill to learn over the summer and keep for life.
When my kids were little – they created a butterfly collection using photos – and identified each one.
We put it in our digital scrapbook, labeled, and learned all about them.
They can experiment with different angles, lighting, and subjects to capture stunning photos.
Then, they can learn some photo editing skills to enhance their digital skills.
You can get ideas from the local library, books, online courses…They can even create their own photo album, digital scrapbook, or blog.
Software for photo editing is on your PC already for basic editing. And if you’re looking for more advanced software there’s GIMP or Adobe Photoshop.
6. Build a website
This is a great way to get your kids interested in coding and web development.
As mentioned above for coding – there are lots of ways to learn.
They can create a site about their favorite hobbies or interests or a family site to share all your milestones with your extended family.
7. Create a podcast
If you have a talkative one – they’ll love this one…
Podcasting is a fun way for your kids to express themselves and share their thoughts with the world.
All you need is a microphone and some basic editing software.
Good place to start is Anchor.
Ginny and Eli are sharing more about ways to keep your kids busy, resources to go to find out more things going on in your area, PLUS how to keep them safe.
Not to mention – how to keep screen time in check.
There are security measures you should consider too.