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How to keep your kid occupied and (secretly) learning this summer


It’s been a tough school year for parents who’ve struggled to keep their kids engaged in learning during the pandemic and many are worried about declining math scores after many spent the year in virtual learning situations. 

Help could be on the way from Blocks Rock!, a hands-on -- as in no screen -- educational game in which players compete to build a color-and shape-specific structure in the shortest amount of time

Studies show that competitive, structured block play helps kids learn math and increases activation in several brain regions linked to memory, motor skills, and arithmetic processing. We’d love to work with you on a story that could demonstrate how the blocks game is a fun way to keep kids occupied and entertained.

We can also point to some other activities that parents can offer up to keep their kids from whining about being bored this summer, too. Emma Baker, a teacher who uses these ideas, can demonstrate and discuss possible activities, many of which are free.

Let me know if you’re interested.

Cheryl Reed

 

Here's a short list of Summer Activities. See our full list here.

  1. Catch lightning bugs and learn about why they glow
  2. Dissect a flower and learn about the different parts of the plant
  3. Bake your favorite treat and measure the ingredients
  4. Take Blocks Rock! or another learning game to a local park and play. Try to build the biggest block structure and watch gravity work when it falls
  5. Create constellations using toothpicks and marshmallows
  6. Count critters on a hike
  7. Sketch and build a model of your house with blocks and other available crafting tools
  8. Eat some ice cream and learn about why it melts in the summer sun
  9. Play with the free Blocks Rock! 3D app and create new block structure

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