Beat the Heat with Summer Activities

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The heat can be a terrible day spoiler. You wake up refreshed and ready for a day of fun in the sun but then you realize it’s too hot to enjoy anything. You could turn up the air-conditioning but that would be a murderous electric bill!

If you’re looking for fun summer activities here are some of my suggestions.

Take an Online Course

You could take a fun course online and not have to leave the comfort of your own home meaning your air-conditioning or electric fan!

Have you tried a martial arts course online? Get some exercise and learn self defense all at the same time.

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Catch Up on Your Reading

If you’re a certified bookworm like me then reading would definitely appeal to you.

I have a list of books I’m trying to catch up on and since I have more hours in the summer with the kids on vacation I try to read books from Oprah’s Book Club list.

Dystopian novels are all the rage these days, try reading these dystopian books. Your middle-schoolers can get a head start on reading with these best book series for boys and girls.

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Cultural Trips Indoors

It would be great to travel because that’s one sure-fire way to beat the heat but if you’re like me and need a budget friendly solution why not try virtual museums?

These are accessible online and totally free. You could be walking through The Smithsonian or The Louvre. How about a look into the Vatican or our very own National Museum?

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Games

Try challenging yourself with a rubik’s cube or what about games for the entire family?

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Arts and Crafts

This is an enjoyable activity that children and the whole family will like. There are so many arts and crafts projects to do.

We recently made origami birds for my friend’s bridal shower and had a lot of fun creating decorations. A few years back we created decorations for our youngest son’s birthday. It was a family effort and was a great way to spend time together.

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One summer the kids had a photo shoot courtesy of our youngest’s godmother whose husband is a photographer.

It was fun for the kids as they did various poses. It’s also fun coming up with the props and set ups.

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Outdoors

If you want to enjoy the summer outdoors why not visit the zoo, a theme park or go swimming?

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With scents like Tangerine Delight, Blush Berry and Tropical Splash you’ll get a fruity scent that’ll help ease the summer heat.

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Martial Arts for Kids Online

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Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Summer is the time for arts and crafts, basketball, swimming and martial arts for kids. To keep our kids from being bored and having them learn something at the same time we enroll them in summer activities and classes.

Martial arts is a popular activity and has many benefits. It is an art form wherein one can learn self-defense, discipline, respect, and physical fitness and coordination. Usually we have to schedule classes and trips to a venue but with the miracle of the internet kids can now enjoy these classes at home.

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Sheng Chi Kung Fu in cooperation with Udemy offer all these and more through their Massive Open Online Classroom. With Sheng Chi Kung Fu your child will receive a comfortable, non-militaristic teaching environment which makes learning fun and exciting for all age levels. They offer martial arts classes for children, adults and seniors via its online classes.

With Udemy Academy your child can now take martial arts for kids online in the convenience of your own home. The benefit of this type of class is that it can be done any time and there is no need to schedule trips. You can also schedule it so that you can be there to watch them learn.

The online program is an introductory martial arts course. No prior knowledge is required in taking these classes. The course teaches fundamentals of martial arts training as well as principles, philosophies, and formalities. It includes 15 lectures via videos and a student handbook. Each class varies and can be as short as less than a minute up to 36 minutes.

 After taking this course your child will be able to defend against a punch, understand the body mechanics of creating power, and develop balance and coordination.

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For materials, there aren’t any requirements but a punching bag or large pillow will do.

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Online Learning Games for Kids

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In this day and age, we’re surrounded by technology and I’ve had to adapt to online learning games for kids. With my 2 eldest, we used books and arts and crafts. We used our hands to create and learn at the same time. I bought plenty of books and focused on their interests.

With our youngest, Jael who’s 3 years old I’ve done the same but significantly less. He plays on the iPhone and so I make sure to only have educational apps for him to play.  I’m aiming to make his exposure to technology as beneficial as possible and introducing him to learning games.

I’ve enrolled my youngest son into 2 online learning games for kids programs which are usually paid programs but I was fortunate to get to try them for free. We have a 1 month trial for each program and we’ll see which he benefits from more and most likely continue with that.

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With ABCmouse you get a full  online curriculum for Preschool through Kindergarten. This covers Reading, Math, Science, Arts & Colors and Music for children ages 2-6.

Upon starting the program you can customize your child’s and parent’s avatars. Jael enjoyed the Farm and Zoo games. He loves animals and one of his favorite songs is Old MacDonald Had a Farm. We recently brought him to the Ark Avilon Zoo and he had a great time getting up close and personal with the animals there.

He also likes the puzzles and repeats the animal puzzle. You can choose the degree of difficulty during the games to see if your child is ready for the next step.

The interface is easy to use, attractive and easy to understand. Jael is at Level One which has 401 learning activities. We’ll see how we go but so far I’m liking their program.

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Reading Eggs

I found out about the Reading Eggs program through Educents and I took this opportunity to sign up for a 4 week trial.

Jael has been enjoying this program a lot. The interface is not as attractive as ABCmouse but he really enjoys the ant that facilitates it. He loves the movie Ant Bully and I’m sure this is what has him interested in the talking ant. Here he learns by letters and 2 to 3 letter words.

It’s also easy to use and understand and my son is able to follow along with  little guidance from me.

With your free trial you get access to Reading Eggs, Reading Eggspress and Mathseeds. Their lessons are targeted for kids between 3-13.

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