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    28 Hacks To Avoid Summer Slide

    Summer is just around the corner! We've compiled 28 DIY ideas and free resources to keep learning going all summer long -- when kids least expect it. (: by Clara Galán

    1. Word jar

    Via whatdowedoallday.com

    Put new words in the vocabulary jar - and review them at the end of the summer.

    2. Solar cooker

    Via stevespanglerscience.com

    How does solar energy work? Experiment making this easy solar oven to cook summer s'mores.

    3. Water balloon math

    Via notimeforflashcards.com

    Keep cool and practice math facts.

    4. Journaling

    Via wrightingwords.com

    Spark imaginations with these 201 creative writing prompts.

    5. Food masterpieces

    Via mashable.com

    Pretty amazing. Eat healthy and study art masterpieces at the same time!

    6. Get creative with chalk

    Via learningliftoff.com

    Play hopscotch with sight words to practice reading. Use more complex vocabulary words with older kids.

    7. Educational online games

    Via ayearofmanyfirsts.blogspot.com

    Kids can play these free educational web-based games from anywhere.

    8. Fossil cookies

    Via marthastewart.com

    Bake a tasty treat and learn about archeology at the same time.

    9. Scavenger hunt

    Via remind.com

    Use the free Remind app to send clues for scavenger hunts. Get kids moving and help them practice using mobile devices.

    10. Virtual music

    Via virtualpiano.net

    Got a budding musician? Practice tunes on this free virtual piano.

    11. Yoga

    Via parenting.com

    Focus and relax through these kid-friendly Yoga moves.

    12. Anatomy apron

    Via remind.com

    A hands-on way to practice the digestive system.

    13. Change critters

    Via family.disney.com

    Ask kids to create their own critter and see how much it costs. (Bonus: What adaptations does it have?)

    14. Book-themed party

    Via karaspartyideas.com

    After your kids finish a summer book, help their reading come to life! (Hint: You can make those Harry Potter wands out of pipe cleaners or pretzels.)

    15. Balloon Rocket Car

    Via hometrainingtools.com

    Kids can create this balloon rocket car with household items to understand the Laws of Motion.

    16. Virtual museum

    Via classtechtips.com

    Don't leave near an art museum? Visit all of the great masterpieces online.

    17. Write a play

    Via creative-writing-ideas-and-activities.com

    Ask your child to pick one of their favorite stories and write a play about it. Put on a production for the entire family!

    18. Create a Makerspace

    Via ikeahackers.net

    Convert a metal-frame based IKEA PS 2014 wardrobe (or other desk) into a maker space.

    19. Mobile apps

    Via commonsensemedia.org

    From learning the basics of coding to creating videos, Common Sense Media has every parent-approved app covered with their Summer Learning Guide.

    20. Story cubes

    Via storycubes.com

    Using story cubes is a fun way to inspire writing, dance or art. When kids roll the dice, each imprinted with a different image, they can develop a story from the pictures.

    21. Summer passport

    Via pinterest.com

    Make a summer passport - add in everyday errands and anywhere you are traveling.

    22. Write a comic strip

    Via readwritethink.org

    Kids can write and illustrate their own comics for free on Read Write Think.

    23. Reading timer

    Via classtechtips.com

    Tracking time for a summer reading program? Check out this timer from Scholastic.

    24. Pool games

    Via kristin.asenseofwonderplayschool.com

    Encourage kids to be active this summer with these creative pool games

    25. Solve a mystery

    Via bbc.co.uk

    BBC's Questionaut is a free game that requires students to explore the interface and think critically before questions are given.

    26. DIY garden dolls

    Via redtedart.com

    Kids can learn to grow and nurture their own creation.

    27. Lego challenges

    Via teenlibrariantoolbox.com

    Explore creativity and science with these Lego challenges.

    28. Summer reading

    Via fortheteachers.org

    From visiting your local library to journaling, try these 8 ways to help your child with reading.

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