7 workshops and games to play

That summer holidays they mark an important step in life and experiential growth for girls, boys and young people. They have much more free time, free from school and leisure obligationsand they can spend their days doing the activities they like best.

But despite the fact that the children’s imagination knows no bounds, the break period is not short and it is important, in addition to a well-deserved rest, keep your mind and body fitalso not to waste what has been learned during the year: with the right attention, the summer can give you the opportunity to continue learning in an even more active and fun way!

To stimulate the imagination for the little ones, but also for the big ones, we offer you:

7 fun laboratory and play activities to do inside and outside the home

  • An archipelago of adventures. Are you ready to live an adventure and overcome many tests? Sail between the islands of Educational Archipelago and discover the special missions you have to complete and how many things you can learn while having fun! Through play and adventure you train your mind, yes discovering the world and you can experience small adventures, even in the city! This activity can be done in one day, like a treasure hunt, or over several days, drawing a different card each day. Prepare one pirate treasure chest to contain playing cards, you can use, for example, shoe boxes to paint or cover. Once the chest is ready, insert the cards and map and let the fun begin!
  • Crazy stories. Listen to a story, but pay close attention: inside there are hidden excesses and mistakes, don’t miss them! The game aims to improve the ability to mentally construct the representation of what you read and about stimulate oral attention and the inferential processes underlying the understanding of the text. Someone will read a story aloud and ask girls and boys to pay close attention and point out that there are some wrong parts or some mistakes (created ad hoc) in the story. The listener will have to make a gesture/ agreed movement (e.g. clapping hands or standing up) when he thinks he has identified an error.
  • The BUM game: An activity to play with rows of numbers, discover the multiplication tables, to brush up on math for the new school year. Boys and girls sit in a circle or semi-circle: it is important that there is a clear arrangement between them and that everyone can see the children who go ahead. The reference adult in the middle indicates the first child to start counting and specifies the order (clockwise or counter-clockwise) in which to continue counting. Each child must say a number in progressive order: one, two, three, four … The rule will be “two children are sitting and the third is standing up“. The children start counting and those who have to say a multiple of 3 will have to stand up while saying their number and then sit back down. The goal is to succeed count to the highest possible number without making mistakes and not being eliminated.
  • Floris: an activity that unites nature, art and technology. Have fun creating flowers, insects or other natural elements with papers and colors, photograph them and add them to the Floris Digital App. The laboratory provides the opportunity to develop creativity and observation skills and research by boys and girls and through immersion in a digital natural environment and creative interaction with it, design new insects and populate the APP with their own creations.
  • Our puzzle week: an activity for do a crossword puzzle to propose to friends, companions and family, to be filled under the umbrella! The laboratory must thus train lexical production, spelling and the connection between the definition of concepts and words. In addition, it promotes teamwork and group cohesion through the creation of a common product. Initially, the thematic focus is identified, then the words that will be inserted to create the structure of the crossword, and then the definitions are chosen. At the end of the creation of the structure will come created a billboard with the scheme and definitions.
  • Wolf eats … grammar! A movement game that revisits the classic “Wolf eats fruit” to power up grammatical skills. The rules are those of the classic childhood game “Wolf eats fruit”, but unlike the traditional version, the child playing the role of the wolf will turn to the other children and call the various grammatical components from time to time subject to reinforcement. The children playing the role of the specific component will have to escape from the wolf that will try to catch them. The strength of the activity is to stimulate learning in a playful way through group work that gives the opportunity to receive learning feedback and peer reinforcement.
  • Mission Hotel for insects. A concrete contribution to combat the loss of biodiversity, through the construction of an insect shelter. The laboratory proposes to discover the hidden world of insects and understand that they are a key factor for the environment. The activity includes the design and construction of a small house that hosts insects useful in your garden or kitchen garden. The strength of the activity is to raise awareness of the fragility of the natural balances in girls and boys and of the possibility of reducing their impact on the ecosystem.

are you looking for other ideas for play and learning during the summer? At Educational Archipelago you can find many other games, activities and workshops.

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