Top 5 Summer Activities for Youthto Keep the Brain Active During Summer Vacation
It’s barely been a few weeks since the school bell rang, dismissing students from school and welcoming them to summer vacation. Before long, it’ll be Labor Day weekend! But until then, CoolSpeak is offering you the Top 5 Summer activities for youth to keep your brain active during summer vacation.
Naturally, students of all ages will begin their summer plans and dreams, meanwhile forgetting anything and everything that is school related. According to Emily Patterson from Primrose Schools, children can lose up to 60 percent of their learning from the previous school year during their summer break. In order to prevent this from happening, it is critical to keep the brain active and the imagination alive.
At CoolSpeak, we strive to put the motivation back into education. We are here to make learning fun and suggest summer activities for youth that can keep your brain sharp and be far better than video games, television, and sitting around.
Top 5 Summer Activities for Youth
- Write Something Everyday
Writing for a school assignment can be a tedious and difficult challenge for some, but have you ever tried writing for fun? Mashable has found that writing can improve your memory along with other skills, such as creativity and coordination. You could keep a journal or write a story. No matter what it is, write something, even if it is only a few words.
- Do a Daily Math Problem
When you do math, your brain has to analyze and solve the problem. Even one math problem can stretch your mind to problem solve and improve your critical thinking skills. There are countless places to go to find math problems, such as Math Buddy. This website even has a question of the day, where you can go and do a daily math problem. You could even get the app found on Google Play or the App Store.
- Read Everyday
Reading is a great way to keep your mind and imagination active. When you are reading, you have to look at words, remember vocabulary, and make connections between your imagination and the plot of the book. There is no limit to what, when, or how much you read. Stay tuned… in an upcoming blog, we’ll explore “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and its correlation to Johnny Cash with Joaquin Zihuatanejo!
- Create Something
Whether you paint or draw a picture, cook, bake, or write a song, you are visualizing an idea and using your imagination to think of ways to make it happen. This way, you are keeping your brain active and you’re also making something that you can enjoy! Plus, it teaches you the importance of how “practice makes perfect.”
- Keep Physically Active
Not only should you focus on keeping your brain active, but you should also make sure you keep your body active during the summer. Exercising keeps your body healthy, revives the mind, and improves your mood by releasing endorphins, or “feel-good” chemicals. You could consider riding a bike, running, walking, swimming, or even dancing. Remember, healthy body + healthy mind = happy life.
Many of our student-athletes are already involved in summer sports and activities, so remember to also rest, hydrate, and maintain proper nutrition habits.
These summer activities for youth can be easy and fun to keep your brain active while you are out of school. The key is to stay motivated and challenge yourself. Just thinking of things to do is an exercise for your brain in itself!
Bonus: Host a CoolSpeak Program
Our bonus suggestion is to host a CoolSpeak Program at your school, church, or organization. We’ll bring a complete program… you bring the kids and the energy!!
We hope you will use these ideas, or even come up with your own, and put the motivation back in education to stay mentally active and have a fun summer vacation!
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