It is getting to be that time of the year where summer heat is beginning to kick in and parents see looming days ahead with no relief in sight. So what to do?Why not try some summer activities that will not break the bank but will ge kid using those academic skills in a fun, cool way, like…. our old standby favorite… guessimating how many watermelon seeds there are and then counting them? making a summer time capsule of memories? these can be from a vacation, favorite song, favorite activity, food, etc. (Write a letter to your future self) make homemade ice cream or sidewalk chalk ( wow, and what a great way to practice those math skills) Write and act out a play based on the events of 1776, or pretend that George Washington or Ben Franklin were writing a blog today?! visit a science, nature, or art museum. So many of them are interactiv now, and it is a great way to spend the afternoon. Make your own freezer pops. Compare ad contrast the flavors and drinks you use! Try to make different bubble recipes. See which make te biggeset bubbles. Use differnt wands to see if that makes a difference, or create your own. Sand Art drawings are always fun, and a great way to us shells fromyour vacation. You could even draw a cartoon or animation to go with it, and upload it to You-Tube. Tye dye a beach towel or sun shirt. This is also a great way to find family members quickly on vacations in large places like Disney or Sea World. How about beading a pair of inexpensive flip flop straps or adding jewels to fabric straps? How about the zoo or the local aquarium? Any other ideas? Feel free to post them here!