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Learning Games and Activities for Children to do During the Summer Holidays

6a00e55111563088340168e6f3fc88970c-320wiContinuing on from last week’s blog post, we’ve put together a few more activities to do with your children this summer. By keeping their minds activities during these few weeks off, they’ll be fully prepared for school in September.

Money

– Shopping
When shopping look for items that are cheaper than a dollar. Ask your children to pick a couple of items so that the total can be bought for $3.50. They’re rewarded with the items they’ve picked!

– Banks
Give your children piles of 5, 10 and 25 cents to count. If you give them fifteen 5 cent coins, how much is the total?
How many 10 cent coins will they give you to make a dollar?
If you have ten 5 cent coins, ask them how many 10 cent coins will they swap you for them?

– Piggy Bank
Most children like to collect money in a piggy bank, so every time they have earned pocket money give it to them in change.
When the piggy bank is nearly full ask you children to figure out the best way to count all the money. Big coins first? Make 10s? Put all the same values together? Randomly? Start with a few coins then add more, depending on your child’s confidence.
Shape

– 2D Identification
On walks, drives or at home, spot and name any 2D shapes that you see, for example: road signs = triangle and a window = square. Ask you children to draw them and then label them with the name of the shape.

– 2D Cutting
From newspapers/magazines, cut out pictures of 2D shapes to make colourful pictures.

– Shape Make
Use an old food box or greetings card to make a range of 2D shapes. Quadrilaterals and triangles should be easy, as should irregular pentagons, hexagons, heptagons and octagons.

– 2D Drawing
Use accurate ruler skills (or shapes made above) to make a picture using 2D shapes. For example, a house with square windows, rectangular door and circular door handle.

– Right Angle Hunt
Look around you to find lots of right angles (90 degrees). You could play an eye-spy type game (“I spy with my little eye a right angle on something blue and metal.”)

– 3D Identification
Draw and name any 3D shapes that you see at home or on your travels. For example a can = a cylinder, ball = sphere. Ask your children to name them and identify some of their properties.

– 3D Model
Make a model with ‘junk’ using mathematical names for the shapes. Discuss their properties, for example: vertices (corners), edges and faces.

Enjoy! Let us know which ones you try!

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Our Top 3 (Last Minute) Events to Attend on Canada Day 2015

canada-day-fireworks-586x438Canada Day, the best stat holiday of the year (in our opinion), but if you’re like us and you haven’t made any solid plans for tomorrow yet, here are some last minute ideas for you and your family! It’s always hard to keep track of what’s happening or what’s worth venturing out into the busy city for. Here’s a list of the 3 events we might attend tomorrow:

Fireworks!

We love the amount of fireworks on display around the city and the largest display this year is at Ashbridges Bay. It’s going to get started around 9.30pm but it’s bound to be packed so get there early! There are a few smaller shows too at Mel Lastman Square, Downsview Park and at Canada’s Wonderland.

If you’re looking to celebrate Canada Day tonight, the Harbourfront Centre is having a fireworks show Tuesday night at 10:30 pm and it will be accompanied by a playlist of Canadian music.

Fringe Fest

The Toronto Fringe Festival starts tomorrow with a lineup for 148 shows, including 60 comedies, 30 drama and 13 musicals. We’re thinking about taking our children to Hamlet, a kid-friendly puppet show (4.30pm at the George Ignatieff Theatre)! Also Uncle Tommy’s Campfire Ghost Stories (10pm at FIKA Cafe) sounds fun! However, there’s no rush to get the Fringe Festival tomorrow as it runs until July 12.

Ribs Ahoy…

Last Sunday Toronto Ribfest was forced to cancel its third day due to bad weather. It’s not going to take place tomorrow instead! So for meat lovers this maybe a fun event to attend tomorrow as the schedule is full of family friendly activities, live music, BBQ demos and of course tasty ribs to be devoured. The day concludes with a fireworks display around 10 p.m.

What are you guys doing tomorrow? Let us know!

HAPPY CANADA DAY EVERYONE.

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