This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. All views and opinions are completely my own.
Indeed, Summer time is a time for kids to kick back and relax. However too many ‘lazy days’ can lead to forgetting the concepts they learned in class, which could lead to a rough start at the beginning of the school year.
In fact, research shows that kids can lose one to three months of learning over the summer, what’s called the “Summer Brain Drain.”
This is something that I definitely do not want to happen with my kids! It is important to me that they continue to learn over the summer even though school is out. So, each year I search for new and exciting ways to keep their minds engaged throughout the warmer months. For me, simply buying the latest learning video game does not cut it. I want them to do activities that get them tuned in to the world around them. I also look for things that won’t take a big bite out of our summer budget.
I recently discovered that The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry offers exactly what I need: a fun and free online science program called Summer Brain Games that will keep kids learning this summer and prevent the “summer brain drain.”
Summer Brain Games delivers an online kit via email each week that features an experiment or science challenge that can easily be performed at home with kids of all ages with minimal adult assistance. The materials for each project are very inexpensive, with most being items that may already be at home. And with detailed, easy-to-follow instructions and explanations, my kids needed very little help from me to complete them.
They have tried their hand at two of the experiments already and they love them! Their favorite so far is the tetrahedral kite:
The materials needed for the kite – very simple!
The kids also made their own pinhole viewer.
On a sunny day, look through the viewer and everything will be seen upside down!
All of us learned a great deal about how light travels, eye function, air force, and even Newton’s third law of motion while completing the experiments. What I love the most is that I can make the experiments last all summer long by having the kids try different ways to explore them, such as using a paper towel tube to create the pinhole viewer, or making both projects in different sizes to see if there’s a change in how they work. Plus, they are great for both outdoor and indoor play.
Not sure if your kids will get on board? Try sharing the program with them and allowing them to choose the materials for each experiment: the colors, sizes, etc. Set aside a specific day each week to be “Summer Brain Game” day—mark it on the family calendar, and reward participation with a special summer treat afterwards. Additionally, try to do outdoor play as often as possible at various local parks (to break kids away from the TV screen!).
If you are seeking some fun, easy, and low-cost activities for your children to do this summer, definitely check out the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry’s Summer Brain Games online program. It’s free to register, and you’ll get pass to come to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry for free this summer!
~And if you need more than one pass, you’re in luck: I am giving away 4 tickets to the Museum!
One (1) lucky winner will receive a special ‘Family Four Pack‘ that includes the following:
- Four (4) complimentary admission passes to The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois (expires 12/31/2013). Retail Value: $76.00.
Entering is easy!! All you have to do is:
- Leave a comment below telling me your favorite activity to do with kids during the summer.
- Register for the Summer Brain Games: msichicago.org/summerbrain (Remember! Registration automatically gets you one free ticket to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.)
And viola – you’re entered! 🙂
This giveaway ends on Friday July 5th at 12pm NOON CST. The winner will be drawn and notified on the same day, at 4pm CST.
You can find out information on the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, their special programs and more by visiting their website.
- Open to U.S. residents 18 and older only.
- You have to register for Summer Brain Games at: msichicago.org/summerbrain AND have left a comment below on this post to be considered as ‘entered’ in the drawing. (‘response’ comments have been disabled for this post.)
- Random.org will be used to select the winners.
- When entering your comment below, a valid email address must be used (no worries, it does not show visible on the site).
- If the selected winner does not claim their prize within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
Be sure to enter! ~Good Luck!
*The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is offering a fun and free online science program called Summer Brain Games. The eight-week program lasts from June 17, 2013-August 12, 2013 and features a weekly experiment or science challenge that can easily be performed at home with kids of all ages.
*Visit msichicago.org/summerbrain now to register for Summer Brain Games and download your free Summer Brain Games kit. As an added bonus, registering automatically gets you a pass to come to the Museum for free this summer.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. All views and opinions are completely my own.