MSI Keeps Kids Learning This Summer!

I am a member of the MSI. This post is a collaboration with them but all experiences and opinions are my own.

I love having my kids home in the summer. BUT we fall into the too much screen time dilemma. Did you know kids lose approximately three months of learning while they are out of school? Thankfully, The Museum of Science + Industry has the solution with Summer Brain Games! They have eight free and fun at-home science experiments with step-by-step instructions, using items found around the house or easily purchased. My favorite part ... it gets my kids off of their screens and outside exploring, thinking AND doing.
Raising city kids means you have to work a little harder to find nature. It's amazing what you can find in the park down the street. Nature Bingo brings an afternoon of outside perfection! Be sure to download the printable here.
We found bees, ants, wildflowers, even plants that had been eaten by something.
This summer's project all focus on understanding how the Earth works and our impact on it. Nothing lights up a child's mind more than an experiment. I said, "Benny, how would you like to make a cloud?"
Not only was he thrilled to do it, BUT his older sister was excited as well!
This experiment couldn't have been easier AND all we needed was a 1 liter plastic bottle with lid, a measuring cup, a match and boiled water. (Always supervise when matches are involved.)
An afternoon outside on the patio making clouds with BOTH kids is a parenting win! Thank you MSI for the experimenting inspiration!

Be sure to register here to receive a free ticket to visit MSI! We'll be checking out these experiments there and you can to, Tuesdays through Fridays on July 17 through August 10.  Happy summer friends and keep learning, exploring and experimenting!

18 comments

  1. This seems like such a fun way to keep kids brains active during the summer! Too much screen time is definitely a worry for me over the summer with my son!

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  2. What a great sounding way to keep kids busy, active and learning over the summer. It is great how you can mix fun with education these days.

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  3. My boys and I need to try the cloud experiment. We have everything to try it so it will be cool to see how it works.

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  4. Making clouds looks like such a fun activity to do with kids! I want to try it out myself!
    xoxo
    Annie

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  5. Wow! This is such an interesting post. Loved MSI on how they make our kids happy and at the same time, learning something.

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  6. Very cool post. Love that you are taking the time to find nature around you and sharing that with your son.

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  7. I love fun activities with kids! I'll have to try this with my nanny family

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  8. This looks like so much fun! My son would love doing an activity like this. I'll have to look more into it, thanks for sharing!

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  9. These sound like fun and educational family activities. There is no better time to learn about science than when the weather is nice!

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  10. My kids would have so much fun with these! This is a great way for them to have fun during the summertime especially!

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  11. Definitely a good alternative to watching television! As a kid I was always outside, but if I wasn't kept busy I was causing mischief haha.

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  12. What a great way to keep the kids engaged and learning throughout the summer. I wish I would have found ideas like this when my kids were young. Now that they are teenagers it is less likely they will participate in the fun.

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  13. Wow this will be really helpful. Because we are living in the city, we find it hard to teach them things about nature. Seeing things with their own eyes vs tale telling would make a big difference. Thanks for this.

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  14. What a cool post! Wow. This is a good way to keep the kids aware of things. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  15. I need to try this with the grandkids the next time they tell me they're bored and even if they don't. I want them to be aware of nature like I was at a child.

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  16. Love it that learning isn't confined to the classroom only but even at home one can learn science, math or any subject.

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  17. Oh, how neat is this? I will certainly have to look this up. My kids would love something like this.

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  18. What a brilliant and great way to keep kids busy.they get to have fun and learn at the same time.

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