Summer is fast approaching, and that means the structured school schedule of activities is soon coming to an end. With just a few weeks left before summer vacation, now is the time to plan ahead to ensure that your children have a fun and educational summer!
According to the National Summer Learning Association, “All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.” This means that keeping your child’s mind active over summer is just as important as keeping their body active.
But your kids don’t need to know that they are learning—just let them think they’re having fun with some of MindWare’s favorite educational toys for summer!
Bucket Blast: Up to 6 teams can run, toss, balance, chase and strategize their way through 15 fitness-friendly activities. Durable, high quality components stand up to rough and tumble play. With inside, outside and water-play options, this set has it all. Ages 6 and up.
A Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner, an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award winner and a Dr. Toy Top 10 Game Award winner!
Mine Shift: How can you forge ahead through the jeweled walls of the mine shaft? Shift them! Rotate a game tile a quarter turn to move the mine wall and allow your gemstone access. Or rotate tiles to prevent your opponent from moving. There are walls everywhere, but strategic miners can successfully make their way through to the other side. With 27 game board tiles, the set-ups are unlimited for a brand new game every time you play. Ages 8 and up
Mine Shift recently won the Mensa Select Award!
Crime Catchers Spy Science: Young scientists will get a taste of how real crime labs work through this hands-on experiment kit. Follow the journey of Juan and Anita, the brother-sister crime fighting duo, through two questionable crimes. From matching DNA to testing fingerprints, eight different scientific activities will help Juan and Anita pinpoint the right suspects and solve the mysteries. Ages 8 and up.
Boochie: Toss between your legs! Toss behind your back! Who can toss their bean ball and hoop closest to the Boochie ball? Special wrist trackers provide different, outrageous throwing challenges every round. The player with the most points wins! Ages 8 and up.
An Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award!
For more educational toys to keep your kids busy this summer, visit MindWare.com!