Summer break is upon us and for many families, that means three months packed with fun activities with the kiddos! But just because your little ones have a break from school doesn’t mean they have to take a break from learning. Below are some suggestions of how you can utilize apps from the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library to complement some of your summer activities. Whether you are splurging on a sunny beach vacation or just keeping it mellow at home, your kids will have so much fun, they won’t even know they’re learning! In fact, you might even learn something too.
Activity: Traveling somewhere
App to Download: There’s a Map on My Lap!
Whether you are going on a family road trip or flying across the country on an airplane, reading There’s a Map on My Lap! is the perfect way to teach your kids how to use and read maps. This app introduces youngsters to different map formats (globe, atlas, puzzle), as well as tools (symbols, scales, grids, compasses). Read it together while you are stuck in the car or airplane, then allow them to practice what they have learned by analyzing a real map when you arrive at your destination!
Activity: Visiting an aquarium or whale watching
App to Download: A Whale of a Tale!
If a visit to the aquarium or whale watching on the open seas is on your summer itinerary, Whale of a Tale! is a must-have. In this story, the Cat in the Hat teaches kids all about cetaceans- whales, dolphins, and porpoises- with interactive diagrams and glossary words. Read the app before you leave the house, then talk to your kids about what they learned when you see the animals in real life!
Activity: Going to the park
App to Download: My, Oh My-A Butterfly!
An afternoon at a park is the perfect way to spend a warm summer day, especially with all the beautiful butterflies that emerge this time of year. Teach your kids all about the different types of butterflies, their life cycles from caterpillars, and much more in My, Oh My-A Butterfly, then see if you can identify the species of the ones you see in the park!
Activity: Beach Vacation
App to Download: Clam-I-Am!
Headed to the beach this summer? Be sure to add Clam-I-Am to your kids’ reading list and have the Cat in the Hat teach them all about beach wildlife and their habitats. Once beachside, talk with your kids about what they have learned when you come across hermit crabs, jellyfish (don’t get stung!), sand fleas, starfish, seagulls, and more!
Activity: Camping (or any outdoor activity)
App to Download: Fine Feathered Friends
If you’ll be spending some time in the great outdoors this summer, be sure to read Fine Feathered Friends- a delightful story that will take your kids on a bird-watching tour with the Cat in the Hat to teach them about a variety of bird species. Then, see if you can identify the birds you see while you are camping or spending time outside.
Activity: Horse-back riding
App to Download: If I Ran the Horse Show
If you’re planning a horse-backing riding outing (or if you just have a horse fanatic in your house), If I Ran the Horse Show is the app for you! This app takes kids to the Cat in the Hat’s Super-Tremendous-Studependous Horse Show to teach them about all things horsey- including fun facts about 13 of the most popular breeds. Load up on facts before you get on that saddle and then get your kids to tell you what they learned.
App to Download: I Can Name 50 Trees Today!
Hitting the trails this summer? Make a game out of it by reading I Can Name 50 Trees Today- an app that introduces kids to many, many different types of trees- and then challenging your little hikers to identify the trees they see based on what they have learned.
Activity: Going on a tropical vacation
App to Download: If I Ran the Rainforest
If you’re lucky enough to be going on a tropical vacation with your family, 1) we are jealous; and 2) make sure you bring If I Ran the Rainforest along! In this app, the Cat in the Hat takes Dick and Sally for an “umbrella-vator” ride through the understory, canopy, and emergent layers of a tropical rain forest. Teach your kids all about some of the plants and animals they might see on vacation!
The Museum of Natural History is a great place to take your kids during the summer, and we have two apps that will help enhance their learning! If you’re planning on strolling through the dino exhibit, read Oh Say Can You Di-no-saur to learn some interesting facts about dinosaurs. If your kids love the planetarium, try There’s No Place Like Space!, which comes complete with an interactive telescope. Read the books again after your visit and talk to them about what they saw at the museum.
We hope everyone has a fun and safe summer break with their families! Tell us what your plans are in a comment below.