Tech for Combating Summer Brain Drain
Summer’s here which means sun, beach…and, uh oh, the dreaded brain drain. Yes, summer brain drain is a real thing, and experts state that over the summer, kids lose as much as two months of math and reading skills. Eeek! Luckily, thanks to some neat tech products, there are great ways to keep those brains active and engaged while still letting kids enjoy being footloose and fancy-free this summer.
Here are five fun products to consider:
Sphero is a next-generation ball that is COMPLETELY controlled by your smartphone or tablet. There are 30 apps to choose from for entertainment and education, which introduce coding and programming. Kids can learn about physics and math concepts without even realizing it! Plus it’s waterproof, dustproof and petproof and can definitely handle the outdoor elements summer has to throw at it. ($129)
Any kind of reading is good reading, in my opinion, and the Epic! app is a great way for kids to have a virtual library in their hands. This is an online kids’ book subscription service that features popular titles from publishers like HarperCollins, National Geographic and more. Kids will love being able to use tech for reading and parents will love the reading log that is built into the app to track progress. ($4.99 per month for unlimited books, iOS and Android)
Use this fun app to get ideas for science experiments you can do with your kids in the kitchen. You can search the app by ingredients you have handy, age of the scientists or time you have available. This app gives kids and parents experiments to do together and keeps kids learning in a fun (and messy) way. (Free for iOS)
Your kids can channel their inner inventor with LittleBits which gets those creative juices flowing to build anything from simple to complex. Whether it’s lighting a bulb or creating a smart home sensor, anything is possible with these modular and super fun electronic building blocks. ($99 for base kit, additional kits vary in price)
Using your brain is also about exploring and creating, and the Instamax Mini 8 is a perfect way for kids to do that. Give kids a summer-long assignment to take photos of whatever they want, then supply them with glue and a scrapbook for them to create and present their book of summer memories. It’s a fun project and a great keepsake of their adventures. ($69)