Summer break is upon us, and while we hope kids have plenty of time to relax, unwind and enjoy family and friends and the great outdoors, we also know that a long lapse from learning may spell trouble when the school bell rings again in the fall. So we’ve rounded up some great green educational learning tools so you can help sneak in some academics disguised as fun over the next couple of months. It’s a tall order making math a desirable topic for some (most) kids, but these games and tools make learning math a super playful and engaging endeavor. If your kiddos like building blocks – help them take their math skills to new heights with wooden multiblocks which feature laser-etched numbers and increments that may be used to teach counting, addition and subtraction. These beautiful and artistic foreign language recycled posters and cards will have your child speaking a second language in no time. Make your own wooden photo flashcards featuring objects, people and places that interest your child, via this tutorial. Read on for more great learning tools!
Does your kiddo need to learn to tie her shoes before school resumes? Gift her with one of these eco-friendly lacing toys that will hone her dexterity and act as an anchor for shoe-tying practice. Creativity and art should always be encouraged and are a vital part of every curriculum. Make sure there are always plenty of eco art supplies available for your budding artist. You don’t have to spend money to present your kids with new learning tools. Head to Mr. Printables and stock up on free educational flashcards you can print up at home. Cure your older child’s boredom blues by having him head to DIY.org to learn new skills, and create and collaborate with other kids to keep his mind sharp!