Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Who says learning can’t be fun? Not NEST 529! With school being out for summer it can often be a challenge to make sure your child is continuously learning all summer long. To help bring education into your home, we’ve put together a few of our favorite summer learning activities for children of all ages:

Travel Agent Fun  
To help strengthen your child’s research skills and tap into his or her creativity, have your child use the internet, travel brochures and books from the library to learn about a destination he or she would like to travel to. From the findings, task your child with creating his or her own travel brochure about the destination, including the history of the place, fun things to do there, and an itinerary for a day. (Recommended for children ten and older.)

Pen Pal-ing
To help build creative writing and spelling skills, have your child write letters to friends and family detailing his or her summer activities. Provide your child with a stamp and encourage him or her to keep up correspondences all summer long. (Recommended for children five to eight).

S’mores Galore

To help refine your child’s budgeting skills, have him or her outline the materials needed to make s’mores as well as create a budget of how much he or she anticipates each item to cost. Then, take a trip to the grocery store together, source the items you need and have your child use the receipt to calculate how close the budget came to the actual prices. (Recommended for children seven and older).

BBQ Bonanza

To help refine creative thinking skills and practice ABCs, have your child draw a picture of his or her dream BBQ, that includes a picture of an object for every letter of the alphabet (ex. apples for a; burgers for b; chips for c). (Recommended for children under five).

Sandbox Spelling

To help your child practice spelling skills, have him or her trace summer related words (such as sea or sun) into the sandbox. As an added bonus, have your child select his or her own words and try to sound out the spelling independently. (Recommended for children four to six).

Helping your child learn all summer long is a valuable way to keep him or her academically challenged and helps pave a strong road to higher education. Looking for additional fun learning-themed activities? Check out the Kids’ Time sections in our Newsletters.