How to Avoid Summer ‘Brain Drain’

Research suggests that kids tend to lose math and reading skills over the summer. Here are some fun ways to keep them curious and engaged.

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Make the vacation itinerary a family affair.

On trips, Dunn says, the possibilities are endless. Research the place to which you’re headed (be it beach, lake, mountains, city or perhaps a foreign country), then create a kid-oriented scavenger hunt of local landmarks, natural formations or cultural artifacts, with the prize being a meal at a restaurant of the winner’s choice. Have your kids map (remember those?) a route to each destination while calculating the distance in miles or kilometers. Give them a budget for each stop and let them determine how much everyone gets to spend on food, museum tickets and souvenirs.

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