Summer Technology Ideas for Kids
Now that we’re into the hot days of summer, you may find yourself struggling to keep your kids occupied. The excitement of “summer break” has worn off and complaints of “we’re bored” and “it’s so hot” may be common in your home. And, while we don’t want our kids tethered to a device all summer, we do want them to be learning. It is essential for their development.
The good news is that there are several ways you can provide technology for your child while also including play, learning, and skill development. There are the basic apps that teach science, math, reading, and writing, but lets get real, some apps are just downright boring.
Thankfully there are several wonderful apps out there that will teach your child while encouraging them to play! And when it comes to technology and learning, we need to think beyond simply handing our child a device and telling them to play an app. There are plenty of ways for kids to learn beyond the app!
To help get you started on fun summer technology ideas, I have listed several of my favorite technology ideas for kids below.
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Summer Technology Ideas for Kids
Digitally Alter Artwork
This is so fun and so easy. All you need is sketch paper and thick markers, preferably a black marker. Have your child draw a picture. Next, scan and save it to the computer. Be sure to save the picture as a JPEG or PNG file. This is the perfect opportunity to teach your child how to scan and save their work if they haven’t learned this skill yet. Have your child then upload their picture to a free program like PicMonkey and digitally alter it using all the fun filters, painting brushes, stickers, and backgrounds. It not only teaches traditional art but also the fun world of graphic design.
Create A Stop Motion Picture
If your child is into LEGOs, this is the perfect on-screen and off-screen pairing. Your child can make their own LEGO sets, characters, etc. They then take pictures and upload them to the free app, Stop Motion Studio. You can even record voice-overs using Stop Motion Studio (the old LEGO Movie Maker didn’t allow for voice overs). Your kids aren’t limited to LEGO movie creations with Stop Motion Studio either. They can create their own short stop motion film like Wallace and Gromit. This is a great activity for a rainy day. And, it teaches kids how to plan out and stick with a project.
Pro Tip: When your child has their movie created, have them share it with friends and family using Youtube or email. See my tips on YouTube video sharing options.
Summer is a great time for kids to learn new skills that interest them. And video creation and editing are fun when kids can learn them by creating their own projects. Veed has made learning how to create videos so simple. It works both Windows and Mac computers. Best of all it requires no software download or plugin. Using Veed kids can perform basic video editing tasks, like cutting, trimming, cropping, and rotating their videos. Once they’ve gone through the free video tutorials Veed offers, they can dive into some of the more complex software features like automatically removing background noise from your audio, or the fun old film effect to create a movie with a vintage feel. Creating movies gives kids so many possibilities and it’s a great activity for kids to work together.
Pro Tip: When your child has a their movie created, host a movie premiere party.
One of my favorite things to do while I was a kid was gaze up at the stars. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a super cool app like StarWalk. With StarWalk all you do is hold your phone or tablet up to the sky like you are going to take a picture. The app will then show you the stars it can see in your area. Tap on the different stars and the app will show you facts and tidbits about those stars. It also has a calendar of celestial events like planetary alignments, full moons, solar eclipses, and meteor showers. Best of all, this is a kid friendly version. So, the app is formatted and designed for kids. There is also an adult version if you have older kids or if you’d like it for yourself.
Pro Tip: If your child loves astronomy, see all my favorite Space Apps at The Homeschool Scientist.
I honestly think this is one of the best activities for kids. All you need is your phone and the free Geocaching app to get started. After you create your account you can choose a cache to go find. The GPS tracker will help you each step of the way. After you find it, sign the logbook and then continue on. You can trade the cache, which means you take what is there and leave something new behind. Just make sure you leave something behind. Just taking the cache is not a very good practice and ruins the fun for everyone. The best part of Geocaching is you can look for caches most anywhere in the world. The best place to start is in your hometown!
Photo Scavenger Hunt
When I was a kid I loved scavenger hunts. They were like a grand adventure where I got to be an explorer and find buried treasure. Now there are hundreds of scavenger hunt lists online. And playing is a breeze. The best part is that you can do it with your child and spend some quality time with them! Or you can invite a whole group, grab your phones, and start hunting. Every time you find something on the list, take a picture. Whoever finds the most items is the winner!
Pro Tip: Extend this adventure by using your photos to create a fun video so you can remember your scavenger hunt day. You can use a free video creation tool like Adobe Express which allows you to upload your images and select a song to make a movie.
I hope these ideas have given you some inspiration. What are your favorite summer technology ideas for kids? I’d love to hear your ideas! Share them in the comments section.