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Just because summer is here doesn’t mean the learning stops. Instead, it provides parents with a wonderful opportunity to let their kids explore subjects they may not normally be exposed to in school. Here are three topics your child may have fun learning about…

The Beach
Even if you don’t make it to the coast this summer, your children might enjoy discovering fun facts about the beach. From sand dollars to tidal waves, lighthouses to sea glass, this coastal habitat is full of exciting organisms and other objects. Beef up your child’s science skills by thinking up ways to extract salt from seawater, or let your child practice his math skills by letting him sort seashells.

- Seashore(One Small Square) by Donald Silver and Patricia Wynne. One Small Square is an excellent series of books featuring beautiful, full-color illustrations of each habitat and its creatures, as well as experiments and activities. Each book in this series is a picture field guide of the habitat for children and includes a glossary-index and resource list.

- Seashore(Eyewitness Videos) by DK Publishing. DK’s award-winning Eyewitness Video series, now on DVD! From crashing waves and blasting winds to placid tide pools, discover what makes our coastlines so alluring to the masses of wildlife and humans who gather there in this video.

- Seashore Life Nature Activity Book: Educational Games & Activities for Kids of All Ages (Children’s Nature Activity Book) by James Kavanagh. Designed to complement the K–12 curriculum, this entertaining activity book features dozens of nature-related games, quizzes, and classroom activities that engage children in seashore life, nature, and natural sciences.

The Stars
Exploring space is always a fascinating topic for kids. Learning about the planets in our solar system (Did you know Pluto is no longer considered a planet?), or the life of a star can capture a child’s imagination instantly. My children really love learning about the constellations and the stories behind each one.

- LeapFrog Tag Solar System Adventure Pack – If you have a TAG reader, this pack is a lot of fun and teaches about orbits, dwarf planets, comets, and much, much more.

- The Magic School Bus: The Secrets of Space by The Young Scientists Club – This fun activity pack lets your kids construct a night-vision flashlight, design a solar system mobile, build a constellation box, and draw constellation cards.

- Leap Into Space (Kids Can!) by Nancy Castaldo. An out-of-this-world book with intriguing experiments, engaging illustrations, amazing facts, photographs of space, and lots of ideas for things to do. Perfect for children ages 8 – 13.

The Ocean
Down in the ocean lies an underwater world full of beauty and mystery. Help your children explore and discover the amazing creatures that live in the sea, as well as learn about how oceans are formed and why they are important for our planet.

- Professor Noggin’s Life in the Ocean – Card game that explores underwater life.

- 1-2-3 Draw Ocean Life by Freddie Levin – Each step is carefully shown and finished in full color.

- Oceans: An Activity Guide for Ages 6-9 by Nancy Castaldo – You don’t have to be near the ocean to complete all of the activities in this book! Kids can carve a polar bear in soap, play an echolocation game, and test various ways to clean up an oil spill.


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