As summer begins, it’s not always easy to keep our kids entertained and engaged over the long, hot months! It’s important that when we turn to a source of entertainment we incorporate some type of education. My 5 must-do summer activities allow parents to bond with their children, keep them entertained and teach them something new, keeping them ahead of the game!

#1 Take advantage of a road trip or a rainy day – Want to send your children back to school speaking a second language? Try the Early Lingo DVD series in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and German. The 6 DVD series follows adventures such as Colors and Shapes at the Park and Opposites at the Beach. Learning a foreign language gives children a competitive edge.

#2 Channel your inner Rachael Ray – Grocery shopping and cooking with children of any age is a fun activity that not only teaches children to make healthy choices, but also helps them learn new vocabulary, math skills, how to follow directions, team work and sharing. Check out the kid friendly recipes on our website!

#3 Treasure Hunts – Treasure hunts incorporate learning and fun! Have two clues – one for the hunt and the second to solve. You can make up clues based on what your children are learning in school or things you’ve taught them about geography, history, etc.

#4 Pick up a new hobby, together – Schedule a few hours a week to learn a new craft together. Sign up for a class or find a DIY hobby such as scrapbooking a family trip or event.

#5 Be active –  Physical activity inspires creativity. Go for a hike, a beach walk or even pop in a dance or work out DVD in the living room.