Let’s Have a Ball!

The last few months we’ve been talking all about simple activity ideas, using our favorite things, books, blocks, and balls. Today we’re going to wrap up these simple activities by focusing on balls!

Balls have dynamics all their own:  they bounce, roll when pushed, soar when thrown, move unassisted down a ramp and come to a complete stop.  Because of this the dynamics of moving balls can help your child learn principles of physics and cause and effect.

Here’s some fun activities to try at home:

Quite the Catch: Using a variety of balls, try the following activities:

Drop the ball, let it bounce and then catch it.

Throw the ball into the air and catch it.

See how high you can throw the ball and still catch it.

Throw the ball into the air and see how many times you can clap your hands before you catch it.

Throw the ball against the wall and catch it.

Throw the ball back and forth with a friend.

Home Bowling: Using empty water or soda bottles, set up a small group of at least five bottles. Standing a few feet away, have your child roll a ball to the bottles and see how many he can know down. Make it a game with other people!

Balls in the Air: Hold the corners of a small blanket with your child to create a parachute. Place balls on the blanket and throw them up, trying to catch them on the blanket. Try different sized balls to add variation.

The Rhyming Ball Game: First have everyone sit in a circle. Hold a ball and say a word then roll it to the next person. The person who receives the ball then says a word that rhymes with your word. See how many words the circle can come up with, before picking a new word and starting again.

When you’re at Discovery Gateway next, be sure to have a ball in the Beehive exhibit in the Garden, the Magnet Wall in the STEAM Studio, the New Move It exhibit, and more!

Schools out for the Summer!

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With a full summer ahead, I’m sure you’re wondering “How do I keep my kids entertained?” In a child’s eyes, summer can be full of freedom and fun. The last thing you want your kids to do is spend all this free time glued to the TV!

Summer can be an amazing time to encourage kids to explore, try new things, build relationships, continue learning, and so much more. It’s important to utilize this time with you children.

“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.” ― George R.R. Martin

Research shows that many children will lose some of the knowledge gained during the school year, during the summer months. It’s vitally important for kids to keep learning during this break from school. As a parent you can facilitate this in a lot of different ways! Here’s some great ideas to keep your youngsters learning and growing all summer long.

Summer Camps

These are a great resource in which kids can learn from structured activities that are a lot of fun, not to mention educational. There are hundreds of resources throughout Utah for summer camps, depending on interest, price, and length of time.

  • Discovery Gateway has a lot of options to offer! Check out what camps are still available:

Girls Go Digital Summer Camp hosted by Junior Achievement City

Learn how to HACK, DESIGN, CODE & MAKE using technology and computer science. Any level of interest and experience is welcome.

June 27 – 30 | Girls ages 8-18

Register today! https://www.girlsgodigital.org/

Theatrical Technology

Learn all about the moviemaking process through the science of lighting and sound design, and the art of costumes and scenery. Write, direct, design and perform your own short movie with your fellow campers! Get ready for your big debut during the movie premier on Friday night with parents and guardians in the audience!

July 25 – 29 | Ages 8-11

8 am – 5 pm

Register in person or online

  • You can find nearly every other summer camp out there by visiting this site!

Community Activities

  • On your mark, get set, READ! Connect with your libraries summer reading program, not only can you read some great books. Many libraries also have weekly activities for your family to enjoy! Find your local library here.
  • Free summer lunches are happening across the state at a variety of locations. These lunches provide nutritious food and a chance to socialize with your community. Find the closest one to you by clicking here.
  • There are lots of other great activities going on within your community all summer long. Click here to find some of our favorite summer activities around the state.

Activities to do on your own

  • Play Unplugged! Spend time having fun, exploring, and connecting with agencies in your community by collecting Brag Badges with your children. This is a fun and free way to keep busy and try new things! Find more info here.

Have even more questions about how to keep your summer fun for the whole family? Contact Help Me Grow Utah by visiting our website or dialing 2-1-1 and asking for Help Me Grow.