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Music and art can help increase learning for children because these activities provide unique sensory input and mental stimulation. When kids have success with music and art, you may see an increase in self-confidence as well as improved social and communication skills. Engaging with music can help children’s language and mathematical development, memory and physical coordination. Creativity blossoms when kids have time and freedom to experiment with a range of media including crayons, paints, wire, clay and more.
This week's activities, including handmade instruments, interactive crafts, and a home art gallery, can be used later during Storytelling week.
Make musical instruments this week: a shaker from a sugar canister, a drum from an empty oatmeal container or a tambourine from two aluminum pie plates. Be creative! Check out the box guitar we made from an old Leapster box!
Use the instruments to accompany a well-known song, or create a rhythm of your own—and a dance to go with it. Take a picture and you could win one of our weekly prizes!
Self-portraits are an introspective art form. Kids often put themselves in their drawings, but focusing on a self portrait can help a child confront the question, "Who Am I?" and so can be an important part of their learning and personal development. This printable encourages your child to draw himself in his room—his most personal space.
Make your home into a museum when you artfully display your things. This activity suggests you display and discuss common household items, as if in a museum. But today you can also add the masterpieces you created this week! Encourage your child to title each piece. Invite other kids to participate with their art. Brainstorm words you might use to describe art, such as colorful, lively, abstract or lifelike.
Share photos of your museum and you can enter to win prizes!
Congratulate your amazing artist or musical maestro on a week well done!
Take an educational excursion to your museum with our tips for keeping it fun. Remember to cut your visit short if necessary, and come back often. You and your child will build up a store of visual memories that you can share, using them as reference points in some of your talks together.Certificate >
Enter photos of your museum trip for a chance to win our weekly prize!
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If you think that learning should always be in season, you’re right! Studies have shown that when students return to school after a long summer vacation, they've lost about one month’s worth of learning.†
LeapFrog Summer Camp is designed to keep the learning going all summer long through exciting weekly themes and free, do-anywhere learning activities that explore geography, writing, science, art and more. Sign up to receive a Summer Camp email every other week.
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