Here are a couple of things that you could do to keep your child's mind occupied during the summer months, as well as helping them have fun learning.
Buy an inexpensive digital camera for each child. While they are writing their report, have them take pictures of the animal they are researching. If their camera has a zoom, have them take close up pictures. If it's safe, and you can find some, you could let the child take pictures of the animals in their natural habitat. If it's not safe, then you could take them to a zoo or other setting where they could take pictures. Florida has alligator farms that would be perfect.
Or, you could have the child write a report and take pictures of one of your current pets. This could include the species of pet, breed, size, name, when you got the pet, what it likes to eat, any treats it prefers, favorite toys, favorite games, favorite things it likes (belly rubbing, ear rubbing, sleeping next to who, etc). And have the child include several pictures of the pet, both by itself, and intermingling with the family.
Once a week have each child pull out a piece of paper and have that be his subject for the week. Remember to have the child replace the paper in the bowl to be reused.
All or each of these would keep any child occupied and keep them interested in learning. Plus most of them would be an excellent family project too!
By Cricket from Parkton, NC
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