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Summer may be winding down, but the days don’t seem to be getting cooler yet. Our family is enjoying these last summer moments outdoors as much as we can.
Like many kids, my daughter loves electronic gadgets and tech devices. As much as we try to limit screen time during the summer, our devices can be valuable learning tools and a way for kids to learn new skills.
Today, I’m sharing my favorite ways our family uses tech during the summer without sitting in front of a screen.
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Use a Metal Detector to Hunt for Treasure
A few years ago, I bought a metal detector. I heard a story on the news about a couple who found millions of dollars in gold coins on their property in a rusty old can, so I immediately went out and bought an inexpensive metal detector.
Kids love metal detectors, and my daughter and I have been having fun searching around parks and beaches for buried treasure. We haven’t found anything besides some spare change and a few nails, but it’s a great way to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and get some exercise in. .
Practice Photography Skills
Nowadays, I take almost all my photos on my phone, but I have several old digital cameras that are sitting in the cupboard collecting dust.
Why not break them out and let your kids have fun learning about photography? You can let them roam around the neighborhood and practice taking photos or bring them on vacation and let them make their own photo journal.
They can learn to upload the photos onto the computer or have them developed and send them to relatives.
Power Up Flashlights
What’s summer without a camp out or two? Even if it’s just in your backyard. Kids need flashlights with plenty of power for camping trips and telling scary stories after dark.
Communicate with Walkie Talkies
Two-way radios are so much fun for kids to play with. They can also be used by parents to help keep tabs on where the kids in the neighborhood run off to. I have so many great memories of setting up forts in the yard and house and talking to my friends over the two-way radios and pretending we were spies or law enforcement.
Play with Remote Control Cars
Remote control cars are always a fun gift idea for kids. They are fun to take to the park and build ramps and hills to drive them over or just use around the backyard.
What is your favorite way to use tech with kids in summer? Let me know in the comments and make sure you pick up a package of Duracell Optimum batteries on your next trip to Safeway.