Financial Savvy With Vacation Spending
You’ve likely spent many months saving for your vacation, stowing away extra cash whenever possible. Which means, you’re probably spending on a budget when vacation finally comes. Kids love pretending to be adults, so they’ll love this fun activity aimed at improving their financial savvy.
When going out to dinner, for example, have your kids choose the restaurant based on the budget you give them. Then ask them to choose their foods based on that budget, and calculate the price of the bill with everyone else’s food and taxes included.
At the end of the meal, have a conversation about calculating the tip, and why it’s important to give a tip in the first place. Have older kids do the math when the bill finally comes, calculating for a 15, 20 and 25 percent tip for extra practice with multiplication and percentages.
Environmental Awareness While Camping
Camping is the perfect summer vacation trip — everyone can be outside, kids enjoying the sunshine and adults relaxing at the campsite. It’s also a great opportunity for your children to learn a little more about the world around them.
If you’re camping at a state or national park, ask the campground managers about their Junior Ranger programs. Most campgrounds in these parks offer fun ranger programs that allow kids to learn about the environment, including plants, animals, and much more.
Kids can take walking tours with the rangers to learn, and are usually given a booklet filled with activities. Once the booklet and walking tours are done, kids get their very own Junior Ranger badge, which makes for the perfect souvenir—one they’re proud to have.
Even campgrounds without junior ranger programs offer learning opportunities with night walks, day hikes and environmental lessons that are fun and exciting.
It’s surprisingly easy to keep your kids sharp on vacation under the guise of fun. Use these ideas to enhance learning throughout the summer and teach your kids real-world skills that will stay with them forever.