Well, years ago and continuing today with my 10-year old (the teens are now beyond my reach), I figured out a fun way to incorporate learning into summer:
We research a different country every week (well, every two weeks, sometimes). My kids have loved this throughout the years. We have visited Japan, Brazil, and Sweden to name a few.
Here are my suggestions:
Have your kids do some Internet research on the country and give you some quick facts. Ideas:
- Play games representative of the country.
- Read stories originating in that country.
- Play music representing that country.
- Have them draw a flag of the country.
- Visit a museum, store, restaurant or place that represents that country.
- Finish by preparing a meal representative of that country.
- Visited a Brazilian restaurant and had sugar cane drinks (yuck).
- Visited the Polish Museum in Philadelphia
- Watched a Brazilian soccer game
- Went to Ikea and shopped the Swedish food market
- Listened to a Jamaican steel drum band.
Filling the dough with potatoes and cheese.
The perfect pierogie!
Here's the Recipe from About.com: TIP: I use a pasta maker to roll out the dough...much easier!