Holiday Brain Building

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This Fourth of July in the United States, surely your clan will be outdoors, some playing yard games, others are running, walking the dog, or frolicking in the lake. And of course, food will have a big focus as the grills heat up.  Oh, the wonderful smell of the summer grill! Yum.

But, as you plan your activities and meals be sure to add some mental exercises in to the mix. We keep some great activity books at our cottage for creative ideas. I love the ones that include a nature walk to gather craft supplies. Boy Scout and Girl Scout Guides are great idea generators.

Another thing we do is bird, small game, bug, and tree watch. These are things we have studied together over the years and it is so fun to spot unusual birds or bugs and help each other figure out what we are looking at.

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And when the storm clouds start to form, we pull out our cloud formation books and Usborne’s The Power of Nature to learn more about weather and see if we can predict what will happen next.

We also have a cool star gazers map for night time brain building, memorizing the summer constellations.

Whatever you choose, make it filled with a positive attitude which will encourage long term memories. Enjoy your freedom and thank someone who made it possible.

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