Summer can be full of all kinds of fun things – family games, picnics outdoors – and not-so-great things – the kids vegging in front of screens, unlearning everything they know from school.
Then it can be full of all kinds of surprising things that keep kids excited, engaged and learning – spaghetti bridges, chain reactions, flying machines and desert island inventions.
On The Holiday Makers site, created by The Year of Engineering, families can find summer activities and challenges with prizes to get children making, doing and thinking. BritMums has been working with YoE, to promote the Holiday Makers site. In this sponsored post, we enlisted mums and their children to try out some of the fantastic challenges and activities from Holiday Makers.
The Year of Engineering is a government initiative created to inspire more young people to consider engineering careers by discovering the amazing engineering all around them, and highlighting the skills and interests that make children natural engineers.
A desert island challenge that makes kids think
Samantha from Northeast Family Fun describes how her kids spent hours doing one of the Holiday Makers challenges. The task: Imagine you’re shipwrecked and come up with a desert island invention. Her children’s survival necklace is a well-considered sight to behold! Watch her video below and then click through to read the full post.
Kate Davis Holmes wrote about her children’s experience for the BritMums blog. She describes how the challenge sparked their critical thinking.
“Imaginations were stimulated as we came up with other potential problems you might face on a desert island,” she writes. “How would we ensure we were safe and able to deal with medical issues such poisoning or an accident? What could we develop to ensure we could communicate if each of us were in different parts of the island? What if we wanted to escape?” Their solutions drew upon Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. (Read the full post to find out what they decided to make.)
A fun flying machine
Chelsea Mamma’s daughter made a ring glider with instructions from the site and simple materials around the house. She loved the activity so much, “she has taken in the instructions on how to make the ring glider to holiday club, so they can all make them together. “ See how they made the ring glider in her full post.
Fun that keeps on going
Rainy Day Mum describes how families can use the site, from building and playing and more:
“There’s even a holiday journal to record all your Holiday Makers progress over the summer. Children can collect stamps in their digital journal by completing different activities or download a printable version to track their progress.
Chelsea Mamma says, “Eliza is diligently filling out her journal to take to school in September.”
Family events happening around the UK
On the Holiday Makers site, you can check out cool events happening near you from things like The Future Leading Ladies for Life in Newcastle that encourages girls to choose STEM careers to an aircraft tour in Glasgow, to the Cardboard Boat Race in Plymouth! You get behind the scenes access to a wide variety of places to show what a career in engineering looks like.
Sam from Northeast Family Fun writes: “I like the sound of Future Engineers at The National Railway Museum in York over October Half Term – we’re actually visiting York in October so I’m going to try and pop in. Definitely a date for the diary! If you’re looking for an engineering event this summer, how about The Art of Chris Pulham at Locomotion in Shildon? This exhibition is free to visit from 19 August – 30 September and celebrates the glorious days of steam on Britain’s railways!”
Jenny from Monkey and Mouse has her eye on an event in Scotland:
“I really love the look of the RAF100 Tour at Glasgow Science Centre, open from 31st August to 2nd September 2018. They will have an interactive STEM and Techno zone as well as several aircraft on display. It sounds like a great way to get into engineering, plus there are loads of other fantastic STEM exhibits at the science centre.”
(Read Jenny’s full post here.)
Videos to watch together
”We have been using the video section this week, which is full of resources to inspire and inform children, tweens and teens and features everything from the life of a software engineer at Twitter to how engineering is used in the film industry,” says Samantha. “Our favourite is ‘The method behind the magic’ which shares some of the fantastic engineering used behind the scenes at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour.”
“I particularly love the Engine Ears video, it’s great for getting younger kids to understand how much engineering is involved in our everyday lives,” says Jenny.
Visit The Holiday Makers to take advantage of the great activities and the challenges, in which kids can win prizes. PLUS you can discover fun family activities through the rest of summer and early autumn that get kids thinking, engaged and excited about making and doing!
Keep your children stimulated and engaged this summer with The Holiday Makers. The website has enough activities & challenges to keep them having fun and learning all summer long! More details here: yearofengineering.gov.uk
BritMums is promoting #TheHolidayMakers campaign, sponsored by The Year of Engineering. It’s all about getting children excited about engineering with fun and stimulating activities that will keep them engaged all summer long. Check out https://www.yearofengineering.gov.uk/theholidaymakers to find activities for your child, including challenges in which they could win cool prizes!
(Disclosure: Influencers posts are part of this sponsored campaign. All opinions are their own.)