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Kids & Family

(BPT) - Do you hear that? It's the cheering of students as they run through the hallways on the last day of school. They're excited for three months of playing outside with no teachers and no assignments. What will they get into this summer that will keep them entertained, active, using their brains and socializing with peers?

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LEGO Bricks are the ultimate informal learning tool

"It can be tempting for kids to fall into the old habit of lounging on the couch in front of the TV all day when out of school. Students often don't get an adequate mix of challenge and fun during the summer months," says Ellen Marks, Curriculum Director of Bricks 4 Kidz(R), an award-winning summer camp and after-school program. "Summer is an ideal time for them to take on new challenges, engage in critical thinking and have fun with peers in an energetic atmosphere."

Luckily, you have somewhere to turn to shift your children's summer break into a fun learning opportunity. The last day of school comes faster than you think, so there's no time to waste. If you're looking for a way to combat couch-potato syndrome and keep your child entertained, an exciting summer camp program may be just what your family needs. A pool of talented Bricks 4 Kidz camp teachers are waiting to help your children grow while having a blast. Your child's summer camp should:

Use relatable and engaging tools

LEGO Bricks are the ultimate informal learning tool, especially in the summer when kids are wishing for more fun playtime. Not only do they prompt kids to naturally practice methods of engineering through hands-on building, they also engage their imaginations and boundless creativity. Gears, motors, robotics, and LEGO computer software programs also help children grasp technology in ways they might not during the school year, so they'll experience a whole new level of amusement. When building with LEGO Bricks, it's only natural that kids will develop enhanced spatial awareness, visual processing, and fine motor skills. Even better, the Bricks 4 Kidz proprietary models and camp activities are centered around popular themes that kids love!

Get children away from TV and video games

Don't let your kids sit at home in front of a screen all summer. "Children need a chance to experience working in a group setting as well as on their own," says Michelle Cote, founder and president of Bricks 4 Kidz. "Group work allows them the opportunity to collaborate and learn about their peers, while working alone helps build self-confidence. Creative and imaginative play is also beneficial to child development, so help your kids get up off the couch and into an environment that encourages both playtime and learning."

Kids can easily avoid brain drain this summer when they learn through playing. Put them in a program that will employ their minds while having fun and making friends along the way.

To find a program in your area, visit www.bricks4kidz.com. You can learn more about their programs and new summer camps by searching for a location by state or zip code.

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