With the sunshine and warm weather in our favor we wanted to share some fun, engaging, and educational activities that we think both you and your children will love. The activities incorporate a variety of subject-area skills while also linking literacy throughout each; your kids will stay entertained while keeping their brains busy all summer long.
Creating bubbles is a task that requires simple materials and little mess. Using the book, “How to Make Bubbles” by Erika L. Shores or any bubble recipe online, children can practice reading and following instructions to make a product. This allows for a fun, new outdoor activity that your child can take pride in because they created it themselves. To take this a step further and incorporate writing, encourage your child to write their own “how-to” book where they can teach their skills of how to do or make something. You can even introduce store-bought bubbles to encourage your kids to compare and contrast the homemade bubbles to the store-bought ones.
Gardening is a hobby that allows for so many learning opportunities and can be very fascinating to watch grow! This is a summer-long project but can be as big or as small as you want it to be—you could plant a single herb or flower in a small pot or you could dedicate a whole area of your yard to various vegetables and fruits; both are awesome experiences for your child!
Gardening incorporates science, math, and literacy. The science includes how living things grow and the life cycle of each plant and plant parts, math is involved for determining the number of seeds to plant and for using tools such as a calendar to monitor the plants’ growth, and literacy is used for reading about the care each plant needs and for collecting and recording data on the plants. This activity can be whatever you want to make it but can be such a valuable learning experience for your kiddos.
On a rainy day, or any day really, Mad Libs can be an enjoyable and silly way for children to learn more about parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, and adjectives while also practicing both reading and writing. Here at Imprints Press we just created our own Mad Lib that is all about traveling—many more can also be found online or in bookstores. Once your child is familiar with Mad Libs it can also be a ton of fun to create your own!
Chalk is an activity that can keep kids busy for hours! Here are just a few of the many ways to learn and explore with chalk:
Create a game of hopscotch
Practice sight words, numbers, shapes, the alphabet, etc.
Draw obstacle courses where your child engages in things such as hopping, skipping, balancing, and more—your child can participate in the creation of the course as well
Make cards that each give an idea for an image to draw—your child can choose a card and then draw the image
Draw a map of your neighborhood or town—this could be a good opportunity to introduce map vocabulary (legend, compass, scale, etc.)
There are so many options of things to do and to create using chalk: it supports your child’s growth of both fine and gross motor skills while also engaging them in literacy, math, and many more important subject and topics depending on the activity—the possibilities are endless!
A scavenger hunt is another fairly open-ended activity: the hunt could be finding letters of the alphabet inside on a rainy day or searching the yard/neighborhood for objects in nature. All you need to do is either create a list of items for your child to find or hide objects for your child to find. Get creative and your child will have a blast with this game while also practicing literacy skills and others depending on the focus of the hunt. With multiple children they can even take turns creating their own scavenger hunts for each other to find
Encourage your child to start a summer journal where they can document any events or activities that they took part in throughout the summer. This is a great way to promote writing while keeping it meaningful to your child. Pictures, stickers, drawings, and other creative aspects can be added to help make this a fun activity that your child wants to participate in.
There are so many ways to keep kids entertained throughout the summer while also keeping their minds sharp—just think outside the box and any “crowd favorite” activity can be turned into a literacy, math, or science rich experience. What activities are you going to bring into your household this summer?