While your children are at home and are gearing up to start a new school year, you might have exhausted your options as far as summer activities go. It can be easy to fall into a rut and run out of creative ways to keep young minds engaged.
It can be challenging to keep young children entertained, and especially with just the materials you have around your home. However, there are a number of ways that you can keep young minds active this summer, and here are a few of our favorite activities:
Easily Print Worksheets
With the school year right around the corner, you can get your children prepped and ready for learning by printing their summer activity and practice worksheets.
Fun printable worksheets can get their gears turning and if you are in need of a few reputable sources to find printables, here’s a few suggestions:
- Beneficial Education Lessons and Worksheets
- Enjoyable Scholastic Printables for All Ages
- Fun Sesame Street Printable Activities
- Helpful JumpStart Grade-Based Resources
Summer Science Madness
Science can be fun even during the summer! You can help kids learn and grow by engaging in fun, science activities that will keep their minds busy.
Challenge them with a science experiment. It can be as simple as giving them a magnet and asking them to find out what sticks, or making a rainbow in a glass. The possibilities are endless when you turn your home into a mini science lab with these easy steps:
- Step 1: Print the science experiment instructions and gather needed materials
- Step 2: Develop a hypothesis
- Step 3: Start the experiment and see the amazing results!
Personalize a T-shirt with Decals
A fun way to capture your child’s favorite animated character, hobby, or animal is by printing a decal that you can transfer to one of their t-shirts. It’s a simple activity that you can do together and you only need a design, fabric transfer paper, an iron, and a printer.
You can find a number of decals online and with a few simple steps, your child will be all smiles as they sport their new favorite t-shirt.
Additionally, you can engage your children by ‘getting crafty’ with fun and creative activities. If your children enjoy coloring or painting, you can find a number of free stencils online that can provide a guided way for their creativity to shine.
One of Mopria Alliance’s founders, HP, provides a number of free crafts that can help your family print, play, and learn. For example, a craft for how to create weather in a jar, a dinosaur division riddle, a pop-up planetarium, and more.