It’s time for summer and you have no idea what to give your students or what to encourage him or her to do over the summer break that isn’t just about reading more. Here are 12 ideas that just might mask learning as fun.
1. DIY Travel Coloring Cases. Personally, I would maybe even try index card or soap boxes which you might have leftover from school supplies.
2. Road Trip Scavenger Hunt. I like this one for the littles in the family as the images are super clear to pick up and can easily be spotted when in the car. Even if you are just going across town to the grocery store.
3. Magnetic Activities Bundle. Now, as a teacher – you could grab cheap cookie sheets and magnetic items from the Dollar Store and create (or find freebies) to print off for the activities. This would be a wonderful addition to summer learning.
4. Teen Road Trip Survival Box. Even the older students would love something to keep them busy if they are going on a family vacation – or just to a local family picnic. You could pick and choose a few printables that are brain teasers to mix it up a bit!
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6. DIY Road Trip I Spy. The cutest part about this option? The “markers” are food so little ones won’t be in danger with small pieces.
7. Road Trip Hypothesis Worksheet. Science and summer together equals awesome!
8. Kids Travel Kit Binder. I love that everything fits inside the binder to make it easy to grab and go! And you might even have the students repurpose their own binders from the school year for this project!
9. Bottle Cap Checkers. I think this is super fun for students to play in the summer! Grab a bag of bottle caps at the craft store and have students make their own as an end of the school year craftivity! Print off a free checkerboard pattern on cardstock, laminate, and you have a perfect send off to summer gift from you!
10. Games for Tweens and Teens. Even older students love fun!
11. Activity Bag Ideas. While this idea shows the bags to be used as road trip activities, another idea would be to “meet” students weekly at the library to “trade” in their bag for another. If they don’t show up for 2 weeks, that’s ok. They will just trade their bag when they come in. If they never show up, they keep the bag they were given on the last day of school. Would even be a great way to connect with new students and their parents if you are lucky enough to already have a class roster before the next school year begins.
12. Summer Reading Rockets – BINGO Style! You just can’t end a summer learning post without mentioning reading. This one is super fun though and I bet students would be more than eager to get some reading in over the break.
What other ideas would you add to the list that is useful and keeps students thinking throughout the summer? We would love to hear your ideas in the comments below too!