Summer is an exciting time of year for both students and teachers! It means a little break from reality and tons of enjoyment in the warm weather. Kids are getting excited about family vacations, time at the pool, and a break from homework. Teachers are wrapping up the school year and getting ready for a well-deserved break, too. Before the break, though, you’ll need some fun summer activities for the kids that will keep them entertained and keep them learning, just a bit longer! Here are X fun summer activities for kids that everyone will enjoy.
Make a Fun Classroom Treat
One of our favorite summer activities for kids is making a treat to enjoy together. Whether it’s making homemade ice cream, popsicles, or a sweet trail mix, kids enjoy creating a tasty treat. Ask parents to donate a few ingredients and dedicate a day or afternoon to whipping things up in the classroom. Some fun ideas include:
- ice cream
- trail mix (m&ms, pretzels, chocolate chips, teddy grahams, raisins, etc)
Create a Summer Bulletin Board
As you and your students head into summer, incorporate a fun summer bulletin board to wrap up the year. Students will make their own adorable surfboards and attach their smiling faces. The bulletin board is a great way to foster classroom community one last time before the year lets out. Surf into Summer with this simple and fun summer activity for kids!
Read a Ton of Summer Themed Books
Summer reading is a must! Show students how much fun reading is by sharing a summertime book out loud each day. Here is a list of some of our favorite summer books to read together.
- And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner
- The Wonders of Summer by Kealy Connor Lonning
- It Began With Lemonade by Gideon Sterer
- Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson
- How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague
- Summer Color! by Diana Murray
- Llama Llama Loves Camping by Anna Dewdney
- The Sandcastle That Lola Built by Megan Maynor
- A Beach tail by Karen P. Williams
- Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe
Plant a Class Garden
Before the kids move on to the next grade level, let them work together to plant a class garden. If your school has the space, carve out some time to add seeds to a planter box or raised bed on the playground. Instead of seeds, kids can also plant small plants donated by parents. They will love caring for the plants together during those last few weeks together.
Add Fun Kid Summer Activities to PowerPoint Slides
Those last few weeks before the school year gets out can be packed with activities, learning, testing, and a list of to-dos. Show students the fun summer activities for the classroom by displaying them on slides with timers. This will keep kids on track as they work and contribute to your overall classroom environment!
Do Some Fun Camping Themed Activities
Allow your students to bring in a blanket or sleeping bag and pretend like they are camping under the stars in the classroom one day (or week). Let them read by flashlight during certain times of the day and show them videos about camping on the board. Ask kids to share about a time they went camping and write about camping if they are able. If kids are young enough, go on a bear hunt for some added gross motor movement.
Paint with Sunscreen
To teach kids about the importance of sunscreen for their skin, use a science experiment on a bright, sunny day. Grab some black construction paper and some sunscreen, and let the kids paint pictures on their paper. Once they each have a picture or image on their page, place the papers in the sun. Be sure to hold them down with rocks or something heavy, so they don’t blow away. Kids will see that after a few hours in the sun, the sunscreen protects the paper, and parts that don’t have sunscreen will fade.
Share an Art and Writing Activity
The end of the year is packed with fun activities for summer! Keep kids excited to come to the classroom with fun summer activities for the end of the year, like this art and writing activity.
Try a Summer Freebie with Your Kids
Everyone has a bucket list, even kids! Invite them to make a fun craft to get ready for summer and create their own bucket list with it. Help them brainstorm fun ideas to add that will keep them busy all summer long. Click the image below for the FREEBIE or sign up for the Freebie Vault below!
More Posts You May Like
For more end-of-the-year ideas and summer activities for kids, take a look at these posts:
- 10 Fun End-of-the-Year Activities for the Classroom
- Are Your Students Ready to Surf Into Summer with This End of the Year Bulletin Board Idea?
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