Summer Activities for Elementary School Kids
Contributor: Jennifer Ruddick, Laurel Springs Teacher
Planning your summer months with young children can include a wide variety of summer activities. During the elementary school years, children are eager to explore and soak up new experiences and information. Summer can be a time to take advantage of more free time, warmer weather, and family time. Here are some ideas to help you brainstorm for fun summer plans:
- Help your children experience new things. It may be an ideal time to schedule lessons or camps during the summer for music, sports, art, theatre, and other passions.
- Don’t stop reading. Make regular visits to the library to find fun books to borrow for relaxed summer reading. Most libraries have summer reading programs that help make reading feel like fun. Read more here about how to create a summer reading list with your child.
- Create your own holiday. Let your children plan the decorations and festivities. Some fun summer activities could include a birthday party for your pet or a day with a special theme that your kids choose themselves.
- Use your outside space in unexpected ways. Your backyard could become the setting for a kid’s version of the summer Olympic Games, a scavenger hunt, an obstacle course, or a nighttime neighborhood movie party.
- Embrace your local community. Rainy days are ideal for visiting local museums and historical societies, and sunny days are perfect for picking your own produce at local farms. Many towns begin the summer with bicycle safety clinics, which can help your kids feel more comfortable exploring their immediate neighborhood on wheels.
- Enrich family trips. Whether you are traveling near or far, family vacations can be a time to research personal genealogy, “interview” older relatives about their childhood years,
- Keep a record. Start with a blank scrapbook or notebook at the beginning of the summer, and enlist the entire family to tape or paste in tickets, photographs, and other mementos of their summer experiences, along with quick reflections about their favorite parts of each experience. At the end of the summer, your family will have a wonderful record of summer adventures.
Once summer draws to a close, encourage your young children to carry over their summer activities into the school year. Whether they become involved in the Pen Pal Program or other clubs, Laurel Springs provides many ways for elementary-aged children to connect their personal interests to enhanced learning opportunities.