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Themed Summer Break (for all ages!)

Updated: Jun 20


Summer Break is approaching fast! This year has already been so strange, resulting in more family time, more creative use of space and supplies, and less outings. It's difficult to predict what will be open during summer and even what the next school year will look like.


One thing I do know is I want to make sure this summer is memorable and fun for my boys, and also keep them learning and practicing skills in preparation for the next school year. The easiest way for me to stay organized and come up with exciting activities is to break the next several weeks into themes! Within these themes, I will rotate through several educational activities, trying my best to give the boys a good deal of STEM, reading, art, and history lessons in the form of games, crafts, cooking, and more! In addition, my boys are learning German and Sign Language, so we will mix in new words along the way too.


Feel free to use these ideas in your own summer break planning! Below are the themes I've come up with and suggested activities. Many of these are not my own, but ideas I've found searching around on Pinterest and Google. We will certainly not do every single activity, but it gives us a good variety to look through when it comes time to plan the following week. Make it your own! Switch weeks around, and add your own themes or activities, and alter these ideas as you must based on your kids' age ranges and interests. You may also need to adjust these activities based on what happens to be open and how your family feels about social distancing and outdoor excursions.



Kay Summer Kamp




Wild Week - June 1-6


Academic activities

  • Do a report on an exotic animal

  • Learn zoo animals in sign language

  • Build a zoo w/ blocks

  • Sort animal toys by patterns

  • Zoo books (we love "Lets Go to the Zoo")

Arts & Crafts:

  • Exotic animal masks/costumes (Try this lion mask)

  • Face Painting

  • More Zoo paper crafts here!

Snacks & Treats:

  • Animal crackers

  • Tiger oranges (draw a tiger face on oranges or tangerines)

  • Bananas

  • Pick a zoo animal (an herbivore), research what they are fed, and eat the same!

Field Trips:

Games:

  • "Feed the Animals" bean bag toss (use play food if you have it!)

  • Make a pretend zoo w/ stuffed animals or toys

Farm Week - June 8-13

Academic Activities:

  • Gardening

  • Learning about tractors

  • Learning about milking cows

  • Farm books

  • Farm words in sign language

Arts & Crafts:

Snacks & Treats:

Field Trips:

  • Petting Zoo

  • Wheeler Farm

  • Peterson's Farm (look at events!)

  • Virtual farm visit

Game:

Space Week - June 15-20

Academic Activities:

Arts & Crafts:

Snacks & Treats:

Field Trips:

  • Planetarium visit

  • Virtual Planetarium visit

  • Star gazing at night (check out the Sky Guide app!)

Games:



Bird Week - June 22-27

Academic Activities:

Arts & Crafts:

Snacks & Treats:

Field Trips:

  • Bird watching

  • Look up HawkWatch programs

  • Tracy Aviary

  • Virtual aviary visit

Games:


Culture Week - June 29-July 4

Academic Activities:

  • Learn about your own traditions and culture

  • Learn about the traditions of your ancestors

  • Learn about Independence Day

  • Books from different cultures

  • Talk to kids about diversity and Anti-Racism

Arts & Crafts:

Snacks & Treats:

  • Cook food from another country

Field Trips:

  • Find ethnic bakeries or grocery stores

  • This is the Place Heritage Park

Game:

  • Learn a dance from another culture

  • Learn a game from another culture

  • Watch movies from other cultures


Water Week - July 13-18

Academic Activities:

Arts & Crafts:

  • Watercolor painting

  • DIY bath crayons

Snacks & Treats:

  • Watermelon snack

  • Healthy flavored water drinks

Field Trips:

  • Swimming

  • Splash pad

Game:



Dino Week - July 20-25

Academic Activities:

  • Books on dinosaurs

  • Dino report

  • Sort dinosaur toys by what they eat

  • Memorize dino names

Arts & Crafts:

Snacks & Treats:

Field Trips:

  • Dinosaur Museum

  • Museum of Natural History

  • Virtual Museum Visit

Game:


Nature Week - July 27-Aug 1

Academic Activities:

Arts & Crafts:

Snacks & Treats:

Field Trips:

  • Camping trip

  • Hiking/trail exploring

  • Backyard/home camping

Game:

Ocean Week - Aug 3-8

Academic Activities:

Arts & Crafts:

Snacks & Treats:

Field Trips:

  • Aquarium

  • Virtual aquarium

  • Local pond

Games:


Engineering Week - Aug 10-15

Academic Activities:

Arts & Crafts:

Snacks & Treats:

Field Trips:

  • Museum of curiosity

  • Planetarium

Game:

  • Building contests

  • Stacking games


You may have noticed that I have listed 10 weeks of themed ideas, skipping a week halfway. I deliberately skipped a week because we will inevitably be traveling at some point, or otherwise need a break from structured activities. We may not get to every theme I've posted, but I can always return to this list if I need an idea or two for other school breaks.


I hope this list gives you some great ideas! Let me know if you have themes of your own or come up with different activities within these themes!

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