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For children who just completed Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade.
Be sure to visit your library to pick up a sheet of activity ideas for school-age kids AND pick up a free book for your child (one per child, while supplies last).
You'll also find additional ideas for activities and challenges listed below and updated each week!
Activities to try this week
- Make a DIY bowling game using items from around your home.
- Fold and fly paper airplanes.
- Act it out! Act out a favorite scene from a book, movie, or TV show. Gather your family or friends to be your audience.
- Start off the back to school season on a positive note! Can you think of an act of kindness you can do this week?
- Create a time capsule and fill it with favorite memories from this summer.
- What makes a good friend? Write down your ideas or draw a picture.
- Gather your family or friends and host a mini Olympics.
- Simple games like jump rope, hopscotch, and making cootie catchers (paper fortunetellers) have been around for generations. Invite your parent or grandparent to play one of these games with you. Ask them what games they liked to play as kids?
- Learn a magic trick! Ask your librarian for a book of magic tricks.
- Getting tired of watching the same cartoons and movies all summer? Check out a nonfiction children’s DVD to discover something new.
- Check out a how-to-draw book from the library. Draw a picture to share with a friend.
- Grab a book and read outside. Find a comfortable spot in your backyard or at a park and enjoy the fresh air.
- Design a house! If you could build any type of home, what would you construct? What building materials would you use? What would it look like? Any cool features? Draw a picture or write a story about your one-of-a-kind home.
- Check out an origami book from the library. What can you fold and make?
- Give your eyeballs a rest today and try an audiobook! Ask your librarian where to find the collection of Books on CDs. You can also download audiobooks onto your computer or devices. Visit
Hoopla for a few downloadable choices.
- Plan an imaginary trip to another state or country. Visit the library to check out a book about your destination from the children’s nonfiction collection. Which places will you visit on your trip?
- What are you thankful for? Tonight at dinner, tell your family about what makes you feel grateful.
- Grab some paper and a pencil. Listen to music while you close your eyes and let your hand draw across the paper. Did you create any interesting shapes? Color in your creation.
- Can you think of an act of kindness you can do this week?
- Play a favorite board game, or make up your own new game.
- Draw a picture while listening to music. How does the music inspire you?
- Check out a cookbook and make a recipe with an adult. Share the delicious results with your family and friends.
- Have you read a comic book yet this summer? Ask your librarian to show you the kids’ graphic novel collection.
- Build a house using play dough and dried pasta.
- Go swimming!
- Play a word game. Grab a friend and a dictionary. Pick a few random words from the dictionary, the bigger the better. Write them down on paper. How many other words can you make using only the letters from your chosen words? Who can make the most new words?
- Ask a friend or favorite adult for a book recommendation. What do they suggest you try?
- Attend a children’s event during July.
- Tidy up! Help your parents by tidying up the space around you. Prefer to be outdoors? Ask your parent if you can help pull weeds in the yard or pick up leaves.
- Read about another county or part of the world. Ask your librarian to suggest a book about another country.
- Go visiting! Drop by a friend’s home just to say “hello!”
- Create a plastic bag greenhouse. Fold a paper towel and wet it with water. Place it in a zip top plastic bag. Place a seed between the bag and the towel. Seal the bag closed. Leave the greenhouse bag in a sunny spot, like taped to a window. Observe the greenhouse for about a week. What do you see happening?
- Make a collage! Cut out pictures from old magazines to create a collage of your dreams and goals.
- Do you have a favorite animal? Your librarian can recommend a book all about it!
- Celebrate Independence Day by reading about American history.
- Play the license plate game! When riding in the car, look for license plates from other states. Keep a list. Visit the library to borrow an atlas to see if you can find all the states on a map.
- The floor is lava! Can you get from one side of the room to the other without touching the floor?
- Want to read a fascinating story about real life people? Browse the Biographies section at your library for some real life adventures.
- Write a letter to a family member or friend who lives far away. Tell them about what you’re doing this summer.
- Re-read a favorite story. What do you like best about the book? Did you notice anything different when you read it again?
- Is your favorite movie also a book? Read the story and compare to the movie version. Which one do you like more?
- Can you think of an act of kindness you can do this week?
- Play cards! Instead of your PlayStation or iPad, grab a deck of playing cards for some retro fun. Ask your parent or grandparent what card games they played as kids.
- Try to memorize all 50 states. Your librarian can recommend an atlas to help you.
- Play freeze tag with friends.
- You’re never too old for bubbles! How many bubbles can you catch on your wand?
- How many plastic cups can you stack? Can you make a tower or a pyramid?
- Create a care package for someone in need.
- Write a poem. Your librarian can recommend popular children’s poetry books. Try writing your own poems and share them with your family.
- Pick a favorite story and read out loud to someone special.
- Construct your family tree.
- Discover new (old) music. Ask your parents or grandparents what music they enjoyed as kids. Do they still have the albums? If not, your library has lots of music available to check out, including music CDs and downloadable songs.
- Have a slumber party! Invite some friends, cousins, or neighbor kids for a sleepover. Pick a favorite movie to watch, read scary stories out loud, and enjoy a favorite snack.
- Gather your family for a trivia game night! Visit
freerice.com for trivia questions. Every correct answer donates rice to help end hunger around the world.
- Gather up boxes of various sizes to build a playhouse or fort.
- Read a fairy tale or folktale. Your librarian can show you where these books are located.
- Ask your parent or a favorite adult about books they enjoyed as kids. Read it together to share the fun.
- Go on a picnic! Pack some sandwiches and beach towel and head out to a favorite park for an afternoon picnic. Or even closer to home, picnic in your own backyard.
- Get your game on! Learn the rules to a game you’ve never played before.
- Create a mystery scavenger hunt in your home. Write down clues to lead your friends or family throughout the house.
- Read a book by an author whose last name starts with the same letter as your last name.
- Complete a puzzle.
- Play the word association game. Grab a family member or friend. Take turns saying a random word out loud. The other person says the first word that comes to mind. Try this game on a long car trip!
- Create a music soundtrack to your life. Which songs do you love the most? Which songs make you feel the most happy? What’s your favorite song to dance to?
- Do an act of kindness: Say “thank you” to community helpers like police officers and mail carriers.
- Design your own game. What are the rules to your game? How do you play?
- Create a chain reaction using dominoes. Carefully set them up on their end in a line, then tip over the domino at the end to begin your chain reaction. Can you create a swirl pattern? If you don’t have dominoes, try household items like books, LEGOs, or DVD cases.
- Create a reading nook in your home – a special, comfy place for you to enjoy a favorite book.
- Plant a seed or plant clipping and care for it over the summer. Ask your librarian for books about how plants grow.
- Community helpers are awesome! Play teacher, doctor, veterinarian, librarian, or any other role.
- Interested in reading an award-winning book this summer? The Caldecott Medal is awarded every year to the best picture book and the Newbery Medal goes to the best overall children’s book. You can find award-winning books at your library.
- Keep your brain sharp this summer! Try fun brain games like hidden pictures, crosswords, Sudoku, or mazes.
- Do an act of kindness: Return someone's cart at the grocery store.
- Trace a life-size body portrait on a large piece of cardboard or paper. Decorate the portrait with crayons and markers. Add yarn for hair and fabric for clothes.
- Have a beach day with your family. How many different types of seashells can you find? Can you spot any dolphins or other sea creatures in the water? Challenge your family to a game of I Spy on the beach.
- What's the most exciting book you can find in the library's nonfiction collection? What's the most boring?
- Use sidewalk chalk to create an outdoor masterpiece. Be sure to ask your parent for permission first!
- Decorate a recycled jar to collect your dreams and wishes for the future.
- Who is your favorite author? Learn more about their life! What inspired them to write books? Where do they live? What was their childhood like?
- Bring a friend to the library to share the fun.
- Attend a children’s event at your library this summer.
- Check out a book about learning a new language. Teach yourself a word in a new language.
- Browse your library for a book you can finish in a single day.
- Explore old family photos with your parents or grandparents.
- Take a walk around your neighborhood or in a park. How many different birds and animals can you spot?
- Write a thank you note for someone.
- Ask your parent or grandparent to tell you a story about when they were kids. What did they like to do? Where did they live?
- Do an act of kindness: Give someone a compliment. It takes only a sentence to make someone’s day!
- Check out a joke or riddle book. Make someone laugh today!
- Ask your parent or grandparent where your family is from. Check out a book about this part of the world.
- Give a smile and a hug to someone special today!
- What do you want to do when you grow up? What job would you love to have? Places you want to travel? Write or draw your dreams for your future self and share them with a favorite grownup.
- Go on a bike ride. Get some fresh air outside with a family bike ride after dinner.
- Go cloud watching. Grab a beach towel and head outside to view the sky. Can you find a cloud shaped like an animal? Watch closely as they move and change shape.
- Try some poetry! Browse the poetry books at your library. Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky are popular choices. Find some poems you enjoy and do a poetry reading for your family at dinnertime.
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