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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
- 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 www.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.
All programs are free and open to the public. See kids events for any or all branches:
Please see event details for information on registration requirements.
Special services like sign language interpretation and assistive listening can be provided at events to patrons upon request. Please give at least up to five business days notice to library staff in order to schedule services at events. Call 239-479-4636 or stop by the reference desk at your local library.