These worksheets are a great way to engage children in summer-themed fun WHILE LEARNING! These free printable PDFs include a summer bucket list, a road trip scavenger hunt, an ‘I Spy’ activity, a word search, a summer-themed coloring sheet, a weekly grocery list, a summer outing scavenger hunt (great for the beach!), and a summer reading log. Our worksheets are designed to provide children with authentic summer experiences as they make real-life connections with the world around them.
☀️ Summer Fun Worksheets
- I Spy Summer Worksheet: Children look for summer pictures inside the sun.
- Summer Outing Scavenger Hunt
- Summer Fun Coloring Page
- Road Trip Scavenger Hunt
- Summer Reading Log
- Weekly Grocery List
- Summer Bucket List
- Summer Word Search
We’ve been through enough summer breaks to know it doesn’t always go according to plan. We usually start out with the pedal to the metal when it comes to planning, planning to ensure that my kids don’t enter into that dreaded summer slide.
I’m an educator; I plan targeted, intentional, and differentiated lessons all year long for each one of my students. So I should be able to easily manage this task with my own two kids, right? Well, I’ve been through this for enough summers now to realize that by the time mid-July arrives, my best-laid plans may have been too much, and just plain unrealistic.
So what can well-intentioned parents do to ensure that their children are learning, growing, and having fun each summer? It’s actually quite simple, and shouldn’t take days or weeks of planning to implement.
My newfound philosophy: Summer should be a time focused on creating experiences, connecting with nature, and making memories with friends and family.
Of course, we still want our kids to remember the specifics of all that they learned throughout the school year, but let’s do it in a real-life kind of way. Let’s do math by sorting out the change in the bottom of your purse. Practice writing skills by having the kids write out or draw pictures of this week’s grocery list! Move science class outside and compete in a family scavenger hunt by studying the nature all around you.
As a family, attempt to check off the “Summer Bucket List.” Keep a journal where kids write (or dictate to you) about each experience they check off, building vocabulary and schema along the way.
You can even add photos to the journal as a summer keepsake! You can even make road trips fun as kids complete an “I Spy: Drive-and-Search” version that helps strengthen their working memory as they try to remember all of the things they are looking for along the way! Of course, you still need some worksheets to make these things a reality…which is why I created these FREE PDF worksheets!
📚 Family Reading Time
You’ve heard this time and time again, but kids need to spend time actually reading. All research done on the subject overwhelmingly concludes that reading to and with your child is one of the most impactful things a parent can do a child’s early life. Reading will have significant and long-lasting effects!
And this is one of the most important things to maintaining their growth and avoiding the summer slide. If your child is young and a non-reader, spend time reading to them. If your child is a reader, then have them read independently. Kids ages 5-7 should be reading out loud, while kids 8 and older should switch between reading aloud and reading silently.
This summer, try to set aside a family reading time. We started this tradition when we had two foster kids in my home (ages 2 and 3), and by 7:00pm, I was overwhelmed and utterly exhausted. I set my I-phone alarm to go off every night at 7:00pm and we started “Family Reading Time.”
We’d all get our books, and quietly (or silently) read. After just a couple of days, even my two year old foster daughter knew what that alarm ring meant. She’d grab her blankie and pull out the book bin. When the alarm would go off at 7:20, we’d spend the next ten minutes talking about what we read. We would talk about a funny part we read, or a quote we found interesting. The little ones would show a picture they liked and talk about what they liked about it. The key is to make a family tradition of reading and sharing all kinds of books together!
📝 Tips for Successful Summertime Learning
- Schedule – Pick a good time each day for your child to work on his or her activities. Maybe early morning right after breakfast before heading out to the pool. Or maybe late afternoon works best to keep the kids busy while you’re cooking dinner! It doesn’t have to be the same each day. Figure out what works best for your family.
- Supplies- Make sure your child has all the materials they’ll need. Basic supplies are all they’ll need…crayons, pencils, erasers. Create a specific place for your child to complete his or her work.
- Encourage – Encourage your child to complete their work, but don’t force them to do it. Summer is a time for relaxed learning, and we want to make sure that children maintain a positive attitude towards learning. It’s okay if you need to skip a day or two. If your child is really hesitant, offer incentives that encourage the child to work hard to complete their work.
- Celebrate – Celebrate every accomplishment. When your kids finish reading that book, or learn a few new sight words, or find everything on their summer scavenger hunt! Remember that not every celebration requires a treat or prize. Kids need to learn the value of intrinsic motivation. Take the summer to use words of motivation rather than material treats. Have conversations and ask kids how it feels to accomplish the task. Learning the value of this is a prize in and of itself!
🏖️ Download the Summer Fun Worksheets!