Thursday, July 2, 2015

Well Rounded Summer Resources: Reading, Art, STEM, Nature

Parks and Recreation Centers have great outdoor activities, too.

With a school break, there is time to read, do arts and crafts, hang around outside checking out nature--summertime, what a great gift. (And just for a little while of relaxing math, don't forget

Backyard Birding 

Nature Activities & Nature Experiments 


Outdoor Activities:Taking Science Outside 

Birding with Children 


The sky is cheap entertainment.


Kids Astronomy

Nature Activities & Nature Experiments

Outdoor Activities:Taking Science Outside 

Flowers, like these verbena in my yard, will cross-pollinate creating blended colors. How cool is that?

Kids can also identify insects and their habitats, which is important for safety reasons. The critters become like family, and kids learn to respect their lives in the garden, rather then hunt and squish them.

Mojave lizard, eater of Black Widow Spiders. Bon appetit, dude.

Knowing native plants and birds, how to use water wisely. Kids are easily recruited from an early age to be assistant gardeners and landscapers. 

Checking out the weather by looking at the sky, feeling the humidity, temperature, and the wind patterns are also safety points. Plus, chatting about the weather is just a necessary social skill globally.

And realistically, the sky is cheap entertainment.

  1. Go on a Backyard Botany Hunt

2. What’s Up in the Sky this Month 

3. Weather Wiz Kids 

4. Summer Science Projects

5. Summer Birding Tips


I want to make some chalk!
More time, more art! It's summer!

This site is great for little kids on up.

This site has listed a number of other sites with links.

One of a kind tie dye.

Got my backpack, let's go on a picnic.

Fun sewing will teach kids about needle and thread and maybe buttons. This site has more than this one project, but this looked the cutest to me.

More sewing. Lots of choices.

Its a softie!
This is just the beginning of a creative summer.


This is Scholastic's program online. Looks like fun.

Make a deal with the bookstore.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading

 This is sponsored free by Sylvan. Looks like fun! (Do I keep saying that? I guess I think reading is fun!)

Best sellers for kids of the last 100 years.

This would be worth some research. And Chuck E. Cheese, too.

A List of Summer Reading Programs for Kids That Give Free Books, Money and More

Have a Do-It-Yourself with your kids' friends. Sounds like fun to me (doh! I said it again.)
I used to have a reading party with my tutoring students at the end of the summer--we'd dress up as favorite characters. Not too original, but really cool since they kids had just fallen in love with reading for the first time.

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