• Make a nature bracelet. Wrap masking tape around your wrist, sticky side out. Collect small leaves, flowers, etc. and add them to the bracelet.
  • Make a picnic lunch for two. Invite a friend over and have a picnic in the backyard.
  • Write a story about your favorite friend.
  • Put together a scrapbook of things you saved during the school year.
  • Visit the library and check out three books.
  • With bright-colored markers, draw a picture of your favorite place to go. Paste it to a piece of poster board and cut it into pieces for a jigsaw puzzle.
  • Play Charades.
  • Write to a relative about your summer plans.
  • Visit the library. Check out a kitchen science book—try some experiments.
  • Make up a story at dinner—each person adds a new sentence.
  • Paint a picture with lemon juice on white paper. Hang it in a sunny window. In a few days, see what happens.
  • Make a date with your parents to attend something musical.
  • Visit a historical site.
  • Take a counting walk: how many steps to the mailbox? To a friends house?
  • Make dessert for dinner.
  • List all the things you can that start with the first letter of your name.
  • Write a thank you not to last year’s teacher.
  • Visit a museum.
  • Paint a picture on a smooth stone. Coat it with varnish or clear nail polish to protect it.
  • Create an edible picture using graham crackers, frosting, and assorted treats (gummy animals, sprinkles, licorice, etc.).
    When traveling, play the ABC game. Find words on signs, billboards, etc. that start with each letter of the alphabet (in order).
  • Make a toothpick or Popsicle stick sculpture.
  • Make a picture out of buttons.
  • Start a collection: coins, stamps, sports cards.
  • Go on a flashlight walk at night with a parent.
  • Visit a grocery store and select a “mystery” food you’ve never tried, like kumquats.
  • Plant a garden and help take care of it.
  • Make designs on the driveway with water.
  • Do some stargazing. Find the Big Dipper.
  • Create a family symphony with bottles, pans, and rubber bands.
  • Organize your toys. Donate any in good shape that you no longer play with.
  • Have each family member share an interesting newspaper article at dinner.
  • Have a family water fight.


  • Learn to play Solitaire.
  • Surprise an elderly neighbor or your parents by weeding his/her garden, raking leaves, etc.
  • Watch a baseball game. Keep track of personal statistics for one player for each team.
  • Rent a movie about the life of someone famous.
  • Build a house with playing cards.
  • Read the comic section of the newspaper to someone else.
  • Have a scavenger hunt.
  • Use a 2-liter bottle to create a “piggy” bank.
  • Design your own calendar for next year. Use the computer, crayons, magazine pictures, etc.
  • Put together a collection of leaves from your neighborhood and label as many as you can.
  • Set up your own miniature golf course in the backyard.
  • Practice throwing a Frisbee with a friend or family member.
  • Learn about Tangrams and how to use them.
  • Make black and white photocopies of family photographs. Use markers, crayons, or pencils to color them in. Go wild!
  • Find a weird word in the dictionary. Use it in a sentence and see how many people you can stump and amaze.


Sidewalk Chalk
1 c. plaster of Paris
Almost ½ c. cool water
2-3 T. liquid tempera paint
Disposable plastic container for mixing.
Disposable molds—small yogurt cups, plastic trays, toilet paper tubes, etc.)

Mix plaster and most of the water. Add paint. Stir well. Add remaining water. Mix well. Pour into molds. Remove after chalk is completely dry.

Play Clay
2 c. baking soda
1 c. cornstarch
1 ¼ c. water

Mix in saucepan. Stir constantly over medium heat until consistency of moist mashed potatoes. Turn out on a plate and cover with a damp cloth until cool enough to handle. Clay will air dry overnight. To color clay: Knead in liquid food coloring OR paint pieces after they are dry. Store unused clay in a bag in the refrigerator.