July is summer fun month. Whether you homeschool year-round or break for the summer months, your children are sure to have uttered the infamous words, “I am bored.” These resources may help to, not only entertain, but also educate your students.
June Fuentes shares her method for encouraging her daughter to grow spiritually. Ms. Fuentes reviews the book A Young Woman’s Walk with God by Elizabeth George.
Having kids tap into their creativity is an excellent way to keep the summer fun going. These 100 drawing projects for all ages could spark their inner artist.
When summer begins to slow down a bit, the temptation is to grab an electronic device. This list of screen-free family activities may stave off that temptation.
You can conquer summer doldrums by planning for and looking forward to a future event, whether it is an upcoming family vacation or one of the family-themed nights from this list.
These two lists are full of things to do this summer with your family.
Reading a great book aloud can be an enjoyable way to spend family time during the summer. This list from Focus on the Family is broken down by age groups from preschool to adult. If you are unsure about a title, search the Focus on the Family’s book review database which gives an analysis of popular books.
Focus on the Family Book Review database.
For an example of the positive impact a family read-aloud time can have, here’s a link to a clip from an old movie, I Remember Mama, based on the true story of a young Norwegian girl growing up in San Francisco during the early part of the last century. (You’ll have to endure a bit of advertising before the clip is shown.)
Sidewalk chalk is a staple of the preschool years. You can reinforce preschool learning with these sidewalk chalk activities.
Little ones can keep up the summer fun by playing with bouncing bubbles. You can use this non-glycerin, non-corn syrup, bouncing bubble recipe to create sturdy bubbles and lots of fun.
Summer time is the best time to occupy your smallest students with outside water games and activities.
Books are always a great way to encourage creative thinking and learning. This reading list is a great place to start to find summer-themed books.
Continue their education with these 101 sidewalk chalk activities. The activities are grouped into the categories: Letters, Words, and Reading; Numbers, Counting, and Math; and Colors, Shapes, Science, and More; Imagination and Creativity Boosters; and Active Activities and Games.
Art projects are a tried and true boredom buster. You can try these guided art projects or use them as inspiration to create your own.
This colorful wax crayon print should be an easy project for your older elementary students.
Elmer’s glue and chalk pastels are all that are needed for these self portraits.
Black glue and watercolors combine to create these ocean-themed works of art.
Your children can create endless cartoon characters with these facial elements. Your student can choose eyes, a mouth, a nose, hair, and a facial shape. They can then combine the features together in a drawing to create a character of their imagination.
For more in-depth art instruction, you can sign your student up for a week of free online art classes. This class has a Facebook group that will allow you to upload your student’s art to share with members of the group.
This list of 15 activities includes art projects, do-it-yourself yard games, outdoor water play activities, and instructions to create a PVC Backyard Water Park, among others.
For the Lego enthusiast, you can use these 25 Lego activities to challenge and occupy your brick master.
Here is another challenge for Lego architects – a Lego mechanical puzzle. Have your student build this puzzle from the pictures on this web page, or you can use the link provided for an instructional video.
Scavenger hunts are a great way to have your children exercise their observation skills, play a game, and learn at the same time. You can download and print out scavenger hunt pages from the Resourceful Mama, and Buggy and Buddy.com.
These science activities can keep your students busy and learning.
Create a steam-themed “bored jar” with science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics activities for your students to explore. You can print out the list, cut out the activities, and place them in a container to be drawn out and investigated.
You can also plan a science camp for your students with this resource from the What We Do All Day blog. These resources are designed to do two activities for each of eight weeks, but you can schedule them to suit your needs..
These reading activities encourage reading all summer long. You will find reading logs, summer reading programs, scavenger hunts, as well as suggested book lists.
This printable list of boredom busters might encourage your teenage girls to try a few new things or pursue their interests.
This list of summer boredom busters is geared for teenage boys. There are exploding paint bombs, tie dye pillow cases, and a do it yourself backyard angry bird game.
Summer is a great time to take up a new skill such as knitting because there is time to devote to mastery.
Arm and finger knitting have become popular recently. You will find the instructions and a few projects to try at the In the Loop Knitting blog.
Bullet journaling is a way to document and organize your schedule. Your teens could spend the summer learning how to create a bullet journal to organize their school year.
If your student has a bent toward art, these instructions on colored pencil techniques will teach them how to create detailed drawings.
Summer time is a great time for high school students to get a jump start on college entrance exam preparation. U.S. News has significant resources on preparing for the SAT, ACT, and other college entrance tests.