The summer is full of possibilities and so is your child! Inspire their curiosity each day with the learning activities, crafts, games and videos below, or create “anytime” moments of fun with resources from PBS KIDS. Discover something new each week!
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WEEK OF JULY 25 – JULY 31:
“Let’s Make Plans!”
Getting into a new routine.
- Peg + Cat discovered it’s great to have a morning routine to start your day off happy and healthy. Here’s one you can do. Plan the steps in any order that works for you!
- Here’s how to plan ahead with a refrigerator calendar. Kickstart those important executive function skills to set up for future success!
- Learning new things takes practice, practice, practice! When you want to do something new that seems hard to do, listen to this catchy, encouraging tune from Bruno Mars and don’t give up!
WEEK OF JULY 18 – JULY 24:
“Let’s Read & Share Stories!”
Where imaginations connect.
- Reading and writing starts with the A, B, C’s! Here’s a hip-hoppin’ new beat for The Alphabet Song. Learn those letters by singing along!
- Did you ever build a fort out of pillows and blankets and chairs, then climb inside to snuggle up and read? Try it! Why not find some of these storybooks and read along? Tim Gunn reads “Mary Had A Little Glam”; Mark Brown reads “Arthur’s New Puppy”; Michelle Obama reads “The Gruffalo”; Carla Hall reads “My Rainy Day Rocket Ship,” and many more.
- Try writing and illustrating your own stories about something that really happened to you!
- Play this fill-in-the-blank online story game with Xavier Riddle.
WEEK OF JULY 11 – JULY 17:
“Let’s Learn About Animals!”
It’s raining cats and dogs!
- Watch the premiere of the Wild Kratts: Cats and Dogs Movie this week on PBS KIDS 24/7. Watch Monday, July 12 at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Check our schedule for more broadcast times or stream on the PBS Kids Video App.
- Float like a butterfly! Try making your own butterfly costume and learn about their amazing colors and patterns with Elinor Wonders Why.
- Be an animal investigator or create fantastic creatures of your own. Download this activity packet for more ideas»
- Play the Wild Kratts’ “Baby Animal Rescue!” game online. Play here»
WEEK OF JULY 4 – JULY 10:
“Let’s Play With Water!”
Get to know your H20.
- Be cool: investigate ice, observe the weather, and plan for those rainy days. Download & print this activity packet»
- Then check out more water activities, recipes, games, and crafts.
- Learn about the fascinating forms of water like hail and rainbows with Nature Cat, Splash and Bubbles, and Ready Jet Go! with the PBS KIDS YouTube “Explore the Possibilities: Water Play” playlist.
- Play the “Racing Rapids” game with Nature Cat! Play here»
WEEK OF JUNE 27 – JULY 3:
“Let’s Explore the Night Sky!”
Learn about the wonders of outer space.
- Use a flashlight to make constellations, make your own telescope, or imagine some colorful space aliens — all in this fun activity packet to download & print»
- Explore favorite star patterns with the Wild Kratts, hear the Weepies sing about gravity, or create a moon rock painting. Explore the possibilities of space on the PBS KIDS YouTube channel»
- Make a DIY rocket, explore the rings of Saturn, or play the Moon Landing Game and more in this Space collection on PBS for Parents»
WEEK OF JUNE 20 – JUNE 26:
“Let’s Get Together!”
Learn about being good friends and neighbors.
- We can all be helpers and do important jobs. Let’s make a chore chart. Download & print»
- Check out the PBS KIDS for Parents collection of friendship games, crafts, activities and recipes. Learn about how to take turns, ways to say “thank you,” practice being a good sport and make confetti popcorn. Check it out here»
- Sing along to “You, Me & Community” and “Look for the Helpers” with Daniel Tiger, and learn about the kind and caring world of Mister Rogers on the PBS KIDS YouTube Channel»
More Parent Resource from PBS:
“Little 101” – Here are some answers for those common (and sometimes baffling) little kid questions:
- Why Do I Have To Go To Bed?
- Why Is Poop Brown?
- Why Do Stars Twinkle?
- Why Do I Get Dizzy When I Spin?
- How Do We Think?
- Vaccines: What’s Inside Them And Are They Safe?
- Poop FAQ
- How To Safely Put Your Infant To Bed
- Understanding Allergies
- Is My Kid Behind? Real Talk About Milestones
- All Episodes of Parentalogic