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25 Fun Kindergarten Summer School Learning Activities
Kindergarten Summer School is so much fun! Whether you are tutoring, teaching summer school, or working with your own kiddos over the summer, here are some daily activities to do with kids.
Crafts for a Kindergarten Summer Program
Oh my goodness, you are so fortunate to be working with kiddos over the Summer. There is something about the summertime that is motivating and allows for fun activities for kids. Although specified for kindergarten, these crafts would be great for all elementary students.
If you love to promote hands-on learning and sensory play, then here is a list of easy crafts to do with kids over the summer months.
- Paper plate sunflowers
- Summertime slime
- Seashell painting
- Make a bird feeder
- Build a raft out of sticks in the yard (great for small groups to practice teamwork)
- Paint flower pots
- Make tie-dye shirts
- Firework Salt Painting
- Sidewalk puffy paint
- Rock Painting Kits
Outdoor Activities for Summer Camp
Yes, there are plenty of reasons to offer additional supports for primary students during summer school, but the kids also need fun, outdoor, activities. Here’s a list of activities we’ve done in the previous years. They are great for incorporating physical activity for any summer youth enrichment programs.
- Water Tables
- Plant a garden
- Water balloons
- Set up a backyard obstacle course
- Shaving Cream Slide
- Climb trees
- Have a picnic
- Balloon Tennis
- Sponge Ball Water Toss
- Blow Up Water Slide
- Slip and Slide
- Make a pin-wheel display
- Outdoor Dominoes
- Water Balloon Baseball
- Outdoor Jenga
Learning Activities for Kindergarten Curriculum
A summer school program is typically offered through a school district to offer support with academic skills. Certified staff members help ready kids for the next school year, reviewing reading skills, math skills, social skills, reading skills, and literacy skills. Continuous improvement
to avoid the summer slide is important for a child’s academic success.
As a kindergarten teacher, I would determine eligible students for Summer learning programs based on their skills in the core subjects. Below is a short list of skills I’d focus on to assure the kids are ready for first grade.
- Sight Words (high frequency words)
- Kindergarten Math Skills (number recognition, number writing, counting, adding, subtracting)
- Letter Sounds (Identifying alphabet letters, producing their sounds, and beginning/middle/end sounds of words)
- Concepts of Print (Building words, reading, and writing left to right, top to bottom, spacing, etc)
- Writing (letter formation, spacing, writing a complete sentence)
- Reading fluency (In elementary schools, fluency is referencing the kids speed, expression, and accuracy when reading)
Academic Support for Sight Words
Summer is the perfect time to practice sight words! The kids aren’t in school mode, and often have a different perspective on learning when presented in a fun way.
Help the kids avoid the summer slide by building sight word recognition, and have them ready to start school as a strong reader. Their first grade classroom teacher will thank you for the additional support. Within each grade level, the number of sight words they are expected to know increases. Please refer to your local school district for additional information on their English language development standards.
Here is a list of ways you can practice sight words with your kids over summer vacation.
- Popsicle stick sight word games
- Shaving Cream sight words
- Sight Word hunts in old magazines
- Play a game of war using sight word cards
- Make sight words out of playdoh
- Build sight words out of legos
- Kindergarten sight word printable worksheets
With these Summer sight word searches, simply print and you’re ready to go! Kiddos identify the focus word on the top-right, then search for the word throughout the page. To keep the learning fun, they can highlight, circle, or use a bingo dotter to mark the word each time they find it!
Review Kindergarten Math
Teaching kindergarten math is so much fun! You get to watch the early childhood aged kids go from barely understanding number sequence from 1-10, to becoming fluent in basic addition and subtraction within 20.
If the kids are having a difficult time learning new skills in math, I suggest additional supports to be offered throughout the summer session.
There are tons of ways you can incorporate math into your fun kindergarten Summer school activities, such as printable worksheets, outdoor learning, math talks, and so much more. With so many summer themed printable activities, you can keep your kiddos engaged in fun learning opportunities all Summer long.
Summer Enrichment for Kindergarten Math
To help you save time and money planning for the perfect experience, I’ve put together a Kindergarten Summer School bundle.
The following math activities are included in the bundle, as well as the language arts resources coming up.
A strong math foundation happens in preschool. If your students did not attend a summer preschool program, and struggled in kindergarten, it’s important to offer as much support as possible before moving up to first grade.
A recent study shows “…the preschool years can make a major contribution to closing the gap in opportunity to learn mathematical ideas” (Clements, Fuson, and Sarama)
- Summer Counting to 10 Worksheets
- Ocean Themed Counting Worksheets
- Go on a nature walk looking for objects that resemble 3D shapes, count rocks, measure each other using sticks, etc
- Do a brief daily math talk
- Addition to 10 Task Cards
- Addition to 20 Task Cards
- Subtraction within 10 Task Cards
- Subtraction within 20 Task Cards
- June, July, and August Math Talks
Kindergarten Math Talks
Math talks are a kindergarten must-have. The open-ended math questions for kids build their critical thinking skills and help them become independent thinkers. Plus, the fun, seasonal and summer themed questions are super fun and relatable to the kids. They absolutely love doing math talks, and I highly recommend them as a part of your kindergarten summer school routine, whether at school or at home with a tutor.
Grab your Summer Kindergarten Math Talks Here
Summer Poems for Kids
When I think of Summertime, I think of oceans, ball games, staying up late, campfire snacks, songs, getting muddy, and hanging out by the pool.
Here are 3 Summer poems that your kiddos will love. Use them to build language, practice concepts of print, sight word hunts, rhyming patterns, fluency, and so much more.
Review Beginning Sounds
Along with keeping the kiddos engaged with reading poems, math, sight word activities, and crafts, you can also use these beginning sounds Summer themed task cards to reinforce letter-sound correspondence. It’s very important the kids don’t lose this fundamental skill over the summer.
Review Concepts of Print
As kids get into the swing of Summer, we need to remember to reinforce the basics of kindergarten, such as concepts of print.
A simple and fun way to practice concepts of print are with my Making Words activities. This Ocean themed Making Words resource has everything you need to build early writing skills and vocabulary.
The kiddos will cut and paste letter tiles to build 10 ocean animal words. By doing this, they will practice concepts of print such as left to right and letter direction. Next, they will write the word and color a picture to match. Considering it’s kindergarten Summer school, you may want your kids to write a sentence rather than simply copy the word. This gives them a challenge, and reinforces spacing, capitalization, punctuation, and letter formation.
Get Making Words Ocean activities, HERE.
Kindergarten Summer School Bundle
You can save money and time with this complete Kindergarten Summer School Bundle of printable resources mentioned above.
You Will Get:
- Summer Sight Word Search Worksheets (5 worksheets)
- Summer Count, Write, and Color Worksheets: Counting objects to 10
- Ocean Count, Write, and Color Worksheets: Counting to 10
- Summer Addition to 10 Task Cards and Recording Sheet
- Summer Addition to 20 Task Cards and Recording Sheet
- Ocean Subtraction within 10 Task Cards and Recording Sheet
- Summer Subtraction within 20 Task Cards and Recording Sheet
- 3 Summer Poems (Summer, Summer – Take Me Out to the Ocean – Summertime)
- Summer Beginning Sounds Task Cards
- Ocean Making Words (10 cut and paste worksheets and 10 vocabulary cards)
- June Kindergarten Math Talks
- July Kindergarten Math Talks
Use code LEARNING to get 10% off your Summer School Bundle
Before you go, here are some blog posts mentioned above:
115 Fun Summer Activities for Kids
Kindergarten Summer School