Activities to Do With Kids this Summer

Summer is well on its way, and your kids may be beginning to say those two dreaded words, “I’m bored.” Great! A perfect time to introduce them to new activities and keep them learning. Encourage your kids to be productive over the summer with these five activities:

One Chore a Day

Your kids may already have set chores, but use the extra summer time to teach them a new one. Yes, you don’t want to overdo it and have your child cleaning the house all day, but it’s important that they learn these skills for their own futures (we all knew that one kid in college who lacked such skills – not a pretty sight). Pick an age-appropriate chore, teach them how to complete it, and then let them take over the chore for the summer, if possible. This not only helps you, but teaches them valuable life skills.

Learn a New Skill this Summer

Speaking of life skills, challenge your child to pick an activity that they want to master (or just improve upon) by the end of the summer. It could be a musical instrument, an outdoors activity, learning a new language, or anything they can put their minds to! Have them set goals and challenge them to decide for themselves (with some helpful hints) how many hours a day they’ll need to practice in order to meet their goals. This not only keeps their minds engaged and learning over the summer, but also provides them with the opportunity to follow their passions!

Learn a New Word/Fact a Day

This one may not be as fun, but challenge your child (depending on their school interests) to either learn a new vocabulary word every day or a new scientific or historical fact. If every day seems like too much, make it once a week. You know what’s best for your child and how they best learn. Make sure the topic they pick is something they’re interested in. If they love animals, make it a new fact about zoology or biology. If they love their World War II video games, make it a historical fact about the war. This will keep their interest and make it exciting.

Eat Healthy this Summer

A challenge for the whole family – spend the summer eating healthier. Take the kids with you to the grocery store (if possible) and have them help you pick out healthier foods. Teach them what’s nutritious and what is processed (looking at you, Goldfish). This will be a more difficult task, but if the whole family does it together, it will be a great learning experience for your kids and sets them up to make healthier choices as adults.

Do Something Nice this Summer

Have your kids volunteer or partake in activities at home that benefit others. For example, you can volunteer at a soup kitchen or shop for canned food for a local food drive. You can volunteer at an animal shelter or make get well cards for hospital patients. Again, the activity can be picked based on your child’s passions. By making volunteering part of their childhood, it normalizes the practice and they’ll be more likely to partake in such activities as they grow up. It can also be a great basis for learning new skills, becoming leaders, and can help them with internships and jobs in the future.

Make sure your kids still have plenty of time for play this summer, but with these five tips you’ll help them have a productive one, too.

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Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
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Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
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nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”