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Keeping the Summer Slide at Bay: Fun and Educational Activities for Kindergarteners

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As the warm summer months approach, it’s essential to keep our little learners engaged and stimulated to prevent the dreaded “summer slide.” The summer slide refers to the loss of academic skills and knowledge that can occur over the summer break, particularly for young children. But fear not! With a bit of creativity and planning, we can turn this break into an opportunity for continued growth and exploration. Grab your packet of summer practice for Kindergarteners

These summer learning activities for kindergarten will help prevent the summer slide! Check out this post fun summer activities that your students can work on during the summer to keep their skills sharp. Be sure to grab the free summer worksheet packet in this post!

Summer Activities for Kindergarteners

Here are some simple yet effective ways to keep your kindergarteners’ minds active and thriving throughout the summer:

1. Read, Read, Read: Encourage a love of reading by making it a daily habit. Set aside time each day to enjoy books together. Visit your local library to explore new titles and participate in summer reading programs. Let your child choose books that pique their interest, whether it’s about dinosaurs, princesses, or outer space.

2. Explore the Outdoors: Nature offers endless opportunities for learning and discovery. Take nature walks in your neighborhood or local parks. Encourage your child to observe plants, insects, and animals, and ask questions about what they see. Bring along a magnifying glass or binoculars for a closer look at the wonders of the natural world.

3. Create Learning Opportunities: Turn everyday activities into learning experiences. Involve your child in cooking and baking projects, where they can practice measuring ingredients and following instructions. Sort and categorize items around the house, such as toys, books, or groceries, to reinforce early math skills.

4. Hands-On Activities: Engage your child in hands-on activities that promote creativity and critical thinking. Set up a simple science experiment, create art projects using different materials, or build structures with blocks or recycled materials. These activities not only keep kids entertained but also encourage problem-solving and fine motor skills development.

6. Foster Curiosity: Encourage curiosity and exploration by allowing your child to pursue their interests. Whether it’s gardening, birdwatching, or learning about space, support their curiosity by providing books, resources, and opportunities to explore new topics.

5. Practice Writing and Math Skills: Incorporate writing and math practice into your child’s daily routine in fun and meaningful ways. Encourage them to write letters to family members or keep a summer journal to document their adventures. Play games that involve counting, sorting, and identifying shapes and patterns.

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Stop the Summer Slide with Spiral Review

Summer Practice for Kindergarteners

Each page is a review (or practice) for skills a 5-6 year old should have. Topics are covered in the Kindergarten curriculum and form the foundation of their learning and math skills. Cute images are fun to color as they work and all the concepts are engaging and provide a quick review without overwhelming your child (when they would much rather be outside playing!).

There are 30 pages of practice and review in this set: CVC words, short vowels, counting, adding, subtracting, shapes, and more.

Short Vowels and Number Sequence


Subtracting from 10


How Many Objects


Beginning Sounds and Subitizing


Short E and CVC Words


Matching Letters and Counting

Remember, learning doesn’t have to stop when school’s out for summer. By incorporating these activities into your child’s daily routine, you can help prevent the summer slide and foster a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

Wishing you a summer filled with sunshine, laughter, and endless opportunities for discovery!

Digital Practice for School Year Review

Looking for an interactive way to practice kindergarten skills and review? Check out the Google Slides and BOOM lessons that coordinate with these worksheets.


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