Productive Summer Projects for Kids (They’ll Actually Like)

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By Kylie Ora Lobell

It happens every year: summer vacation catches you by surprise, and suddenly, your kids are home for two months. As a parent, you want to ensure that your children have productive and fun kids’ summer activities to pursue during their time off.

If you aren’t sure how they can occupy their time and learn something new over the next few months, here are four great summer projects for kids:

1. Cultivate Their Green Thumbs

Some of the most fun summer projects for kids are ones they can work on from June until August. At the beginning of the season, they can plant seeds and grow their own vegetables, like yellow squash and cucumbers, with the Educational Insights Nancy B’s Science Club Way To Grow Hydroponics Kit & Gardening Diary. The kit’s gardening diary helps your children continuously track their plants’ progress. At the end of the summer, they will feel accomplished and get to enjoy their delicious vegetables.

2. Do Good

Summer vacation is about fun, but that doesn’t mean learning has to stop. The importance of charity may be one of the most meaningful lessons you can impart upon your kids. Whenever you pay them for doing chores around the house, encourage them to donate 10 percent of their earnings. They can keep the money in a Schylling Rubber Piggy Bank, and you can help them research charities to donate to online. Start with their interests: does your child love animals? They can adopt an orphaned elephant through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Do you have a future doctor on your hands? They can help a patient get the care they need through Watsi.

3. Teach Them to Knit and Sew

Knitting and sewing are two summer projects for kids that will serve them throughout their lives. To teach them the basics, start out with a Made by Me Knit & Sew kit. Children can learn how to make a scarf, hat, felt pillow, and coin purse, and they can proudly wear their beautiful creations to school when the cold weather hits.

4. Get Baking

Baking is on the list of great kids’ summer activities because it is a fun, relaxing pastime that is also a useful skill. With baking mixes from Harry & David, children can learn to make yummy treats for breakfast and dessert. When school is back in session, they can take their sweets in for their friends and teachers.

Summer is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to panic. With these activities in your arsenal, your kids will stay consistently busy (and entertained). And who knows, you might even inspire a lifelong passion, too.

Teach your kids a practical life skill this summer when you show them how to bake! It's easy with these Harry & David pancake and scone mixes.

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