We’ve compiled some of our favorite summer-themed activities that are easy to set up, inexpensive, and will keep your child entertained and learning all season long.

Infants & Toddlers (Ages 0-2)

Before a vacation, read books about some of the things your child may experience (i.e., going to the beach, swimming in the pool, playing on the playground). Some of our favorites are Baby Loves Summer by Karen Katz, Summer (Bright Baby Touch and Feel) by Roger Priddy, Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson, and At the Beach by Salina Yoon.

Beginners (Ages 2-3)

Take a walk outdoors with your child and search for a few small stones. Talk about different items you see, such as a flower, the sun, a butterfly, and clouds. When you get home, provide him with paint and a paintbrush. Encourage him to decorate the stones by painting items he saw during the walk.

Intermediates (Ages 3-4)

Practice counting and fine motor skills using watermelon seeds. Cut a watermelon in half and ask your child to pick out and count 50 seeds. Use this as an opportunity to also discuss color, size and shape.

Pre-K/Pre-K 2 (Ages 4-5)

Help your child write a note to a relative or friend about a recent vacation. Encourage him to use uppercase and lowercase letters. For more challenging words, you may want to write them first, and have him copy the words on his own paper.