Top 10 Ways to Explore & Learn with Activity Kits this Summer

We’re excited to be participating in a fun series with This Reading Mama and other bloggers to bring you an entire week of different ways kids can keep learning throughout the summer. It’s important that kids continue to learn while at home and away from school so that they do not fall behind.

The School’s Out: A Top 10 Summer Learning Blog Hop is brought to you by the Kid Blogger Network where you can HOP around from blog to blog reading all the different Top 10 posts.

Top 10 Ways to Explore and Learn with Activity Kits

Our top 10 post is different ways to explore and learn with activity kits this summer. Each of the 10 categories has examples. Clicking the colored link will bring you to another blog or website showcasing what each is about and either how to make your own or where you can buy it. A couple of them are affiliate links to the product on Amazon.

1. Adventure Kits

Up first is all about adventure – whether exploring your backyard, hiking, or at a park. I love everything about these because they foster imagination and make learning about nature fun….. even bugs!

 2. Pretend Play Kits

My kids love pretend play, especially my daughter. I am always in awe of how imaginative she is.  They would have a blast playing with the activities featured below!

3. Science Kits

Anything that involves science experiments is sure to be a hit in our home! It’s exciting to see their faces light up when they see what happens.

4. Creativity Boxes

There were so many amazing ideas that I had a hard time narrowing these down. Here are 7 of my favorite:

Play, Create, Explore, and Learn with Activity Kits this Summer

5. Subscription and/or Buy separate

These subscriptions boxes are such a great idea! You can pay for a certain time period (like a year) and have a box delivered monthly. Some have it where you can purchase a box separate as an alternative to the subscription plans.

6. Writing

Here are ways to encourage kids to write (and some pre-writing activities).

7. Book-themed

These story/book activities are awesome for encouraging creative thinking!

Hands-on Learning with Activity Kits

8. Travel

Headed on a road trip? Check out these great ways to make learning on the go a fun experience. Or pretend to travel the world and learn about different countries.

  • Track your road trip and make Ring-Bound Books like shared on the Martha Stewart website. There are also more road trip games and activities in the slideshow.
  • Mama.Papa.Bubba. made a Homemade Portable Activity Binder for younger children that has been a HUGE hit with her readers.
  • Living Montessori Now has a great post about Little Passports – A Global Adventure. She writes about what it is, some of the countries available, and photos of some of the ones they did.

9. Hobby

10. Best of the Rest

  • Mama.Papa.Bubba has several fun Sensory Play Kits that my kids would absolutely love.
  • Ever hear of Snap Circuits? Tinkerlab did a review and also shares some of their favorite  creativity-building toys.
  • DIY Math Kit via Paging Fun Mums
  • Let’s Lasso the Moon has an awesome list of Dinosaur activities including a dinosaur excavation kit. Kids will love digging up a T-rex!


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