What do you do to fight the summer slide? How do you combat the inevitable summer boredom syndrome? With planned activities, of course. I’ve planned a series of themed weeks filled with fun and educational activities to ward off the summer chaos so I decided to share them with you. Visit our Outer Space week here. This post contains affiliate links. I earn a small commission from some items that are purchased through these links, but any opinions of them are my own.
We’ll be getting the friends together to enjoy most of these activities as a group. Cooperative learning is so fun and important, I think, but these activities would be fun without friends, too.
Books to read:
Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House series)
Dinosaurs by Mary Pope Osborne (Non-Fiction guide)
Dinosaur! by DK Children
The Berenstain Bears Dinosaur Dig by Stan & Jan Berenstain
The Good Dinosaur by Disney
Oh Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur? by Bonnie Worth
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs by Joanna Cole
Make this footprint dinosaur craft from Crafty Morning
Make salt-dough fossils from All Kids Network
Do a cookie fossil dig with chocolate chip cookies and toothpicks from Teachers Pay Teachers (FREE)
Dig up a dinosaur skeleton with Smithsonian’s Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs T-Rex
Learn how to draw Arlo from Good Dinosaur – Watch this video from a Disney animator to learn how to draw Arlo
Make paper pterodactyl puppets from the Craft Train
Snacks to make:
Make Rice Krispie treat dinosaur eggs from Mess for Less
Kristen Smith’s All About the Dinosaurs pack from Teachers Pay Teachers ($) – this is an awesome packet that includes active, hands-on activities to supplement the written work.
Good Dinosaur Activity Placemat printable
See how many words you can make from Tyrannasaurus Rex with this printable
Practice close reading with this free pack for K, 1st & 2nd grade
Other fun stuff:
Dinosaur toys – use these with the salt dough to make fossils
Dinosaur skeletons – have your own backyard dino dig
Dinosaur finger puppets – put on a puppet show, act out movie scenes
Dinosaur stickers – make a scene with these stickers
Walkin’ and Talkin’ plush Arlo – I like to give a stuffed animal sometimes as a keepsake of our unit study, I might do it with my summer activities weeks, too.
Be sure to check out week 2: Outer Space, where you’ll find tons of fun, outer space themed activities.
What fun things do you have planned this summer?