Hands-On Summer Activities for Kindergarten
Once May rolls around the summer countdown is ON. As hard as you might try, it can be a real struggle to keep kids on task and engaged with only a few weeks left of school. Add in end of the year and summer activities for Kindergarten like an End of the Year ABC Countdown and the odds are stacked against you!
As teachers we know how important it is to plan fun activities for our students year-round, but I think it’s even more crucial at the end of the year! I wanted to share the new Summer Literacy and Math Tubs that were made just for the end of the year in Kindergarten!
Plus these summer activities for kindergarten do not include recording sheets – which means you won’t have a ton of papers to check in the last few weeks of school. Instead, these are easy to prep, highly engaging, hands-on activities that will help your students review and solidly the skills you’ve worked hard on all year long!
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Summer Literacy and Math Tubs
This Summer Activities for Kindergarten pack includes 22 literacy and math activities with a “get ready for summer” theme. The skills included in this resource are ones that your Kindergarteners are probably working on during the months of May and June or even summer school. It is packed full of games and interactive, hands-on activities to keep students engaged and learning right up until the last day.
The activities are easy to prep – most of them are just print and go. They use basic classroom supplies such as plastic cubes, mini erasers, play dough, dot cubes, and spinners. Most activities include more than one version allowing you to differentiate for your students.
Each of these Summer Activities for Kindergarten include teacher friendly directions as well as an “I Can” visual directions page to promote independence. They do not include recording sheets which makes them ideal for morning tubs and early finisher activities. But you can certainly use them for math and literacy centers too.
Spin and Find Shapes
Students will spin the spinner and identify the shape. They will cover a space that matches the shape. Students will continue to play until all of the spaces have been covered. (2 activies – 2D and 3D shapes included)
Solve and Cover
Students will solve to determine the number that is missing on the card. They will find the missing number on the ”Solve and Cover” mat and cover the number.
Flip and Find
Students will identify the number. They will find and cover the corresponding number on the hundreds chart. Students will continue playing until all of the numbers have been covered. (Numbers to 100 are included.)
Students play with a partner. Players will take turns spinning the spinner and covering a picture match with a plastic cube. If a player rolls the same word they can “BUMP” the other player off the space. If the player rolls the same word again, without being bumped off, they can add a second cube to “lock” the space. Locked spaces cannot be bumped. The first player to use all of their cubes is the winner. (4 activities included – Beginning Digraphs and Beginning L Blends, R Blends, and S Blends)
Summer Sight Word Sentences
Students will read the sentence to determine which sight word completes the sentence. Students can use clothes pins to clip their answers or have students use magnetic letters to spell the missing sight word.
Flip and Find CVC and CVCe Words
Students will identify the CVC or CVCe picture on the card. They will find and cover the corresponding word on the activity mat. Students will continue playing until all of the words have been covered. (2 activities included)
Sweet Summer Rhymes
Students will read the word at the top of the card and use magnetic letters or a dry erase marker to spell a word that rhymes.
Editable Sight Words
Students will select a sight word card and place it on the mat. They will build the word using a dry erase marker or magnetic letters. This activity is editable so you can add your own sight words.
For a closer look at some of the activities include in the May Morning Tubs, check out this video:
Summer Activities: Spin and Solve
This is a fun little freebie will help strengthen addition and subtraction skills. And the kids and sunglasses and flip flops make this perfect for summer. Plus it’s hands-on and engaging, just like the activities in the Summer Literacy and Math Tubs.
To prepare this activity simply print and laminate the activity mats. There are two addition mats, two subtraction mats, and four mixed addition and subtraction mats included.
There is a small hole in the lower left corner of each activity mat, if you’d like to punch a hole and put them on a metal ring for organizational purposes.
Students will need mini erasers or plastic cubes for this activity. They will also need a plastic spinner or a paperclip and pencil to make a spinner.
Students will spin the spinner and identify the number. They will use mini erasers or cubes to cover an addition or subtraction sentence that equals the number they spun. They will continue to play until all of the spaces on the mat have been covered.
You can download your copy of the Summer Spin and Solve by clicking here. In addition, if you’re looking for more summer activities for Kindergarten and freebies click here.