Summer Activities

Browse books and kits to facilitate summer fun, including outdoor skills, cooking, crafts, experiments, and more! Recommended by Kara.

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In the Car Activity Book: Includes puzzles, quizzes and drawing activities! Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780711256484
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Published: Wide Eyed Editions - May 25th, 2021

A fun-packed activity book filled with cars, buses, trucks, monster trucks, and so much more. 

This book is bursting with puzzles, quizzes, and drawing activities.


Mud Kitchen Crafts: 60 Awesome Ideas for Epic Outdoor Play Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781645672753
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Published: Page Street Publishing - May 25th, 2021

Stimulate your child’s senses—right in your own backyard!


Keeping a Nature Journal, 3rd Edition: Deepen Your Connection with the Natural World All Around You Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781635862287
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - May 25th, 2021

Originally published in 2000 with endorsements from E.O. Wilson and Jane Goodall, Clare Walker Leslie’s Keeping a Nature Journal was at the forefront of the nature observation and journaling movement.


Kate the Chemist: The Awesome Book of Edible Experiments for Kids Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593116197
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Published: Philomel Books - May 11th, 2021

25 incredible--and EDIBLE--science experiments to get kids excited about science!
 


Did you know that all cooking is really chemistry? And that chocolate chip cookies will look--and taste--completely different if you swap out baking powder for baking soda? Or swap out brown sugar for white sugar?


Home Ec for Everyone: Practical Life Skills in 118 Projects: Cooking · Sewing · Laundry & Clothing · Domestic Arts · Life Skills Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781523512379
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 27th, 2021

Did you remember your scissors?

Discover the tremendous pleasure of learning how to do it yourself how to cook, sew, clean, and more, the way it used to be taught in Home Ec class.


Shop Class for Everyone: Practical Life Skills in 83 Projects: Plumbing · Wood & Metalwork · Electrical · Mechanical · Domestic Repair Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781523512386
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 27th, 2021

Did you remember your goggles?

There used to be a time when pretty much every high school offered Shop class, where students learned to use a circular saw or rewire a busted lamp- all while discovering the satisfaction of being self-reliant and doing it yourself.


The Outdoor Scientist: The Wonder of Observing the Natural World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593115558
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Published: Philomel Books - April 6th, 2021

From New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned scientist and autism spokesperson Temple Grandin comes a book about exploring the world around us, asking questions, and making sense of what we see--with 40 fun outdoor activities that promote independent thinking, which kids can enjoy all year round!


Look and Learn Birds (PBS Kids #7) Cover Image
By PBS KIDS (Editor), Sarah Parvis
$19.99
ISBN: 9781941367292
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Published: Downtown Bookworks - August 30th, 2016

A simple, fun, fully-illustrated introduction to birds comes packaged with kid-friendly binoculars to encourage kids to explore the natural world around them.

The clear, easy-to-follow reference is designed for a young audience with large pictures and minimal text highlighting the most interesting things to notice about the most common birds in North America--ones that kids w


The Grow Your Own Giant Sequoia Kit: Plant the Biggest Tree in the World in Your Very Own Backyard! (Grow Your Own Series) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781646430758
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Published: Applesauce Press - April 13th, 2021

Plant and grow the tallest and biggest tree in the world in your very own backyard with The Grow Your Own Giant Sequoia Kit!

Sequoias are the biggest trees in the world. Now you can grow your own! Native to coastal California and the southwestern corner of Oregon the Giant Sequoia is an evergreen that can grow over 350 feet tall and up to 25 feet in diameter.


Kids in the Kitchen: More than 50 fun and easy recipes to suit your child's age and ability Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781849758581
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Published: CICO Books - July 11th, 2017

Let your kids make their own food with 50 fun recipes that will not only encourage future healthy eating habits but also develop motor skills, cognitive development and self-confidence plus you won’t have to cook!��

Let your kids make their own food with 50 fun recipes that will not only encourage future healthy eating habits but also develop motor skills, cognitive d


Don't Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book! (Pigeon series) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781423133100
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - October 2nd, 2012


The Pigeon really, really wants to finish this activity book! But that pesky Duckling keeps getting in the way. Oh, and there's someone new on the scene causing all kinds of problems....

Follow the Bus Driver's lead as you write, color, draw, create--even build an airport!--in this fun-filled book starring the Pigeon and YOU.


Outdoor School: Animal Watching: The Definitive Interactive Nature Guide Cover Image
By Mary Kay Carson, Emily Dahl (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250230836
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Published: Odd Dot - April 27th, 2021

Rewild your life with Odd Dot's series of Outdoor School activity books, perfect for young explorers and nature lovers!

With its metal corners and over 400 full-color, highly-illustrated pages by Emily Dahl, Mary Kay Carson's Outdoor School: Animal Watching is your indispensable guide to the wilderness.

Make every day an adventure with the included:


Outdoor School: Hiking and Camping: The Definitive Interactive Nature Guide Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250230843
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Published: Odd Dot - April 27th, 2021

Outdoor School: Hiking & Camping is your go-to wilderness guide from Odd Dot, featuring sturdy, metal corners and more than 400 full-color, highly-illustrated pages from Aliki Karkoulia.

Jennifer Pharr Davis and Haley Blevins help you rewild your life with:
- Immersive activities to get you exploring
- Write-in sections to journal about experiences


Unplugged Play: Preschool: 233 Activities & Games for Ages 3-5 Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781523510191
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - August 18th, 2020

Unplug Your Preschooler with more than 200 screen-free games and activities!

“Just plain fun!...


Unplugged Play: Grade School: 216 Activities & Games for Ages 6-10 Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781523510207
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - August 18th, 2020

Unplug your grade-schooler with 200 screen-free games and activities!

“A terrific prescription for much of what ails children and parents today.”––Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

From Fortune-Teller to Draw Me a Story, Spillin’ the Beans to Monkeyshines, here a


Create Your Own Secret Language: Invent Codes, Ciphers, Hidden Messages, and More Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250222329
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Published: Odd Dot - June 30th, 2020

Protect your diary from snooping siblings. Share your secrets with a BFF. Guard your texts from unwanted eyes. Create the lingua franca for your own fantastical secret world! Expert language creator David J. Peterson (inventor of languages for Game of Thrones, the Marvel Universe, and more) guides you as you create your own secret languages, codes, ciphers, and hidden messages.