Child looking through picture books at the librarySummer brain drain, also called summer learning loss, is when kids lose some of their math or reading skills during summer break. Losing skills puts kids behind when they start school again. They can still relax and have fun while they practice their math, reading, writing, and science with these activities.  

  • Start a Summer Reading Challenge. Visit your local library to pick up books. Use stickers, small change, or trips to get ice cream as prizes. Ask your local librarians if they are doing summer reading groups or challenges too.
  • Do It Yourself Science Projects. Find at-home activities to teach your child about flight, weather, the stars, and more here.
  • Educational Videos and Games. Make screen time count. PBS Kids has a great selection of videos and games in English and Spanish.
  • Make Math Part of Everyday Life. Ask kids to calculate change, be the Banker during a game of monopoly, and figure out distance and travel time. There are also lots of free math games or printable activity sheets available online.