THE SMITHSONIAN SUMMER LEARNING ACTIVITY GUIDE (GRADES K-8)

Updated: Jul 13

The Smithsonian recently released The Smithsonian Summer Road Trip: a 40-page activity book filled with STEAM-learning activities, games and puzzles for students in grades K-8. All of the activities in the booklet do not require technology, and can be easily done at home or outdoors with common household items.


The guide is free to download for anyone ready to laugh, learn, and play! Click this link to download: https://learninglab.si.edu/collections/summer-road-trip-a-smithsonian-at-home-activity-guide/QRGWnLMzyJPmD0cS#r/1217277



ACTIVITIES IN THE SMITHSONIAN ACTIVITY GUIDE

These are only a few activities included in the Summer Road Trip Activity Guide:

  • Build and fly your own biplane made out of cardboard

  • Make your own Japanese Taiko Drum

  • Create binoculars out of recycled materials

  • Make art with flowers from your garden

  • Cook up a famous dish from New Orleans

  • Write a 7-line poem (called a diamonte) about the night sky


A RETURN TO STEAM-LEARNING WITHOUT TECHNOLOGY


From the start of the pandemic in 2020, most schools across the US were forced to switch to digital learning. Students have had to learn, play and socialize all from behind computer and tablet screens.


So, The Smithsonian released the Summer Road Trip guide to give kids a break from screens, and get them learning and playing with their hands, both inside and on the road!


All of the fun hands-on activities in the guide do not require technology. All you need are some common household items and curiosity! Some activities can be done at home, while others have kids explore the outdoors and different art, science and music events.


So instead of getting stuck behind another computer this summer, get busy learning and playing with your hands, and head outside for an adventure!


MORE SUMMER STEAM-LEARNING FUN!

We at IDEA Collective are always looking for fun ways to get kids engaged and having fun through hands-on activities. For more STEAM activity ideas, check out our blog! We have tons of fun summer activities that get the whole family engaged while having fun!

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