With the virtual school year coming to an end what summertime fun are you and your family looking forward to? Outdoor exploring, trying out new recipes, a marathon of just-can’t-put-it-down books. Check out our list of activities, crafts and resources for you and your little ones this summer!

Cook up something new!

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Looking to make some new Sunday morning traditions with your family? Cooking with your child is a great way to explore math and science. Try this pancake recipe from Curious George for a delicious and scientific breakfast treat. Chemistry never tasted so good!

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How about a sweet treat for the adults in your household too? Get the recipe for these easy Cashew Chocolate Fudgesicles from PBS Food. They’re so good even the kids will want a bite (if they aren’t all gone by then)!

Take a mindfulness break

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Practicing mindfulness is a great way to re-center, reduce anxiety and supports emotional health in children. Check out our article, Take the Time to Practice Mindfulness with Your Kids, for some calming ways to integrate mindfulness into your child’s routine.

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We know…. easier said than done. Try creating a mindful morning routine – a few deep breaths while you sip your coffee or tea, adding to a gratitude list, stretch your body. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but an intentional routine can help set the tone for your day.

Sprout some fun in the garden

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STEM projects aren’t just for the laboratory! Gardening is a great way to learn about scientific principles in the real-world that your kids will love. Check out this nature scavenger hunt from Cyberchase to learn all about finding patterns in nature, or plant and track the growth of your own herb garden from Nature Cat.

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Try your hand at home composting! Turn kitchen and yard waste into the super soil you need to keep any good garden growing. Watch this Modern Gardener segment, featuring James Loomis of Wasatch Community Gardens in Salt Lake City, Utah, for a practical guide to composting.

Kick back with a good book

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With the long, hot days of summer approaching plan to take an indoor break with these tail-wagging good books from the Dog Tales for the Dog Days of Summer list on PBS Parents. You and your kids will discover all kinds of dogs in these recommended tales!

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To find your own new favorite read, check out this collection of top titles curated by the expert librarians at The New York Public Library. If you don’t have a library card yet, don’t worry! Even though web applications can’t be processed while the NYPL is closed, New York residents can get a library card through the SimplyE app to get access to all kinds of digital resources.

What summer goals are you setting with the family? Make a list with your child, giving them the opportunity to tell you what they are excited about in the coming summer months, and how they would like to experience it with you.