I’m definitely old school when it comes to summer. I think kids should ditch their devices and go outside. But on hot afternoons when the air conditioning beckons, here are a few of my favorite places for productive fun.

Make up a Story

Create and share your own story! Lots of props, scenes and ideas to get started and you can even upload your own photos. Also a great place to find new stories by other young writers. It’s free to use and share your work. Reasonable fees to publish or print. https://www.storyjumper.com/

Do some Science

SCIENCE WITH SOPHIE is a quirky but solid STEM show that targets girls, yet is engaging for all. With a cast of characters (all played by Sophie) viewers can explore the science of some unexpected everyday things.


Goof off with a Good Game

Remember playing “Telephone”? Telestrations adds drawing in the place of whispering but keeps all of the funny reinterpretation. With a fast learning curve this one is a likely winner for family gatherings or a fun afternoon for a group of kids from the neighborhood. It’s a cooperative game so the competition angle is dialed down. It’s appropriate for ages 8 and up and I also love that there is a Spanish language version, and you can also find a racier edition for adults.

Be Fearlessly You,