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Take the Summer of Reading challenge!

Read three books this summer and tell us what you think of them. You’ll experience the magic of reading—plus be entered to win a bundle of books from children’s publishers. Join the fun!


Start a yoga practice at home

The ancient practice of yoga is great exercise, but it’s also a wonderful way to calm your mind. And it’s easy to get started! Here’s what you need to know and how to begin.


Go fishing this summer

Have some fun with this relaxing outdoor activity, and learn patience as you wait for a little swimmer to bite. You just might get hooked!


Make an animal bookmark

Brighten up every book with a handmade bookmark. You can craft a cat or dog, a bunny with pointy ears, or even a sloth hanging on a tree.


Stay healthy workout

Even if you’re not playing sports this summer, you can stay fit with this series of moves. See how many rounds you can do in 20 minutes.

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Start a book club

The only thing that makes reading more fun is doing it with friends! You can also form a family book club with loved ones near and far.

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Make berry yogurt ice pops

These refreshing and healthy frozen treats are easy to make. Learn how from a teenage chef.

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Five ways to make walking more fun

Walking is a great exercise that can be done anywhere, and it’s proven to boost mood and creativity. Here are five ways to make it more fun—and challenging.


Go bird watching

This classic pastime is more popular than ever. Give it a try to see why, and learn to spot birds right outside your own window.


Make sand to play with at home

Combine two simple ingredients, and you’ll be patting and molding sandcastles and other creations in no time.


Get a full workout in just 20 minutes

These five simple moves add up to one great fitness routine.

Keep fit workout

Grow an herb garden

Herbs are more than just pretty plants. They’re also a delicious addition to many dishes.

Grow an herb garden

Whip up a batch of chia pudding

It’s tasty, healthy, and easy to make. What’s not to love?

Make chia pudding

Take the eight-minute fitness challenge

Set a goal—and a timer—and race to beat the clock as you exercise. You’ll get a full workout in just a few short minutes.


Create a time capsule

Gather objects that represent your life today, store them away, and rediscover them later. Here’s how to get started.


Whip up a batch of guacamole

Using this recipe written by a teen, you can smash and season your way to a tasty snack in no time.


Be healthy workout

Stay active at home with a quick series of moves that will get your heart pumping. No special equipment required!


Be a great pen pal

Swapping stories with a faraway friend can be a fun hobby. And you'll find out how it feels to wait by the mailbox, excited to receive an actual letter!


Make your own face planter

Gather supplies from around the house and start planning a silly or smiling face to hold your plants.


Four games to play with a Frisbee

There’s so much you can do with these flexible discs! Just grab one, head outside, and try one of these ideas.


Make chicken ranch wraps

The recipe for these tasty sandwiches was written by a teenager! You can buy ranch dressing or follow the easy recipe to make your own.


Start a collection

Collections are a way to express yourself, show interest in something you care about, remember special places you’ve visited, and make your space feel like “you.” Here’s how to get started.


Stay active workout

This series of simple moves will help you keep fit at home, and all it takes is 25 minutes.


Take a nature walk

Take in the sights and sounds of the world around you! We have tips on what to do on the walk—and how to use your treasures once you return home.


Make a greeting card

Gather a few supplies from around the house to craft these special greetings. They’ll bring a smile to anyone’s face.


Create your own dance workout

Get your body moving and your heart rate up by putting together your own dance routine. Pick the music, try out your moves, and have fun.


Grow a container garden

From playing in the dirt to watching seeds sprout, gardening is a great way to get outside right now. No yard required: All you need is a porch, front step, or patio.


Make stovetop mac and cheese

This easy, cheesy, delicious recipe was created by a 13-year-old chef and cookbook author. You'll be eating in no time.


Five games to play on a bicycle

Riding your bike is a great way to get outside and exercise. Switch things up with these ideas you can try on your own or with your family.

Bicycle Activities

Calm your mind

Meditation is a way to take deep breaths to relax. Just find a quiet place and follow our easy steps. 


Create your own marble game

It's easy with a little creativity and cardboard tubes, paper plates, and other materials you have around the house.

Marble Game

Stay fit workout

Have fun and stay healthy at home with these easy moves. No special equipment necessary!

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Stargaze in the night sky

To see something out of this world, just look up! We have tips on how to spot planets, stars, and more.

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Make pancake squares

Try our easy recipe that makes delicious pancakes in a sheet pan. Have some now and freeze some for later.

Issue 6 Pancakes

Four fun chalk games to try

Chalk games are an easy, fun way to get active and creative. All you need for these games are chalk and some sidewalk or driveway space.


Write a poem

Award-winning poet and novelist Kwame Alexander shares his advice on how to write poetry that's meaningful to you.

Write a poem

Create an indoor garden

A terrarium is fun to make with a reused pasta jar. Follow our easy instructions and watch it grow.


Stay strong workout

Keep active at home with these simple moves. You can do the workout anytime—no equipment needed.


Create kindness rocks

A little kindness goes a long way. Making these rocks is a fun activity that can spread cheer.


Make a berry smoothie

Whipping up a smoothie is easy and delicious. Try our recipe for a strawberry smoothie with a surprise ingredient.


Keep a journal

Writing down your thoughts can help you get to know yourself better. Here are some easy ways to get started.


Make cardboard animals

These colorful cardboard animals are a simple and fun way to decorate your desk or bookshelf. How creative can you be?

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Apps to keep you active at home

To stay healthy and fit while you’re at home, try these apps and videos. They can be done inside or out.

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Make egg muffins

This recipe is like making omelettes you can hold in your hand. Just grab a muffin pan and get started.

egg muffins

Fun tours to take from home

Museums, zoos, and historical sites are open online so you can see amazing art and important places. Plus: live animal cams of polar bears, pandas, and gorillas!

tours from home

Five outdoor activities 

Check out these five outdoor activities to keep you moving! They can all be done in your yard or at a park. 

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Talk to your grandparents

Find out what their lives were like when they were kids! We’ve got suggestions for what to ask and how to stay in touch with calls, video, and email.

talk to your grandparents

Draw a cartoon of yourself

Award-winning illustrator Jerry Craft (author of New Kid) shares tips, tricks, and advice to help you draw a cartoon character who looks like you.

how to draw

Make rainbow pizza

With tomatoes, peppers, corn, and other veggies, it’s easy (and delicious!) to make a pizza in the colors of the rainbow.

rainbow pizza