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Make Reading a Priority

Encourage reading by getting kids to keep track of the minutes they spend doing it. They can help set a world record by participating in Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge.

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Document Summer Explorations

Help kids participate in National Geographic Kids My Shot. My Shot is a moderated photo community for kids. Kids can share their photos and give/get photo tips. Kids can “go on assignment” by taking specific types of photos, such photos of things that made you take a double take.

Use STEM Skills

Help kids enroll in Maker Camp on Google+. It’s a free virtual summer camp that gives kids 30 days of projects and six “fieldtrips” via Google+ Hangouts.

Play Geography Games

Practice geography skills using quizzes from the National Geographic GeoBee.

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Visit a Botanical Garden

See how many different species of plants you can find. Do you notice any insects or animals pollinating the flowers? To find a garden or arboretum near your home, search the American Horticultural Society's garden directory.