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Summer Activity Ideas for Kids

School is almost over, and I’m wondering how to keep my kids busy during the summer without spending a lot of money on activities.

Kids love hands-on activities, so gardening and cooking are great ways for children to have fun and sharpen their math, science and reading skills during summer months. They might learn new vocabulary words as they “blend” and “cream” ingredients in a bowl. They may sharpen their math skills when they double or halve recipes. They can learn how to make salsa and salads from the foods they helped grow. For more information, see “Meals with Help from Kids” at

Explore the videos and recipes on the “Eat Smart. Play Hard. Together” website:


Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

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