Although summer break just started a few weeks ago, it won’t be long before school begins again, so it’s important to keep kids’ brains active by setting goals for them while they’re on break.

To ensure kids have a fun…and productive…summer, sit down with your kids to choose goals they can meet and things they can accomplish during the summer break. Here are a few ideas:


Because it’s not only fun, but also important to their future, parents may want to start with setting a reading goal. Pick a couple of entertaining books kids want to read before the end of the summer break. The International Children’s Digital Library has thousands of books in multiple languages. Parents can spend time each day reading with their child to help them meet their reading goal.


There are blogging sites and platforms specifically for kids. Have your child commit to blogging a certain number of times per week, writing on anything that interests them. Parents should note that, while most blogging sites can be restricted, it’s always possible your child is exposed to content of which you don’t approve, so, as always, monitor your child’s online activities.

Community Service

It’s never too early to teach children the value of giving back to their community. There are lots of opportunities in Phoenix and Tucson for kids and their families to contribute by helping the homeless, the environment, the sick, seniors, and animals. Have your child choose one category or more in which they’d like to volunteer and spend a few hours each week helping them reach the goals they’ve set.

Current Events

Kids are often unsure and afraid because they hear ominous sounding news stories they don’t understand. Help your child feel more in control of their world by introducing them to news stories meant for kids. Suggest that your child spend a few minutes each day reading about what’s happening in the world around them.


Parents can introduce kids to the treasure hunt known as Geocaching. According to Search Logistics, geocaching continues in popularity, and is up 16.26% from last year. Simply download a free app, locate a geocache on your phone or tablet, navigate to its location, and share your experience. The adventure is in the finding, so the geocaches are usually left in place or replaced with a new item for others to find. The suggested rules of geocaching are simple, and kids will love seeing their find posted on the app. Encourage your child to set a goal of finding an agreed upon number of geocaches each week.

Container Gardening

Indoor gardening in containers is fun and easy. Kids love watching plants grow, and if they can eat what they grow, so much the better. Let your child choose the type of garden they’d like, and help them raise plants in cans, jars, bottles, or bowls.

It doesn’t matter what kids choose to do. The important thing is that they pick an activity, set a goal, and commit to reaching their goal before the end of summer. The structure and routine required to meet their goals will prepare them for the coming school year. Plus, the more goals they reach, the more rewarding and memorable their summer will be.