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Summer Learning

Summer Learning is Child’s Play!

Summer is here and you want your child to continue learning even though it may be time for a vacation from school or child care. The Division of Early Learning’s Summer Learning Page will provide you with activities and resources to support your child’s learning as they continue exploring their world through play.

S​​unshine & Standards

Find playful activities and resources specifically for your child’s age and stage of development. The Division's Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards page for families lets you choose an activity that fits the daily routine or exciting new adventure to plan with your child today. Find a book, an activity, an app, a video or a new website to explore with your child that supports one of the standards they need to learn or practice. Select your child’s age and find all of the resources you need to help them learn throughout the summer on the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards Page for Families.

Helpful Resources

Just in Time Parenting is a resource for parents of children (prenatal-five year olds). If you subscribe, you will receive a monthly newsletter via email specific to your child’s age, with ideas on ways to play with your child to support their learning. 

Birth to 2 Years:

As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher and favorite playmate. Beginning at birth, your child looks to you for clues on navigating their environment and on knowing what skills and concepts are important for them to learn. Whether they are watching your face as you feed them or listening to your voice as you sing to them while changing their diaper, your baby is learning and exploring their world. As your child grows, play becomes more important. Many experts on child development refer to play as a child’s work. Babies and toddlers learn important skills and concepts through play.

Here are some resources to help your baby or toddler begin learning new concepts and skills as you play with them:

Let’s Talk about STEM is a resource from Zero to Three that will help you discover ways to support your child’s curiosity and learning through play. STEM skills help children to develop an understanding of science, technology, engineering and math. Children develop STEM skills beginning at birth through daily play, exploration, and interactions with you. These videos in English and Spanish help you understand the development of STEM skills in your baby or toddler.

So much of STEM learning is what young children already do quite naturally: Ask questions, be curious, play, wonder "What will happen if…," build and create, use tools to solve problems, and explore the people, things, and creatures in the world around them. Supporting STEM skills in the early years is really about nurturing your child’s curiosity and inborn drive to explore, learn and discover through play.

Six Benefits of Play

Caution: Children at Play

Power of Play: Building Skills and Having Fun (video)

A Year of Play (Find June, July and August suggested play activities)

Tips on Playing with Babies and Toddlers

Why Does Play Matter?

The Role of Play in Any Setting

3 to 5 Years

Your preschooler asks questions and wonders about everything in their world. When they learn new facts or new skills or discover something they think is amazing, they practice these skills through play. Encourage their play and find ways to interact with your child through play.  Use these resources to provide your child with playful activities that enhance their learning during the summer.

Playing with Words and Sounds

Promoting Family Literacy: Raising Ready Readers

Reading Adventure Family Activities for Summer

Summer Reading

Center for Early Literacy Learning’s Parent (Preschooler) Practice Guides

Florida Center for Reading Research Activities for Preschoolers

Early Literacy Tips – Florida Department of Education

Playing with Numbers, Shapes, Measurement and More

Dishing Up the Math

Taking Math Out for a Spin

Everyday Kitchen Math

Playdough Shape Fun

Five Children’s Books that Involve Shapes and Sorting

At Home Activity Cards for Sets and Sorting

Bedtime Math/ Mini Math App

Playing with Science

Science from Home, Academy of Natural Sciences Drexel University

Science at Home from PBS

Toys as Tools, Everyday Science Experiences

Doing Science Everyday

Message in a Backpack, Making at Home

Playing with Art and Music

Help Your Child Express Herself Through Music and Movement

Make Your Own Lucky Rock

Have a Dance Party

Make Storytime Stick Puppets 

Carmen’s World Orchestra

TP Roll Maracas

Support Math Readiness Through Music

Ready Freddy Calendars

June Ready Freddy Calendar

July Ready Freddy Calendar

Transition to Kindergarten

If your child will be attending kindergarten in the fall, check out the resources on the Transition to Kindergarten page.

Florida Department of Education’s Summer Resources

Florida Department of Education’s Summer Reading Activity Kit

Florida Department of Education’s Just Read, Families!