Summer Learning 2020

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summer learning activitiesFive Different Options for a Summer Full of Fun!

Each week we'll provide resources for you to complete a project and learn something new. Choose one track or do them all. Click on a category to go directly to that section.

Art - learn about art and artists, draw, make music, and spark your creativity with our art projects.

Code - complete these projects to learn about programming, science,  and technology.

Read - book lists, writing prompts, and games to keep your brain in shape.

Explore - get outside, get some exercise, and learn some new moves.

Make - from clever crafts to more techy creations, you'll find all kinds of interesting projects here.

Don't forget to sign up for the Summer Learning Challenge! Youth ages 0-18 who complete the challenge can enter to win a $1000 college scholarship! You can find logs here.


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Week 6
July 6-12: This week’s theme is Image and Motion! Learn about Pop Art, make an arcade game, comic book, or flip book, or paint with light: the choice is yours!

Pick one project or do them all: Art | Code | Read | Explore | Make

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Week 1: Create works of art to better understand color theory. Through hands-on experimentation, you will learn about warm colors, cool colors, tints and shades, complementary colors, and more. Please share your art with us after completing this packet!

Week 2: This week we’ll be working with tangrams! You’ll be making your own set and using them to recreate elements from paintings, and creating your own composition while looking at and learning about art from around the world. Get the workbook here.

Week 3: Like music, abstract art expresses feelings and emotions. Because of this, music was very important to the first abstract artists, who used colors and shapes to represent how music made them feel. To earn this week’s Art Badge, complete this music-inspired art project in the style of Wassily Kandinsky, who thought of his paintings as “visual music.”

Week 4: This week we’ll be looking for all kinds of life in still life paintings. If you thought these paintings were just pictures of flowers, think again! They’re absolutely crawling with life and full of action. Get your eyes ready; we’re going on a treasure hunt!

Week 5: Get your brushes ready; this week we’re learning how to make galaxy paintings! Download this guide for step by step instructions on how to make these popular paintings. You’ll get examples, tips, and resources to make sure you’ll make a painting you’ll love.

Week 6: Pop Art creates works of art out of popular, everyday things. The artist Robert Lichtenstein loved comic books, so he made his paintings look exactly like comic book panels! If you love comics and graphic novels, you will definitely want to learn more about him and try his simple method for turning an illustration into a work of art! Download this workbook to get started.


Week 1: Create pixel art with bites and bytes! This lesson from will take you through the basics of coding colors:

Interested in Javascript and P5j coding? Download this lesson to learn about coding shapes and colors. Inspired by the art of Josef Albers.

Week 2: Learn to code simple to complex shapes. This lesson from will take you through the basics of creating your own designs with code.

Interested in JavaScript and P5j coding? Download this lesson to learn about coding 3D shapes.

Week 3: Did you know that a song is a sequence of notes and that dance is a pattern of movements? This week, we’ll use those elements to code a Dance Party! - use pre-existing songs, characters, and dances.

Advanced option: customize everything from songs, characters, dances, and music!

  • Open Chrome Music Lab & follow along with Part One: creating Dance Party music 
  • Open Scratch & follow along with Part Two: coding dances and uploading sound (from Part One or using recordings made in this week’s Explore Adventure).

Week 4: Do you have what it takes to balance an ecosystem? Learn how plants, insects, and animals depend on one another to survive in this PBS Kids game, Jungle Jeopardy. Once you have the concept down, let’s move from the jungle to the ocean and code our own game about animal food chains! Follow along Raspberry Pi’s tutorial to create your own Deep Sea Sushi game via Scratch.

Week 5: Create a computer simulation of our solar system!

Control rovers, build a lunar habitat, design your own mission patch, and more with coding exercises by Tynker in collaboration with NASA.

Construct a virtual telescope inside a 3D game world and learn how scientists control robotic telescopes.

Week 6: Code your own arcade game! With Microsoft Makecode Arcade you can create all types of arcade games including spaceship side scrollers, sports games, racing, puzzles games and more. Makecode Arcade also has tutorials and lessons so you can learn from actual programmers.

Code a cartoon with Scratch!


Week 1: How do writers and illustrators use color to enhance the stories they tell? To earn this week's Read Badge, explore how color is used in storytelling by reading books that include different colors of the rainbow (download a rainbow log here) or by writing your own color-themed stories. Click here for a full list of reading activities and for links to our own recommended titles.

Week 2: Week 2 of the Summer Learning Challenge has us exploring shapes. What better time to have fun with concrete poetry? Use our book list for inspiration, then form words into shapes by creating your own concrete poems. Download this activity guide to get started!

Week 3: This week is all about sound! Challenge: read a book with an onomatopoeia in the title or read a book or graphic novel and keep a list of onomatopoeic words you find.

Don't forget music! In this handout, you can design and draw your own instrument. How do you play it? What does it look like?

This week’s lists are filled with books all about music and musicians.

For middle and high school students, see this handout for writing prompts and book recommendations.

Week 4: For this week's Read Badge, think like a scientist! Use this book list to explore the animal kingdom. Choose an animal to study, then record your findings in this research guide.

Use these book lists to explore the animal kingdom even further:
Informational Picture Books
True Stories of Inspiring Animals
Teen Nonfiction

Week 5: Read about astronauts, the International Space Station, planets, stars, galaxies, and more! Enjoy tons of activities from NASA, writing and drawing prompts to enhance learning and spark the imagination, reading lists and story times from space!

For kids
For young adults

Week 6: Comic books are a great way to develop literacy skills. In this week's READ workbook, you will make mini comics, plan and draw comic panels, create a new character to add to your favorite comic, and redesign a comic's cover art. 

Check out this worksheet for writing exercises and comic lists for young adults.


Week 1: Exercise your body and mind in this week's Color Observation Walk. Spend time outdoors with your family discussing and finding examples of color! Print this guide to bring with you or complete it when you're back at home. Save your work each week to piece together a journal of things you see, hear, or do outside this summer! 

Week 2: Exercise your body and mind in this week's Shape Treasure Hunt. Spend time outdoors with your family discussing and finding examples of shapes! Print this guide to bring with you or complete it when you're back at home. Save your work each week to piece together a journal of things you see, hear, or do outside this summer!

Week 3: Exercise your body and mind in this week's Found Music activity! Be outdoors with your family and find examples of sound. Either print this guide along with a recording device or complete it when you're back at home and note the things you heard. Your sounds can be used for the Code adventure this week. Save your work each week to piece together a journal of things you see, hear, or do outside this summer!

Week 4: Be outdoors with your family and find examples of animals to sketch using the ABCDEs of Scientific Sketching! Either print this guide to take along with you or complete it when you're back at home. Take a virtual field trip to observe and sketch animals that might not be in your neighborhood. Save your work each week to piece together a journal of things you see, hear, or do outside this summer!

Week 5: There’s lots to do outside on a summer night, and there’s so much to see in the summer sky. Why not take a night stroll and go stargazing this week? With this helpful guide, you can find all the brightest constellations and planets that are visible right now!

Week 6: Light Painting is fun to try outdoors at night or indoors within a dark room that captures the motion of light! Grab a *light source, camera with slow shutter settings, and a friend to complete this week’s activity provided by the Exploratorium.

Try these shape techniques from Eric Pare or create a DIY Light Tube for great pictures!

*Light source examples: flashlight, light up toy (lightsaber), LED finger toys, bike light, or a smart phone with screen brightness on high and your choice of colored background.


Week 1: If you like creative, hands-on activities, explore color theory with this week's Make Adventure! Create a 3-D color wheel by crafting a circular weaving loom that showcases all the colors of the rainbow. Download printable instructions here, or view these video tutorials: 

Color Wheel Weaving

Weave a Rainbow (advanced option)

Week 2: We’re making polygon decorations this week! Learn how to turn simple triangles into three dimensional sculpture that you can hang on your wall, make a picture frame with, or arrange however you like. 

Week 3: Did you know that you can make musical instruments using everyday items? Learn about different musical instruments, then try making your own music with your own homemade instrument. Start with traditional concert music, then be inspired to explore different types of instruments from around the world!

Week 4: Make simple dog bookmarks using limited supplies! Don't want to make a dog? That's fine! Watch the first half of the video to learn how to fold a basic bookmark and then make your own design. It can be a different animal or anything you want. 

Week 5: This week’s Make Adventure is an activity provided by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab where we will construct soda straw rockets! Download your rocket template & launch data analysis sheet. After your rocket launching experiments, watch this video to learn about sound rockets being used today.

Week 6: Make an awesome flipbook using only paper, markers, and a binder clip! Learn about the process of simulating motion by creating a series of images and compiling them in sequence. Don't forget to share your flipbooks with us on Instagram @ssflibrary.