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Week 3: Monday’s Summer Camp Activities

Week 3 Monday's Summer Camp - Art - Language Arts

This summer, your kids may have a lot of big feelings. Our DIY SEL Summer Camp is here to help! This three-week summer camp includes research-based activities that are modeled on our Second Step social-emotional learning (SEL) program and help your kids learn about science, social studies, math, and more. The activities also teach social-emotional skills that can help all kids ages 1–14 cope with big feelings and other challenges they may face. 

With age-appropriate instructions and easy-to-find household materials, these activities can help you and your family spend quality time together and keep your kids learning over the summer.


PreK

Painting in Pairs

SEL Skill: Problem-solving

What You’ll Need

Directions
Learning how to take turns will teach your child how to get along with others and work cooperatively with a partner or team. Using crayons, markers, or paint, take turns coloring the picture provided.

Have your child start first by coloring in section one, followed by you coloring in section two. Continue taking turns until the picture is completely colored in.


Kindergarten–Grade 1

Do-It-Yourself Problem-Solving Steps Poster

SEL Skill: Problem-solving

What You’ll Need

Directions
Help your child make their own Problem-Solving Steps Poster. Print the Do-It-Yourself Problem-Solving Steps Poster worksheet and have your child trace each letter: S, T, E, and P. As they’re tracing, read aloud each step. Identify a problem they’ve had and use the steps to help them find a solution.

Then, have your child color and decorate the poster with crayons and anything else they’d like to use. Once done, hang it in their room to use when problems arise.


Grades 2–3

Solving for Problems

SEL Skill: Problem-solving

What You’ll Need

Directions
Have your child pick a problem they encounter at home and solve it using the Problem-Solving Steps Poster.

Then, have them write down or describe to you a plan for implementing their chosen solution. Their plan should also include a description of how their solution addresses the wants or needs of their family members and how it will help improve their family as a whole.


Grades 4–5

Planning for Creativity

SEL Skill: Problem-solving

What You’ll Need

  • Paper and pencil

Directions
Have your child make a step-by-step plan for creating a piece of art. Be sure it’s something they can actually do at home. It could be a sculpture, a painting, a sketch, a multimedia show, a sewing project, and so on.

Their plan should include answers to these questions:

  • What materials do I need?
  • Where do I get all the materials?
  • How much time do I need to work on it?

Then, have them follow their plan to create the piece of art. What did they learn? Was there anything they forgot to include?


Middle School

Problem-Solving Skills on TV

SEL Skill: Problem-solving

What You’ll Need

Directions
Have your child watch an age-appropriate TV sitcom or drama. Using the Problem-Solving Steps Poster, ask them to identify a problem that happens in the show and rate the characters’ use of problem-solving skills on a scale from one to five (one is poor, five is excellent). Next, have your child brainstorm multiple options for how the show’s characters might solve the problem and decide on the best option.