The last day of school is quickly approaching! As exciting as it is, the last day of school can be tough to plan for as a teacher in my opinion. The day always seems to crawl by… Kids are wired, teachers are tired, all of the books and school supplies have been packed away or sent home for the summer… There is literally nothing to do all day! My mom always says that she thinks no one should know ahead of time when the last day of school is going to be in order to avoid the unbearableness of the last day of school. Instead, the principal should just come on the speaker at the end of the day and tell people not to come back anymore for the year!
However, since this isn’t exactly practical, I like to spend the last day of school making summer activity bags. Each kid gets a bag to decorate. I collect a bunch of things kids can use for summer fun and learning (summer reading logs, little notebooks for writing or drawing, plastic magnifying glasses, crayons, pencils) and add them to the bags throughout the day. We also make things for the bags throughout the day (design bookmarks; color blank puzzles; decorate sun visors; and my personal favorite – make bug catchers by punching holes in plastic food storage containers, decorate them with bug stickers, and attach pipe cleaners for handles.)
These summer activity bags are a great way to kill time on the last day of school, and they provide some opportunities for summer fun and learning for the months ahead. Happy summer!