Your Complete Summer Reading List is Here!

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The biggest summertime challenge of parenthood is how to balance out the summer fun while avoiding any brain drain. As we come off the weirdest school year in history, our kids’ focus on devices for learning, socializing, and playing have rocked the worlds of us parents…particularly ones like myself who pride themselves on the classics of unplugged fun: crafting, cooking, and especially reading.  

As the summer progresses, our world is feeling like it’s getting a bit closer to normal, and let me tell you, a subscription to The Week Junior for your 8-to-14-year-old kids will most definitely help you with that. Issue 63 is a treasure…one to hold onto for its amazing feature: ‘Best Kids’ Books for Summer.’ It’s a thoroughly curated list of exciting new books, classic books, and books of all genres for kids ages 8-14. Click this link to find the book list and for a chance to win a free bundle of books!

Oliver and Sommer LOVE getting their weekly issue of The Week Junior in the mail…Sommer immediately flips to the fun stuff in the back and Oliver goes directly to the science section. (And, to be honest, I like to read the politics and world news because I love the simplified version!) Also, when there’s a topic that feels hard to explain on their level, it serves as a great reference point. And for the summer, the ‘Best Kids’ Books for Summer’ feature really helps narrow the massive world of books for tweens. 

I was so excited when The Week Junior asked me to come up with some summer-inspired crafts for their summer marketing campaign! Check ‘em out below and use the templates and how-to instructions to make your own! 

And, whatever you do, don’t forget to click here for your own subscription to The Week Junior!

paper popsicle craft project


What you’ll need: 

  • Colorful craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Tongue depressors
  • Glue or glue dots
  • Bugle beads (optional)


Make it:

  1. Print and cut out the template for the popsicle and trace onto colorful craft paper. 
  2. Decide which design you want to make and cut the layers. Use the template to trace onto various colors of craft paper and cut them out from the full popsicle shape.
  3. Glue each layer together. (Glue the bugle beads on as sprinkles: optional)
  4. Glue a popsicle stick to the back.


Bonus idea: Tape a string to the backs of each popsicle and make a summery garland!

diy felt pennants


What you’ll need:

  • Felt in various colors
  • Tacky glue
  • Scissors
  • ¼” dowels
  • Straight pins


Make it: 

  1. Print out word templates and pin them to a piece of felt.
  2. Cut out the letters.
  3. Place the letters on another piece of felt and cut the pennant shape around them.
  4. Glue the letters to the pennant.
  5. Cut a ¾” strip of a third color of felt and glue along the straight left edge. Trim the top and bottom to match the angle of the pennant.
  6. Cut four 2” strips and glue behind the straight, left edge.
  7. Glue the dowel behind the pennant and allow everything to dry completely.


origami ocean craft beach scene fish water


What you’ll need:

  • Brown grocery bag
  • Scissors
  • Colorful craft paper
  • Skewer
  • Blue paint
  • Large paper (16×20 inches)
  • Paint brush
  • Origami paper
  • Upcycled manilla envelope


Make it:


  1. Cut a 9×12” piece of your grocery bag.
  2. Follow these instructions to fold your boat. 
  3. Trim your skewer to 8” tall. Poke skewer up through the bottom of the boat, through the middle point.
  4. Print out the sail template and stack with craft paper. Cut out the templates and poke holes using the skewer on the top and bottom points of the sail.
  5. Slip the sails over the skewer in this order: bottom of large sail, bottom of small sail, top of small sail, top of large sail.



  1. Paint two pieces of paper blue. Let it dry.
  2. Rip one piece of paper into strips, making waves as you rip.
  3. Tape the strips over the solid blue paper.
  4. Cut a wavy edge along the top of a manilla envelope to use as the beach.


You can also make small fish by following this origami tutorial.

This post was sponsored by The Week Junior

July 1, 2021| ad, Everyday Crafts, Older Elementary, Summer, Tween to Teen