Crafty Father’s Day activities for kids

This year, make Father’s Day extra special by getting the kids involved in crafting some handmade gifts for dad!

These fun and creative art projects are tailored to all types of fathers and father figures, ensuring there’s something for everyone. Whether your dad loves cooking, watching TV, or playing board games, we’ve got you covered with fantastic arts-and-crafts ideas from Education.com: 


For the dad who loves to cook

Design an apron for dad! By following the instructions for this Father’s Day Apron Craft, you can create a one-of-a-kind coverall that’s as unique as his culinary skills. 

Children will dip their hands into colorful fabric paint and press them into the apron, resulting in a personalized, wearable gift that dad will treasure for years to come. Whenever he’s in the kitchen or by the grill, this sweet memento will remind him of their love.

For the dad who likes solving puzzles

Test dad’s logic skills with a fun brain teaser! This Father’s Day Rebus Puzzle Activity will have kids create a collage of images to represent a sentence. Then, they’ll ask dad to decode the mystery phrase. 

This isn’t your typical Father’s Day card—it contains a secret message! Is dad up for the challenge? 

For the dad who plays lots of board games

Who needs Monopoly? Create your very own Father’s Day Trek board game at home by printing the game board and dice! 

Kids will enjoy having quality time with their fathers while playing this fun game interspersed with tricky hazards like rockslides and bears. First player to the top of the mountain wins! 

For the dad who appreciates a heartfelt card (or ten!)

From Informative Templates that guide them through the letter-writing process to a 3D Pop-Up Card featuring dad’s favorite outfit, we’ve got 10 unique cards to choose from! 

Each printable worksheet provides step-by-step instructions and inspiration for kids. By choosing a design and adding their own creative touches, children can create tailor-made keepsakes based on what their father likes best.

For the dad who’s always watching the news

On the eve of Father’s Day, instead of the 5 o’clock news, dad can watch an investigative newscast called “Why We Think You’re Such a Great Dad.” 

If your child’s a budding actor or news anchor, they’ll love getting in front of a camera to record a Special Broadcast, sharing their favorite memories, funny stories, and reasons why their father is the best. 

For the dad who loves a good biography (about himself!)

Illustrate dad’s life story using these All About My Dad and Celebrate Everyday Heroes sheets! These printables capture special memories of dad, as well as his defining characteristics. 

Your child will think deeply to answer questions like “What is something you admire about your father?” and “What is something important you learned from your father?” Then, they’ll use the included blank space to draw a portrait of him.

As a fun bonus activity, have everyone in the family complete a biography and share their responses with each other!

For the world’s best dad! 

Your child can celebrate their hero with this printable Father’s Day Certificate.

Color it in and fill it with personal drawings and messages like “Best Pancake Maker” or “World’s Greatest Storyteller.” 

This resource provides a simple yet meaningful way for children to show their appreciation for everything their father does. He will proudly display it on the fridge!


Looking for more crafts, activities, worksheets, and games? Scroll through the Education.com Learning Library of 37,000+ resources, and click the tabs on the left-hand side to select your child’s grade level and subject. 

Tips for accelerating summer learning

Summer is a time for relaxation, but it’s also an opportunity to keep young minds engaged and prevent summer learning loss! This phenomenon, also called the “summer slide,” has been studied since 1906 and often occurs during long breaks when students forget what they learned in the previous school year.

To help your child can put their best foot forward before they return to school, here are some practical ways to accelerate their learning during the warmer months:


1. Journal through the summer

Journaling is an excellent way for children and young adults to reflect on their experiences, practice writing, and develop important social-emotional skills. This summer, you can encourage your child to assemble a journal to document their adventures!

They’ll print, assemble, and bind this journal with staples or thread, and during the process, they’ll get excited about filling their special notebook with fun stories and thoughts. You can help provide structure by setting aside time for their daily writing, and you’ll inspire them to journal all summer long!


2. Guide reading using novel studies

Parents have all heard the dreaded phrase “I’m bored” during the summer. Next time your kids need an engaging activity, introduce them to an immersive reading experience with a novel study!

Novel studies are guided worksheet sets that provide pre- and post-reading questions, discussion questions, and bonus activities for every chapter of a book. Without the structure of a classroom, kids are still able to enhance comprehension skills, expand vocabulary, and ignite a love for reading right at home.

Explore all 10+ novel studies in the blog below, and try them out for your child’s summer reading:


3. Try fun, quick summer-themed worksheets

You don’t need to have an extensive at-home curriculum to beat summer learning loss. Just throw in a couple of simple, seasonal worksheets from time to time!

Use quirky puzzles like these Summer Hink Pink Riddles or our new Summer Spelling Practice Word Search Puzzle to challenge their brains and make them feel like they’re playing games while they learn. Plus, incorporate themed writing prompts or grammar worksheets—we have several sets of each so they can keep practicing all summer!


4. Enter the Summer STEM Challenge

Get ready—the Education.com Summer STEM Challenge starts at the end of June! PreK through 8th-grade learners will send in photos of their real-world science, technology, engineering, and math creations based on Education.com projects. As you enter the mid-summer lull, perk up your kids’ enthusiasm by having them try out one of these challenges and sending in a photo for a chance to win!

Prepare by reading the blog below, and get inspired by last year’s entries:


5. Get more ideas with Summer Boost!

While the Summer STEM Challenge hasn’t started yet, our Summer Boost campaign is in full swing. Each week throughout the summer, we’ll be adding a specially-curated list of activities that keep kids learning while on break. Click through to your child’s grade (Kindergarten through 8th), and make sure you check back each week as we release more fun summer-themed resources! 

Tips for accelerating summer learning

Summer is a time for relaxation, but it’s also an opportunity to keep young minds engaged and prevent summer learning loss! This phenomenon, also called the “summer slide,” has been studied since 1906 and often occurs during long breaks when students forget what they learned in the previous school year.

To help your child can put their best foot forward before they return to school, here are some practical ways to accelerate their learning during the warmer months:


1. Journal through the summer

Journaling is an excellent way for children and young adults to reflect on their experiences, practice writing, and develop important social-emotional skills. This summer, you can encourage your child to assemble a journal to document their adventures!

They’ll print, assemble, and bind this journal with staples or thread, and during the process, they’ll get excited about filling their special notebook with fun stories and thoughts. You can help provide structure by setting aside time for their daily writing, and you’ll inspire them to journal all summer long!


2. Guide reading using novel studies

Parents have all heard the dreaded phrase “I’m bored” during the summer. Next time your kids need an engaging activity, introduce them to an immersive reading experience with a novel study!

Novel studies are guided worksheet sets that provide pre- and post-reading questions, discussion questions, and bonus activities for every chapter of a book. Without the structure of a classroom, kids are still able to enhance comprehension skills, expand vocabulary, and ignite a love for reading right at home.

Explore all 10+ novel studies in the blog below, and try them out for your child’s summer reading:


3. Try fun, quick summer-themed worksheets

You don’t need to have an extensive at-home curriculum to beat summer learning loss. Just throw in a couple of simple, seasonal worksheets from time to time!

Use quirky puzzles like these Summer Hink Pink Riddles or our new Summer Spelling Practice Word Search Puzzle to challenge their brains and make them feel like they’re playing games while they learn. Plus, incorporate themed writing prompts or grammar worksheets—we have several sets of each so they can keep practicing all summer!


4. Enter the Summer STEM Challenge

Get ready—the Education.com Summer STEM Challenge starts at the end of June! PreK through 8th-grade learners will send in photos of their real-world science, technology, engineering, and math creations based on Education.com projects. As you enter the mid-summer lull, perk up your kids’ enthusiasm by having them try out one of these challenges and sending in a photo for a chance to win!

Prepare by reading the blog below, and get inspired by last year’s entries:


5. Get more ideas with Summer Boost!

While the Summer STEM Challenge hasn’t started yet, our Summer Boost campaign is in full swing. Each week throughout the summer, we’ll be adding a specially-curated list of activities that keep kids learning while on break. Click through to your child’s grade (Kindergarten through 8th), and make sure you check back each week as we release more fun summer-themed resources! 

In their own words: Students’ thank-you messages to teachers

This Teacher Appreciation Week, students wrote thank-you messages that we delivered right to teachers’ inboxes via specially-designed Education.com-themed e-cards!

Education.com families shared notes of appreciation with the teachers in their lives, all in the spirit of celebrating educators and the hard work they do throughout the year!

Read some of the heartwarming letters children sent to their teachers:


Messages from students to teachers

Here are some of the Education.com team’s favorite letters, displayed on our Brainzy-themed digital cards. We hope these make your day like they did our’s!

Austin thanked his Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Moore, for her math and reading support, while Sam lauded his teacher, Mrs. Jackson, for all the ways she makes learning fun—including bike rides and sensory sand! Plus, Natheniel recognized Ms. Hellebuyck for being the “best teacher” and shared that he loved practicing writing this year.

Dear Ms. Bugarin,

Thank you for being the nicest teacher I’ve had. Thank you for teaching me throughout the whole year of 2nd grade. I love how you are always smiley. Thank you for the goody bags. I hope my next teacher is as nice as you.

Dear Ms. Kiran,

Thank you for being such an excellent teacher! I like how you make learning so much fun. The stories you share in class are the best, and they help me understand things better. You are always kind and patient, even when I ask many questions. I appreciate how you make everyone feel welcome and happy in class. Thank you for everything you do for us. You’re the best!

Dear Ms. Virgin,

Thank you for being my teacher! I learned how to participate in enjoyable activities, share items, teach cursive writing, read, do math, science, social studies, and play games. You compel us to share everything. You are the best teacher I ever had!!


Messages from parents to teachers

Parents took the time to celebrate teachers, too!

Read on to see their inspiring messages of gratitude, from a parent who called their son’s teacher an “unbelievable guiding angel” to a parent who thanked an “unforgettable” teacher of several years for helping their son make tremendous strides in his communication skills:

Dear Ms. Rosa,
Thank you for being such an awesome teacher! I appreciate all you have done to help Adriana to be a successful student. Although this year was a little tough, you never gave up on Adri and you worked with me as well- which I’m beyond grateful for! Thank you so much!

Dear Ms. Goodman,

You have been teaching my son for some years now. We watched him grow from being nonverbal to “Ayden be quiet” now. You have seen him at his worst and how he is at home. There are no words that describes how grateful I am for having you as my son’s teacher for years! Thank you so much for everything we will never forget you.

Dear Mrs. Goree,

I wanted to take this time to say how much we appreciate you! You are such an inspiration in Iverson’s life and mine as well. You made him reach for stars he thought he could not reach or he would have never thought of if he did not have you by his side this year!! You have been this unbelievable guiding angel… Thank you for all you have done for him, even at times he may not appreciate you he does. Iverson speaks of you all time and and how much he has learned. I catch him off guard with that smile.


Bonus: Messages from teacher friends and family members

As a welcomed surprise, several letters came in from teachers thanking each other, as well as notes between family members and friends!

There was a note of love from Mr. Duncan to his wife, Mrs. Duncan, as well as words of encouragement from a mother to her daughter who is an educator. We even received a message from a school bus driver who noticed a stand-out teacher and took the time to show their appreciation!

Read their uplifting messages below:

Dear Gisele,

You are an amazing mentor, advocate, colleague, and friend. You do great things and always in style! I love our adventures. Happy Teacher’s Day 2024!

Dear Best Lead Teacher in the World,

Thank you for being the best and doing to most to ensure that all the kids and all things learning actually happen to students in your domain and under your leadership. Yes, the parents, students, other teachers and school officials appreciate your work, however it just makes a mom proud to know that your gifts and talent makes the world a better place. Thank you for being a ‘right now’ and future impact in the world of academic scholars in the beginning of their lives. I love you.

Dear Mr. Duncan,

I know you have had a hard year. But I wanted to tell you that you are a Great Teacher! I have always appreciated your interest in things like solar eclipses, meteor showers, trees, plants and birds. I like your cooking skills and that you are good at making things. I love your sense of humor too!

Dear Mrs. Smiley,

Thank you for everything you do for your students every day. I do not have a student in WCPS. I used to drive a bus and see you come out of the school and so many students want to hug you and talk to you. To me that shows a caring person to our future leaders. Thank you.


Thank you!

We’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who sent an Education.com thank-you e-Card to a teacher this year! Because of you, we were able to show appreciation to superstar educators in the Education.com community and beyond. Thank you for making this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week so memorable!


Looking for more Education.com fun? The school year may be over, but our Learning Library is still full of resources to make this summer educational and enjoyable!

See our 200+ summer worksheets, activities, and games:

In their own words: Students’ thank-you messages to teachers

This Teacher Appreciation Week, students wrote thank-you messages that we delivered right to teachers’ inboxes via specially-designed Education.com-themed e-cards!

Education.com families shared notes of appreciation with the teachers in their lives, all in the spirit of celebrating educators and the hard work they do throughout the year!

Read some of the heartwarming letters children sent to their teachers:


Messages from students to teachers

Here are some of the Education.com team’s favorite letters, displayed on our Brainzy-themed digital cards. We hope these make your day like they did our’s!

Austin thanked his Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Moore, for her math and reading support, while Sam lauded his teacher, Mrs. Jackson, for all the ways she makes learning fun—including bike rides and sensory sand! Plus, Natheniel recognized Ms. Hellebuyck for being the “best teacher” and shared that he loved practicing writing this year.

Dear Ms. Bugarin,

Thank you for being the nicest teacher I’ve had. Thank you for teaching me throughout the whole year of 2nd grade. I love how you are always smiley. Thank you for the goody bags. I hope my next teacher is as nice as you.

Dear Ms. Kiran,

Thank you for being such an excellent teacher! I like how you make learning so much fun. The stories you share in class are the best, and they help me understand things better. You are always kind and patient, even when I ask many questions. I appreciate how you make everyone feel welcome and happy in class. Thank you for everything you do for us. You’re the best!

Dear Ms. Virgin,

Thank you for being my teacher! I learned how to participate in enjoyable activities, share items, teach cursive writing, read, do math, science, social studies, and play games. You compel us to share everything. You are the best teacher I ever had!!


Messages from parents to teachers

Parents took the time to celebrate teachers, too!

Read on to see their inspiring messages of gratitude, from a parent who called their son’s teacher an “unbelievable guiding angel” to a parent who thanked an “unforgettable” teacher of several years for helping their son make tremendous strides in his communication skills:

Dear Ms. Rosa,
Thank you for being such an awesome teacher! I appreciate all you have done to help Adriana to be a successful student. Although this year was a little tough, you never gave up on Adri and you worked with me as well- which I’m beyond grateful for! Thank you so much!

Dear Ms. Goodman,

You have been teaching my son for some years now. We watched him grow from being nonverbal to “Ayden be quiet” now. You have seen him at his worst and how he is at home. There are no words that describes how grateful I am for having you as my son’s teacher for years! Thank you so much for everything we will never forget you.

Dear Mrs. Goree,

I wanted to take this time to say how much we appreciate you! You are such an inspiration in Iverson’s life and mine as well. You made him reach for stars he thought he could not reach or he would have never thought of if he did not have you by his side this year!! You have been this unbelievable guiding angel… Thank you for all you have done for him, even at times he may not appreciate you he does. Iverson speaks of you all time and and how much he has learned. I catch him off guard with that smile.


Bonus: Messages from teacher friends and family members

As a welcomed surprise, several letters came in from teachers thanking each other, as well as notes between family members and friends!

There was a note of love from Mr. Duncan to his wife, Mrs. Duncan, as well as words of encouragement from a mother to her daughter who is an educator. We even received a message from a school bus driver who noticed a stand-out teacher and took the time to show their appreciation!

Read their uplifting messages below:

Dear Gisele,

You are an amazing mentor, advocate, colleague, and friend. You do great things and always in style! I love our adventures. Happy Teacher’s Day 2024!

Dear Best Lead Teacher in the World,

Thank you for being the best and doing to most to ensure that all the kids and all things learning actually happen to students in your domain and under your leadership. Yes, the parents, students, other teachers and school officials appreciate your work, however it just makes a mom proud to know that your gifts and talent makes the world a better place. Thank you for being a ‘right now’ and future impact in the world of academic scholars in the beginning of their lives. I love you.

Dear Mr. Duncan,

I know you have had a hard year. But I wanted to tell you that you are a Great Teacher! I have always appreciated your interest in things like solar eclipses, meteor showers, trees, plants and birds. I like your cooking skills and that you are good at making things. I love your sense of humor too!

Dear Mrs. Smiley,

Thank you for everything you do for your students every day. I do not have a student in WCPS. I used to drive a bus and see you come out of the school and so many students want to hug you and talk to you. To me that shows a caring person to our future leaders. Thank you.


Thank you!

We’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who sent an Education.com thank-you e-Card to a teacher this year! Because of you, we were able to show appreciation to superstar educators in the Education.com community and beyond. Thank you for making this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week so memorable!


Looking for more Education.com fun? The school year may be over, but our Learning Library is still full of resources to make this summer educational and enjoyable!

See our 200+ summer worksheets, activities, and games:

Kid-friendly American Sign Language worksheets for beginners

American Sign Language (ASL) is a valuable language for children to learn. A powerful tool for communication, ASL can foster inclusivity and understanding, teaching kids important social-emotional skills early-on. Today, many parents introduce ASL to their children as a way to broaden their perspectives on diversity and accessibility.

In this blog, we’ll explore introductory ASL worksheets and activities designed specifically for young learners! Parents can use these engaging resources to help their kids practice the basics of ASL:


ASL flash cards

Introduce children to basic sign language lettering with this set of ASL flash cards!

These simple print-and-cut cards feature the letters of the alphabet and the numbers one through ten, along with their corresponding ASL signs. Use them as part of a structured lesson at home, or incorporate them on the go during car rides or while waiting in line.

Make memorization a game by encouraging your child to match each ASL sign to its corresponding flashcard!


ASL finger spelling practice sheets

Once your child has mastered the basics of ASL letters and signs, they can move on to more advanced applications of this skill!

The Education.com Learning Library has a vast collection of 14 finger spelling practice sheets that are engaging and interactive. These worksheets will challenge kids to decode each letter to reveal a famous quote, with intriguing themes like “Divine Dreams,” “Attitude is Everything,” and “The Way to Success.”

With consistent practice, your child will become fluent in ASL finger spelling in no time!


ASL “I Love You” crafts

The ASL sign for “I Love You” is a simple yet powerful gesture that conveys love and affection. Encourage creativity by making ASL “I Love You” crafts with your child.

You can create a warm greeting card that features the iconic symbol or assemble a wearable hair band to display your love! As you craft, discuss the significance of the “I Love You” sign in ASL and its universal message of connection and acceptance.


Sign language thank-you card

Print this colorful card to help your child say “thank you” in a unique way!

They can use the extra space to write a personalized message and make it their own using unique colors and decorations. Encourage them to gift the card to someone special in their lives like a friend, family member, teachers, or anyone who deserves a token of appreciation.


Science project: The effect of repetition in sign language acquisition

If your learner would like to go above and beyond, share this science project idea with them!

They’ll be challenged to design an experiment where they explore ASL acquisition in a young child, using repeated exposure of specific ASL signs over time and measuring the child’s ability to recognize and reproduce those signs. They’ll document their findings by graphing data, learning essential math, science, and psychology skills along the way.

You can foster a deeper understanding of language acquisition and development with this unique project!


By incorporating ASL into your child’s learning routine, you can equip them with valuable communication skills and instill in them a sense of empathy and inclusion. Download your worksheets, and embark on an exciting journey into the vibrant world of ASL together!

Looking for additional worksheets? The Education.com Learning Library has 37,000+ resources for math, reading, writing, social-emotional learning, and much more! Explore the full library here: 

Kid-friendly American Sign Language worksheets for beginners

American Sign Language (ASL) is a valuable language for children to learn. A powerful tool for communication, ASL can foster inclusivity and understanding, teaching kids important social-emotional skills early-on. Today, many parents introduce ASL to their children as a way to broaden their perspectives on diversity and accessibility.

In this blog, we’ll explore introductory ASL worksheets and activities designed specifically for young learners! Parents can use these engaging resources to help their kids practice the basics of ASL:


ASL flash cards

Introduce children to basic sign language lettering with this set of ASL flash cards!

These simple print-and-cut cards feature the letters of the alphabet and the numbers one through ten, along with their corresponding ASL signs. Use them as part of a structured lesson at home, or incorporate them on the go during car rides or while waiting in line.

Make memorization a game by encouraging your child to match each ASL sign to its corresponding flashcard!


ASL finger spelling practice sheets

Once your child has mastered the basics of ASL letters and signs, they can move on to more advanced applications of this skill!

The Education.com Learning Library has a vast collection of 14 finger spelling practice sheets that are engaging and interactive. These worksheets will challenge kids to decode each letter to reveal a famous quote, with intriguing themes like “Divine Dreams,” “Attitude is Everything,” and “The Way to Success.”

With consistent practice, your child will become fluent in ASL finger spelling in no time!


ASL “I Love You” crafts

The ASL sign for “I Love You” is a simple yet powerful gesture that conveys love and affection. Encourage creativity by making ASL “I Love You” crafts with your child.

You can create a warm greeting card that features the iconic symbol or assemble a wearable hair band to display your love! As you craft, discuss the significance of the “I Love You” sign in ASL and its universal message of connection and acceptance.


Sign language thank-you card

Print this colorful card to help your child say “thank you” in a unique way!

They can use the extra space to write a personalized message and make it their own using unique colors and decorations. Encourage them to gift the card to someone special in their lives like a friend, family member, teachers, or anyone who deserves a token of appreciation.


Science project: The effect of repetition in sign language acquisition

If your learner would like to go above and beyond, share this science project idea with them!

They’ll be challenged to design an experiment where they explore ASL acquisition in a young child, using repeated exposure of specific ASL signs over time and measuring the child’s ability to recognize and reproduce those signs. They’ll document their findings by graphing data, learning essential math, science, and psychology skills along the way.

You can foster a deeper understanding of language acquisition and development with this unique project!


By incorporating ASL into your child’s learning routine, you can equip them with valuable communication skills and instill in them a sense of empathy and inclusion. Download your worksheets, and embark on an exciting journey into the vibrant world of ASL together!

Looking for additional worksheets? The Education.com Learning Library has 37,000+ resources for math, reading, writing, social-emotional learning, and much more! Explore the full library here: 

End-of-year escape: Easy brain breaks for teachers to use after testing season

As the school year winds down, students and teachers alike feel the weight of testing season lift from their shoulders. After weeks of intense review and preparation, it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief and welcome the end of the school year with fun games and activities for grades PreK through 8th.

Teachers, round out the year with these entertaining, summer-themed mazes, puzzles, and pictographs:

How to use these brain breaks

It’s easy to integrate these brain breaks into your end-of-year routine. Use them during transition times, such as after completing a long activity or before beginning a new assignment.

Alternatively, you can incorporate them into a themed end-of-year celebration, complete with summer-themed decorations and foods. Remember to keep the atmosphere light and relaxed, allowing students to enjoy these activities without feeling the pressure of testing season.

Add depth and creativity to writing using short figurative language puzzles! Education.com offers a trio of summer-themed figurative language mazes focusing on similes, hyperboles, and metaphors.

A refreshing change of pace from traditional worksheets, these funky mazes are a great way to engage students in grammar practice while embracing a spirit of fun:

Summer analogies worksheet

Analogies are a great way to challenge students’ critical thinking skills and help them understand the relationships between words.

Created for seventh- and eighth-grade learners, this seasonal printable invites students to select a series of analogies based on summer vocabulary to help improve their grammar skills.

Summer Analogies Worksheet

Pictographs: A creative way to visualize data

What’s the buzz about pictographs? These visual worksheets are a fantastic way to introduce students to data analysis with a creative twist. By representing data using pictures and symbols, pictographs change data analysis from something that’s daunting to a fun, accessible activity.

To incorporate pictographs into your brain breaks, consider using our collection of summer-themed worksheets:

Math skip counting mazes

These second-grade skip counting mazes are your ticket to generating endless excitement about math!

Skip counting lays a solid foundation for multiplication and division, making it an essential skill for students to master as they enter third grade next fall. Give them a head-start in a visual, entertaining way with this brand new set of 20 skip counting practice sheets:

Skip Counting Mazes (Set of 20)

With the end of the year fast-approaching, you can use these offline games and puzzles to ease students back into a more relaxed mindset after testing season!

For more PreK-8th grade worksheets, activities, and games, check out the full Education.com Learning Library of 37,000+ resources.

End-of-year escape: Easy brain breaks for teachers to use after testing season

As the school year winds down, students and teachers alike feel the weight of testing season lift from their shoulders. After weeks of intense review and preparation, it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief and welcome the end of the school year with fun games and activities for grades PreK through 8th.

Teachers, round out the year with these entertaining, summer-themed mazes, puzzles, and pictographs:

How to use these brain breaks

It’s easy to integrate these brain breaks into your end-of-year routine. Use them during transition times, such as after completing a long activity or before beginning a new assignment.

Alternatively, you can incorporate them into a themed end-of-year celebration, complete with summer-themed decorations and foods. Remember to keep the atmosphere light and relaxed, allowing students to enjoy these activities without feeling the pressure of testing season.

Add depth and creativity to writing using short figurative language puzzles! Education.com offers a trio of summer-themed figurative language mazes focusing on similes, hyperboles, and metaphors.

A refreshing change of pace from traditional worksheets, these funky mazes are a great way to engage students in grammar practice while embracing a spirit of fun:

Summer analogies worksheet

Analogies are a great way to challenge students’ critical thinking skills and help them understand the relationships between words.

Created for seventh- and eighth-grade learners, this seasonal printable invites students to select a series of analogies based on summer vocabulary to help improve their grammar skills.

Summer Analogies Worksheet

Pictographs: A creative way to visualize data

What’s the buzz about pictographs? These visual worksheets are a fantastic way to introduce students to data analysis with a creative twist. By representing data using pictures and symbols, pictographs change data analysis from something that’s daunting to a fun, accessible activity.

To incorporate pictographs into your brain breaks, consider using our collection of summer-themed worksheets:

Math skip counting mazes

These second-grade skip counting mazes are your ticket to generating endless excitement about math!

Skip counting lays a solid foundation for multiplication and division, making it an essential skill for students to master as they enter third grade next fall. Give them a head-start in a visual, entertaining way with this brand new set of 20 skip counting practice sheets:

Skip Counting Mazes (Set of 20)

With the end of the year fast-approaching, you can use these offline games and puzzles to ease students back into a more relaxed mindset after testing season!

For more PreK-8th grade worksheets, activities, and games, check out the full Education.com Learning Library of 37,000+ resources.

Not another mug: A round-up of gift ideas for teachers!

This Teacher Appreciation Week, give teachers what they really want—not another “Best Teacher” mug!

Education.com is made possible by educators, so we know how important it is to recognize them for the countless hours they spend teaching and supporting students, often going above and beyond their job descriptions.

In the past few weeks, we have added several new printables to our Learning Library that students and their parents can use as teacher gifts:

1. Teacher Appreciation Thank-You Letter

A heartfelt message can go a long way!

Your child can use Education.com’s Teacher Appreciation Thank-You Letter Template to craft a personalized message to their teacher. The fill-in-the-blank worksheet will guide them in reflecting on their favorite memories during the school year, as well as the positive emotions that their teacher has instilled in them.

The end result will be a letter that their teacher will treasure for years to come!

2. Teacher Appreciation Printable Gift Tags

Looking for a personal touch to accompany your child’s gift? Check out these adorable Teacher Appreciation Gift Tags featuring the Education.com cast of characters! With humorous messages from Roly, Tutu, Penelope, and the rest of the gang, these labels are the perfect finishing touch to any present.

Simply print, cut, and attach to your gift!

You can also learn more about each Education.com character’s story in this blog post:

Teacher Appreciation Reflective Writing Prompts

Print this set of three Reflective Writing Prompts to encourage your child to think about a teacher who has made an impact on their lives. Each prompt will have them reflect on lasting impressions, meaningful assignments, and unique learning experiences their teacher has shared with them.

They’ll create a personal piece of writing they can share with their teacher that will be unlike any other gift they receive!

Teacher Appreciation Resource Packets

Make teachers’ lives a little easier at the end of the school year! Consider gifting one of Education.com’s newly-updated Teacher Appreciation Resource Packets.

These three comprehensive workbooks are designed to support teachers across different grade levels from PreK to eighth. Each packet is chock-full of educational activities, including birthday charts, handwriting templates, graphic organizers, and more.

These are free for Basic users during Teacher Appreciation Week, as a token of appreciation for our community of amazing teachers!

Looking for more Education.com fun for parents and teachers? Click through our Learning Library of 37,000+ educator-created resources for grades PreK through 8th.