Pre-K Summer Packet

I send home this Summer Packet at the end of the year for my parents and students to work on during the summer, if they choose. Many parents aren’t sure what to do with young children to promote learning in the summer, and tend to resort to worksheets and flashcards. Hopefully this packet provides them with fun, hands-on learning activities.

Parent Letter

I send home a parent note explaining the purpose of a summer packet, and a list of the materials enclosed.

Summer Packet Letter

Printable Parent Letter

Activity Booklet

I send home a booklet with several activities parents can do at home with their children. I also include a book list and website list.

Summer Packet

Printable Activity Booklet

Rhyming Cards

A set of rhyming cards are included in the packet for children to practice matching rhyming words. At different times during the year, I have the kids make a few sets of matching cards by gluing the pictures onto construction paper die-cuts. This year, my kids have a set of 10 rhyming cards glued to dinosaur cutouts and a set of 10 cards glued to frogs. We keep the sets at school so that the children can practice matching rhyming words. These sets are sent home in the summer packet.

Rhyming Cards

Rhyming Set 1

Rhyming Cards

Rhyming Set 2

Rhyming Cards

Rhyming Set 3

Grid Game

I print out the grid game for each child, and add stickers for decoration. I use stickers of popular characters to spark their interest in the game (Barbie, Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc). Last year, when a child mentioned gifts in class, I had another child thank me for the Scooby Doo game, even though that wasn’t the end-of-year gift I had given them. You can either include dice (the Dollar Tree sells packs of them) or a home-made spinner. To make the spinners, attach a large colored paper clip to a CD with a paper fastener (also called a brad). Use a Sharpie to write the numbers on the rainbow side of the CD. You can spray paint the other side of the CD to cover up any words, if desired. To play a Grid Game, children roll the die or spin the spinner and count out the correct amount of pieces to place in each grid. Play continues until the grid is full. Children practice one-to-one correspondence, numeral identification, and counting.

Grid Game

Printable Grid Game

Ocean Animal Race (Counting Game)

This is a printable dice game children can play for counting and numeral recognition practice. To play, children roll a dotted game die. The child counts the dots on the die, and circles the number they rolled. They continue rolling and circling the number until one of the ocean animals wins. Directions are printed on the game for parents.

dice counting game

Printable Dice Counting Game

Summer Book Bingo

Parents can randomly choose a book activity on this chart to do with their child during the summer. After they have read the book/completed the activity, the child can either color that square or stick a sticker over the square. They get bingo when the whole bingo chart is full.

summer book bingo

Printable Book Bingo

Extra Weekly Readers

We usually have a few leftover Weekly Readers, so I add these to the packet.

Pipe Cleaners

The pipe cleaners are included for letter and numeral formation. This is also explained in the parent letter.

Easy Reader Books

I include two easy reader books that I printed from Reading A-Z. You can find many free printable books on Jessica Meacham’s Emergent Reader page.

Lima Beans

Spray-paint lima beans so that they have a different color on each side. Children use them for counting, patterning, grid games, etc. They can use them in a toss game by tossing the beans on the table and counting how many of each color. They can also be used for comparing more/less/same.


  1. Dana says

    I absolutely love this as well and will be using it! I don’t know how you do it, but I want to be as a good Pre-K teacher as you some day. Thanks for sharing such great ideas!!!

  2. kayla says

    love this idea! I always feel bad to leave the children over the summer knowing that they will likely regress in all the subjects we spent so much time learning and practicing over the year.

    thanx for a great idea and btw I love this site… :)

  3. kayla says

    Any ideas for practicing writing for children that are not yet fluent in English and hav ehard time with ABCs?

  4. Ellen says

    Thank you! I love the wonderful summer activity ideas. You have created a plethora of ideas and activities for students going into kindergarten! Love it :)

  5. Jen says

    I love your activities! They are exactly what we have been teaching the kids all year and I will definitely use some of these as take-home activities for my students to do over the summer. Thanks! :)

  6. Emily says

    Thanks- I love the book Bingo! I’ve made calendars to send home with my kids of things to do each day- I think I’ll add Book Bingo as another idea in the packet.

  7. Cara V. says

    Thank you so much, Karen for your generous and well-organized resources! I am already putting them to good use in our faith-based Early Learning Center.

  8. says

    I just want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! as a first year pre-kinders teacher your website is the MOST HELPFUL!! I gathered so many ideas from you! Now that I’m planning my school year I am so excited by the many things that you have shared on your website n blog! Thanks for all that you do and share n thanks for being my E-mentor!!

  9. lpaige says

    I love your summer packet, my pre-school parents will love it also…have a GREAT long summer break :)

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