Learning Kits

The following are examples of kits that schools could construct to provide to community partners (e.g. child cares, recreation programs, summer day camps, etc.) to assist in keeping students engaged in learning throughout the summer. Kits could be constructed and used across grades pre-K to 12. Select from the listed materials according to age, developmental appropriateness, and desired learning outcomes.

Indoor Game Kit
  • Playing cards
  • Dice
  • Tokens
  • Game/fake money
  • Blank game boards
  • Directions for games that help students practice math skills, read instructions, engage in experience, and interact with each other
  • Directions for games from a variety of cultures/countries
  • Materials for creating their own games 
    • Poster paper 
    • Index cards, white and colored 
    • Markers 
    • Scissors 
    • Glue
    • Stickers
    • Variety of player pieces
Outdoor Game Kit
  • Bean bags for toss games 

  • Hula hoops 

  • Chalk 

  • Balls 

  • Jump rope 

  • Jax 

  • Marbles 

  • Cornhole set 

  • Badminton sets 

  • Moveable nets 

  • Ball/bat   

  • Flying disks 

  • Stomp Rockets 

  • Obstacle course ideas made with household items 

  • Juggling kits 

  • Foam balls 

  • Colorful scarves 

  • Bean bags 

  • Instruction booklet for beginner juggling 

  • Booklet of directions for outdoor games 

  • Recyclable materials and instructions to construct game materials 

Mental & Physical Wellbeing Kit
  • Journal to log for example activities that make me feel better, things that cause me concern, gratitude, etc.  

  • Books 

  • Attitude of Gratitude 

  • Self-care 

  • Happiness 

  • Kindness projects 

  • Jump rope 

  • Hula hoop 

  • Yoga mat 

  • Book on Yoga for beginners 

  • Yarn for arm or finger knitting 

  • Puzzles 

  • Brain game books like crosswords, word, searches, jumbles, etc. 

  • Flying disks 

  • Badminton sets 

  • Sidewalk chalk 

  • Summer fitness program ideas 

  • Noise cancelling headphones  

  • Watercolors and watercolor paper 

  • Graphic novels in world language(s) and English 

  • Drawing paper and art pencils 

  • Music link ideas for quiet reflection 

  • Book of tessellations  

  • Sketchbook 

  • Colored pencils 

  • Pens with various point sizes 

  • Vision Boards: Posterboard, markers, colored construction paper, magazines, glue 

  • Kite kits  

  • Connect to mathematics (shapes, area, perimeter, etc.) 

  • Connect to science (engineering) 

  • Information about Geocaching in your area 

Paper Airplanes/Kites Kit
  • Materials:  Paper, string, dowels, plastic cloths, toilet paper tubes, scotch tape, glue 

  • Directions for making various airplanes and kites 

  • Notebooks for recording designs and observations of flight 

  • Informational books about flight, airplanes, kites, etc.  

  • A few examples of already constructed kites/airplane models 

  • Tape measure or other units of measure to track flight distance 

Sensory Kit
  • Paint 

  • Paintbrushes  

  • Glue 

  • Playdough materials 

  • Measuring cups and spoons 

  • Magnifying glass 

  • Prisms/kaleidoscopes 

  • Bowls 

  • Funnels 

  • Buttons 

  • Muffin tins or egg cartons for sorting 

  • Pipe cleaners 

  • Coffee filters 

  • Food coloring 

  • Eye droppers 

  • Basket-making materials 

Earthquake Stem Kit/Trial & Error Kits
  • Exploratory design kits

  • Non-toxic chemistry kits 

  • Basic engineering principles activity kits

  • A map about the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and places where earthquakes happen 

 

Gardening/Plant Kit
  • Books for gardening (how to plant and care for) 

  • Children’s books about growing plants  

  • Biodegradable planters (e.g. egg cartons, newspapers, paper cups, etc.) 

  • Plant and tree identification guides 

  • Maps that show where various plants/trees grow 

  • A book about different climates and climate zones around the world 

  • Seed packets, seedlings 

  • Potting soil 

  • Tools for plants/growing 

  • Journal for recording growing cycle (record heights, sketches, etc.) 

  • Rulers or popsicle sticks for measuring growth 

  • Composting exploration—components needed to make 

  • Book or information on composting 

Cooking Kit
  • Measuring cups 

  • Measuring spoons 

  • Mixing bowls 

  • Dry goods/ base ingredients for recipes 

    • Whole wheat & white flour 

    • Sugar 

    • Salt 

    • Baking powder 

    • Baking soda 

    • Dried fruit 

  • Healthy recipe books/booklets for young people 

  • Info sheet with average cooking times for common food items 

  • Food items 

  • Kitchen tools 

  • Hand blender  

  • Mixer 

  • First aid kits for kitchens 

  • Multicultural recipes 

  • A book about the history of food or certain food 

Arts Exploration Kit
  • Watercolor kit with paintbrushes and art paper 

  • Copies of historical art with information about the context of the time period 

  • USB thumb drive/online folder/mini mp3 player with a variety of music style examples/world music 

  • Colorful scarves for dancing 

  • Theatre items: 

    • Blank masks for decorating with materials from home (for drama exploration) 

    • Books or printed stories 

    • Popsicle sticks 

    • Paper 

    • Markers 

    • Fabric 

    • Story map templates 

    • List of other beautiful stuff ideas 

    • Reader’s theater scripts 

  • Journal with some lined pages (college-ruled and music staff-ruled)/some unlined pages for students to explore writing, poetry, drama, sketching, observations about self and reactions to art they encounter/create themselves 

Math/Art Connection Kit
  • Ruler, geometry compass, protractor, graph paper/plain paper, colored pencils, drawing pencils, eraser, string, needle (large eye for string), straws, card stock, index cards 

  • Create daisy art, line art (creating curves from straight lines), string art (taking your line art to 3D), point perspective art (singletwo, and/or three point), tessellations, drawing the impossible, scale drawings, optical illusions, 2d to 3d drawing, etc. 

  • Visit an art museum and look for connections to your art you created (what mathematics was used to create the art you see in the museum) 

  • Research artists that highlighted mathematics approaches/connections in their work 

  • Include a book of one or more artists and their story of connecting math and art 

Exploration/Curiosity Kit
  • Field guides and nature journals  

  • Tablets for journaling, notes, taking photos, curious questions about the world of work, digital vision boards, notes to self – what do I want to know more about, reflections (I used to think; now I think) 

  • Opportunity to tinker and purposely explore through trial and everyday objects work 

  • Tinker kits, tools 

  • Music link ideas for quiet reflection 

  • First aid guides and kits 

  • Local/regional field guides 

    • Birds of Maine (or reference sheets/guide) 

    • Flowers in Maine (or guide/reference sheet) 

    • Mammals in Maine (or guide/reference sheet) 

    • Insects in Maine (or guide/reference sheet) 

    • Stream study guide for macroinvertebrates & health of a river checklist 

  • Index cards & markers/pens 

  • Binoculars 

  • Clip-on microscope lens for cell phone 

  • Maine Park passes 

  • Community Scavenger Hunt 

World Languages*
  • Music in world language(s) 

  • Authentic materials in other languages (magazines, newspapers, maps, tourism brochures, travel guides, recipes, etc.) 

  • Bilingual vocabulary journal 

  • Graphic organizers/guided journal for engaging with film/television in world language(s) 

  • Vocabulary flash cards in world languages 

  • Picture dictionary 

  • Leveled readers 

  • Board games 

  • Crossword puzzles 

*(Any of the kits could be used to support world language development through the inclusion of multilingual materials.)