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Books and activities for summer reading and learning from Reading Rockets

Start With a Book: Books and activities for summer reading and summer learning

DIY Science Camp: Archaeology

photo of woman helping two kids dig through dirt
Archaeologists are like detectives, digging for clues about past civilizations. By looking at artifacts — man-made objects that people have left behind — they try to figure out how people lived long ago, how they governed themselves, what art they created, their religious beliefs, their technology, science, and inventions, and their daily life. Try your own archaeological dig, learn about ancient writing systems of the Egyptians and Native Americans, create your own family time capsule, and more.

Hands-on activities

Fiction and nonfiction books

Summer writing

Recommended websites for kids

Recommended apps for kids