Summer Activities

Student Authors: Margaret Irwin, Katie Kester, and Allison Fialkowski (Harvard Medical School)

Contact: katherine_kester@hms.harvard.edu

Faculty Reviewers:

Jennifer Pitt-Lainsbury, High School and Middle School Administrator, University of Toronto Schools

Donna Fialkowski, M.Ed., Special Education Teacher, Atlanta City Public School System

Juliana H. Chen, M.D., Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Rachel Conrad, M.D. Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Student Reviewers: Mengting Qiu, Chandler Moore, Rachel Reardon (Harvard Medical School), Toke Odimayomi (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

Summer Calendar Activities Challenge:

Here are some ideas , but remember it is your own calendar, so have fun with it!

  • Monday: Arts and crafts.

    • Make a scrapbook

    • Paint by numbers

  • Tuesday: “Try a new physical activity” day.

    • How many pushups can you do?

    • Make a dance to your favorite song

    • Learn how to do a handstand, forward roll, cartwheel

    • Run around your neighborhood (with a mask, if it is safe to do so)

  • Wednesday: Cook or bake.

    • Bake bread for the first time

    • New cookie recipe you’ve always wanted to try

  • Thursday: Go outside and explore a safe new place.

    • Be sure to attend to your local guidelines on physical distancing

    • Quiet parks or uncrowded outdoor spaces can be good places to visit

  • Friday: Social.

    • Catch up with a friend over FaceTime

    • Call your grandparents, aunts and uncles, or other family members

  • Saturday: Learning or Teaching.

    • Do a worksheet, crossword or logic puzzle read a nonfiction book, or read through the COVID Curriculum (Link to the Curriculum)

    • OR choose a topic you are passionate about, become an expert on that topic, teach your family/friends

  • Sunday: Self-care.

    • Write in a journal

    • What makes you feel most like yourself?

    • Snuggle up with a furry friend, paint your nails, read a book, play some video games