Free puzzle games, stories, crafts, and printable activities for kids ages 4–12.

Make It a Beach WeekMake It a Beach Week
It’s hard to believe that August is upon us, a time when many of us like to head for the beach. But if a trip to the beach isn’t in your plans (and even if it is!), you’ll want to check out our new Highlights@Home collection, Make It a Beach Week! The Hidden Pictures puzzle shows a couple of kids and their dog setting sail in a boat, which is really their sandbox. Kids love to engage in make-believe play. What might your kids use to pretend that they’re in a boat? Maybe a porch or a deck, or even some cushions arranged on the floor? How about a cardboard box? In our story, Tex and Indi talk about how hermit crabs change shells. Your kids might be so fascinated that they’ll want to learn more about this beach critter. Seize the teachable moment and do some research together. While you’re on the computer, why not download some beach sounds, spread out your beach towels on the floor, and have a simple “beach” picnic. Whip up a seafood snack (seaweed optional) and you can rock the beach without ever leaving home!
beach puzzle

2. Solve a Puzzle

A sandbox makes a great beach if you use your imagination! Find the hidden objects in this backyard scene. Then put on some shades and pretend you’re at the beach!

tex and indi story

3. Read a Story

Read along as popular Highlights characters Arizona, Tex, and Indi imagine what it’s like to be a hermit crab.

surf's up

4. Get Moving

Surf’s Up! Follow the action rhyme instructions to move and stretch like a surfer.

make flip flops

5. Make Beachy Creature Feet

Make funky flip-flops to match your favorite beach creature.

Do something for others

6. Do Something for Others

Have your kids try one of the above ideas or come up with a few of their own! Then tell us what they've done on

Write, Draw, or Talk About It

7. Write, Draw, or Talk About It

Invite your child to pick one or both of the above prompts. Then record, document, or save her creative work and share it with us on

design a fish

8. Design a Fish

Are you up for a craft challenge? Design and create a fish using cardboard tubes, paper baking cups, and cardstock. Then send us a photo of your creation!