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

Cool Off!Cool Off!
Summer is heating up, and we “all scream for ice cream”—or something that will help us Cool Off!, the theme for this new collection of resources from Highlights@Home. In this bundle you’ll find a recipe for homemade vanilla ice cream your kids can help make. And it comes with an explanation about the science of creating the perfect creamy texture at every step. If ice cream doesn’t do it for you, try an ice pop. We offer a suggestion for making one, but it’s not edible—it’s a craft. Another no-fail, popular way to cool off is with water play. Our Hidden Pictures puzzle features seals cooling off at a water park, and our story features some young entrepreneurs who get too warm running a lemonade stand. When cool lemonade and shade aren’t quite enough, they turn on the sprinkler. That’s an idea your kids will love, too. What’s your kids’ favorite way to cool off? Encourage them to write about it—or draw a picture. Be sure to add it to the COVID-19 time capsule you’ve been keeping!
Solve a Puzzle

2. Solve a Puzzle

It’s a slippery seal pool party! Find the hidden objects in this scene. Then think of ways to cool off with a splash this summer.

Read a Story

3. Read a Story

Gabe, Nico, and Isaac have a hard time cooling off on a hot day—until they get the sprinkler out! Read this story together in English and Spanish. 

Learn How to Make Homemade Ice Cream

4. Make Homemade Ice Cream

Try this recipe and learn the science behind getting the perfect creamy texture for your delicious homemade ice cream!

Make Pompom Ice Pops

5. Create Pompom Ice Pops

Check out these instructions for a fun and colorful pretend treat.

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

Make Pool Noodle Crafts

8. Make Pool Noodle Crafts

Use your noodles to create a seahorse, a golf game, and other fun crafts!