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Free Site for Summer Learning Activities for Kids (CWIST)

I received an email from CWIST, a free website for parents and kids, and was intrigued by their idea:

  • Challenges or “cwists” are crowd-sourced from parents, educators, mom bloggers and experts and posted in the cwist library.
  • The cwists can be anything from organizing a community clean-up, researching fun facts for an upcoming family trip, completing a summer reading list or mastering good manners over time.
  • Upon successful completion of a cwist, kids choose parent-approved rewards which can range from a sleepover, day trip, toy or gadget they have wanted or something completely unique and original.
  • This seems like the perfect source for summer learning activities for kids!

Music and Science Fun for Kids

I was pretty impressed by the featured CWIST that was emailed to me. It’s a DIY craft CWIST with a science and music twist.

The first part is making your own musical instrument using household items such as a pitcher, water, wooden spoon, hand towel, 8 identical glass containers. You can probably guess what we’ll be making! But there’s more. A lot more!

summer learning activities for kids, CWIST, summer learning fun, Next, there is a link to a virtual keyboard with instructions on how to play Mary Had a Little Lamb. Then, there is a video on the science of sound. It’s also a snappy song. I really like the science element and my kids will watch videos all day long. I find that science concepts are more “sticky” when they get to apply it to something they are actually doing with their hands.

Combine these elements to make the water jar instrument and your child can now learn to play Mary Had a Little Lamb on it. Fun, huh? I’m sure your kids, like mine, will go “off road” with this new musical toy. You can have them make this outside too to avoid any water spills

I will be using this site to find summer learning activities for my kids this summer. We have a lot of unstructured weeks ahead of us! Where are you finding ideas for summer fun for your kids? Please share!

CWIST, kid challenges with a twistI am a blog ambassador for CWIST and this is a sponsored post. My opinions are my own.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. I’m always a fan of free fun learning activities for kids!
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  2. Pamela Courtney

    Thank you so much for sharing this great activity! I can’t wait to share it with my early learners at school this summer. BTW, totally fell in love with my new vocab word, “sticky!”

  3. Veens @ Our Ordinary Life

    What an amazing resource. And I cannot believe it is free.. Thank you so much for bring this to our notice 🙂
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  4. Ann

    Hmm, sounds interesting, I’ll have to check it out!
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  5. Hi Pragmatic – as a new reader of your blog I though I’d just jump in and leave a quick comment here to say I’ve been enjoying it a whole lot. Cheers! Shaun
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  6. Sherry

    When I went to sign up, I was put on a waiting list. But the site said that I could request an invitation from someone who is already a member. Could you invite me?

    Thanks so much!
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  7. I was browsing the web for good summer activity ideas, and I am so happy I found your blog! Another fun suggestion is creating cool riddles with the kids to keep their little minds at work during their vacation from the books. Take a look at this clever riddle and see if you can solve it!

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