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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
The long, sunny days of summer have officially started.
How will you spend yours?
Answer these five questions to find a fun activity to try on a hot day.
1. What is your favorite thing about summertime?
A. Going to festivals and farmers markets and eating delicious food.
B. Having fewer responsibilities and time to be alone and daydream.
C. Wearing whatever I want and having time to be creative.
D. Hanging out with my friends.
2. How do you think your best friend would describe you?
A. Kind and welcoming
B. Smart and curious
C. Imaginative and daring
D. Funny and outgoing
3. What is usually your favorite subject at school?
B. Language Arts
4. Which one of these jobs would you want?
A. A chef or restaurateur
B. An author or reporter
C. An artist or painter
D. An engineer or architect
5. What’s your dream place to live?
A. New York City
If you answered mostly A’s: Pack a picnic and head to a park
You have excellent taste. Grab a lunchbox or a basket and fill it with some of your favorite foods, then invite a few friends or family members to break bread with. They know you’re an fabulous host!
For food, experiment with creative presentations. Try sliding pieces of fresh fruit onto a skewer to create a fruit kebab, or spreading different kinds of cheeses and salami or ham — whatever’s in a Lunchables will do — around a plate to make a pretty charcuterie board.
Then pack up your food and take a blanket to the nearest shady spot in your favorite park.
If you answered mostly B’s: Take a book to the pool or the beach
You’ve got a growing stack of books in your bedroom — from suspenseful graphic novels to young adult fiction with characters you feel like you almost know in real life.
Summer is the best time to spend hours in a book. Take your favorite — or a few — to the nearest pool or down to the beach.
If you’ve already sped through your books at home, stop at the library and check out what catches your eye. New books Scholastic recommends include “The Witches” graphic novel series or the fictional story “Land of the Cranes.”
If you answered mostly C’s: Go outside and create sidewalk art
Alright Picasso, it’s time to show your artwork to the world. Head out to the driveway or the sidewalk and sketch out your next masterpiece.
Whether it’s one of your creative, wandering doodles or a perfectly-placed piece of art, you’re sure to make something unique. Try drawing a scene that your body can fit into — like giant butterfly wings with some space in the middle — and practice some photography skills with a friend.
If you answered mostly D’s: Build this game in your backyard
You probably love playing and running and anything that means you’re outside moving your body. Channel your outgoing spirit and ask some friends to help you engineer a game in your own backyard.
There are lots of simple games you could build. Try stacking a bunch of plastic cups in a pyramid, then roll or throw a ball to try to knock them down for a quick game of backyard bowling. Or use random objects or chalk to create a makeshift bull's-eye, then toss small, sturdy toys to try to hit the middle. Or work with your friends to make up your own game!