The Dog Days of Summer. The days where it’s too hot to do much beyond sit in the shade or visit your local pool. If you’re out of summer ideas, we’re here to help! Join us as we read, craft, cook, and volunteer. During each month this summer (June, July, and August), Carry the Future will suggest a book, craft, recipe, and service project that will help you join us as we make this the summer of raising world changers.

Book: Many refugees are fleeing their home nations because they do not have freedom to live as we do. Whether this is caused by a malicious leader, a natural disaster, or war, it is important to help our children understand what would cause a person to feel compelled to leave behind everything and search for safety elsewhere. There are many books for readers of all ages. Carry the Future recommends Teacup by Rebecca Young, Calling the Water Drum by LaTisha Redding, and Where Will I Live? by Rosemary McCarney.

refugee picture booksCraft: July crafts can be so much more than red, white, and blue; they can also focus on what we appreciate about the freedoms that exist in our country. These artistic lessons help children (of all ages) learn about what they love and appreciate, as well as why they love and appreciate those things. Each activity can easily be adapted to suit age and purpose, so think of them as starting points for an amazing summer craft that might even help you get to know your world changer a little better.

refugee art project

Image via The Artful Parent

Recipe: According to the UNHCR, Afghanistan has approximately 2.5 million refugees. While once a beautiful and flourishing country, Afghanistan and its people have seen so much war and persecution that its beauty is often forgotten. One way to learn about that beautiful culture is through the food of Afghanistan. Click here for several delicious traditional Afghan recipes, like these cookies below.

Service Project: One way to help our children understand gratitude is to encourage random acts of kindness. Each week of July, encourage them to do something kind for someone else. For instance, they could donate their allowance to pay for another family’s pass to the local pool. While on a bike ride or hike, encourage them to pick up any garbage they see. They could also volunteer to help a neighbor by mowing their lawn. Of course, they could spend some time at your local refugee center getting to know refugees and making friends.

We hope these ideas give you some tangible ways to teach your children about caring for others in the world, all while empowering them to make a difference! Thank you for raising world changers with us!

Written by Gwen Skar