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In the past, Microsoft Summer Camp was a great learning opportunity for kids between the age of 8 and 13. Unfortunately, Microsoft shut down all their retail locations across the U.S. during the COVID pandemic, including putting a pause on their YouthSpark Summer Camps program. Since the retail locations won’t be opening back up at this time, Microsoft filled the void by adding virtual activities for kids to do at home.
Now, kids participate in Microsoft Kids Virtual Summer Activities with resources available for use via their website. Best of all, these resources are completely at your disposal for free. This gives you the chance to create learning experiences with your kids on your schedule this summer. Here’s how it works.
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Microsoft YouthSpark Summer Camps stopped in-person sessions due to COVID-19.
Before the COVID pandemic, the Microsoft Summer Camp was offered at Microsoft retail stores. Each day, camp lasted for about two hours at a time and the entire camp was one week long. We were hoping to hear that Microsoft would be reopening their stores this year, possibly bringing a return to this summer program, but that’s not the case for 2023. Stores are closed and kids can only attend the Microsoft Kids Virtual Summer Activities by computer or tablet.
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Microsoft’s new online summer camp offers virtual activities for kids.
Taking the place of the in-person camps, these virtual activities offered by Microsoft are parent- or child-led. They’ve put together a sample weekly schedule with ideas and activities for learning and fun.
There are several options for templates for fun activities and learning resources to easily download and print right at home for free. Keep in mind that these files require Microsoft programs to open and/or edit. Kids have options from coloring books to puzzles to designing their own bookmarks for summer reading.
Here’s a list of what’s offered to print for free:
- Animals paint by numbers
- By the sea paint by numbers
- Animal doodle coloring book
- Abstract coloring book
- Flowers paint by numbers
- Intermediate puzzles
- Robot coloring book
- Mad libs or “funny fill ins”
- Mandala coloring book