Ideas and activities for summer fun with your kids!
My kids tell me I've been acting extra goofy this week.
Really? I hadn’t noticed ;)
Actually, we are quickly approaching summer and I am very happy about the prospect of the not-so-scheduled days and longer evenings to enjoy with the kids.
So this week, we grabbed a few supplies and started working on our Summer Bucket List.
Each year, we make a great list of all the adventures we'd like to have and fun things we hope to do together (plus a few things to learn too because during the summer, learning is always fun!)
And this is what we came up with –
Making a Summer Bucket List
Yep, a bucket list on a bucket!
This is where the kids mention said goofiness again while they were laughing at our ironic list.
But we really like it!
And to top it all off, not only does the bucket showcase all the items we’d like to enjoy this summer but it also holds some summer fun inside too!
I even like it better than last year’s summer bucket list which resembled a periodic table for my science-loving kids.
How do you make one of these bad boys?
Super duper totally easy and the kids will LOVE to help!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Large sand bucket
- Two-sided Velcro dots
- Paint chips/color cards
- Marker or pen
- A list of all your summer fun ideas
First, cut the paint chips into the size you’d like – we used squares because I had a huge assortment of small square paint samples from when we were deciding on what color to paint the kids’ bathroom.
You can also use a large fun shaped hole punch and punch out shapes for each of the items.
Next, write one summer activity on each of your punched out or cut out shapes.
My daughter helped with this step (which I assume is because she thinks I would probably leave off some of the good things like "Have a Lemonade Stand" or “Fondue Dinner”).
Now take the Velcro dots and stick the soft-side of the Velcro on the bucket. You can place them all in a line so your bucket looks like it is striped or just randomly stick them on in a polka-dot pattern.
Then the rough side of the Velcro dots is put on each of your summer activity paint chip pieces which are then attached to your bucket.
See, super duper easy!
Now each time we check off an item from the list, the kids can pull off that square and toss it into the bucket.
Hmm… I wonder if this could work as a chore chart too? May have to try that – or maybe I can sneak in a chore square on the bucket and they’ll never know.
So what are we planning to do this summer?
50 Fun Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List
Here's some of our plans for the summer! We're also including affiliate links for items we love to have with us for summer fun too.
1. Hike a new trail
2. Go kayaking -- see these 5 Tips for Kayaking with Kids
3. Have a picnic lunch
4. Build a reading fort and fill in the Genre Reading Challenge log (print your for free!)
5. Make s'mores over a campfire (we love to have these super-long S'more Skewers on hand!)
6. See constellations at the observatory
7. Learn to surf
8. Create a travel sign for the garden (family project)
9. Try grilled fruit
10. Make campfire pies (super fun to do! Try these Campfire Pie Irons this summer)
11. Train for a 5K
12. Have a Fondue Dinner
13. Make homemade granola
14. Visit the new science museum
15. Take a surprise day trip! Here's a free list of 40 Fun Ideas for Day Trips with Kids
16. Produce a "Day in the Life of ... " movie
17. Go snorkeling and take underwater photos
18. Learn to use a compass
19. Explore a tidepool
20. Dip dye a skirt
21. Have a waterballoon fight
22. Set up a backyard challenge course
23. Bike to the library
24. Visit the farmer's market
25. Pick berries and make a fun dessert with them
26. Catch fireflies
27. Collect seashells on our trip to the beach
28. Create a family land art project on vacation
29. Walk a labyrinth
30. Blow some awesome-sized bubbles
31. Have a make-your-own-pizza bar
32. Go out for ice cream (a lot!)
33. Visit a farm or petting zoo
34. Update the kids' bedrooms with new decorations
35. Try shaved ice
36. Have a lemonade stand
37. Explore a pond (20 Activities for a Day at the Pond)
38. Hike a volcano
39. Make a sundial
40. Do some cool outdoor science stuff
41. Have a camp-out day
42. Visit 3 new places to explore around town
43. Spend a day at the zoo
44. Do some scavenger hunts (try some of these 20 free printable Summer Scavenger Hunts)
45. Learn about ocean animals (especially sea turtles and dolphins)
46. Try a new backyard game (maybe Jarts or croquet)
47. Have breakfast out at a resturant
48. Get involved in the summer reading programs
49. Go to the movies
50. See an outdoor theater show
So what's on your bucket list for this summer?