It’s the start of summer and you and the kids are probably full of ideas of things you want to do, read, learn and play. It’s the perfect time to make a summer bucket list, a list of things your family wants to do before summer “kicks the bucket.”
This is a great way to keep the kids learning, keep boredom away and make sure you make the most of summer.
Here are several ways to do it.
1. Divide a piece of poster board into four sections and write:
- TO DO
- TO LEARN
- TO READ
- TO VISIT
2. Have the kids fill in the sections with their own personal wishes for the summer. Add your own too.
3. Hand out slips of paper that start with “I’d like to play…”, “I’d like to read…”, “I’d like to do…”, “I’d like to go…” and so on. Have the kids fill out as many as they can think of (reasonable ones!) and add your own.
Put them in a jar and pull them out on days when you need a little inspiration. Alternately, pull out 5 or so at the beginning of each week and pin them to a bulletin board for plans for the week.
4. Cover a door with a large sheet of paper and hand out colorful pens. Have everybody write goals all over the door and then highlight them as you get them done.
What should you put on the list? Here are some ideas…
- Participate in a summer reading program.
- Run a lemonade stand.
- Catch fireflies.
- Finish at least one workbook that’s been sitting undone.
- Do the elephant toothpaste experiment.
- Climb a tree.
- Read the Little House on the Prairie series.
- Play at the lake.
Remember, the list is for inspiration and motivation. You don’t have to do them all and shouldn’t expect to! It’s a wonderful way to make the most of summer, though.
Want more inspiration? Check out one of our summer bucket lists.
What’s on your list?