Make your Summer Bucket List

by Sarah H Posted on April 15, 2011

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Summer is coming! Summer is coming!

It’s funny how that sentiment means such different things to different people. Ask a 10 year old how he feels about summer and you’ll likely get a SLIGHTLY different answer than if you were to ask a stay at home Mom with two or three kids in school.

Summer! So what if you’re one of those Moms who is secretly (and maybe somewhat guiltily) dreading the long days of summer? What if you’re already making mental notes of activities and outings and games to fill the hours and days until school starts again in the fall?

Now is the time to start making a plan. And your kiddos can help.

You’ve heard of a Bucket List, right? 100 things to do before you die. Well how about making a Bucket List – with a twist?

25 Things to Do Before the End of Summer
1. Have a picnic in the backyard.
2. Eat popsicles for supper.
3. Spend a weekend being tourists in your own town.
4. Bake cookies for your next-door neighbors.
5. Take silly photos and send them to Grandma – just for fun!
6. Get the neighborhood dogs together for a fashion show.
7. Have a good old fashioned lemonade stand.
8. Create a masterpiece on the driveway out of sidewalk chalk.
9. Go to a drive-in movie.
10. Camp in the backyard.
11. Make your own tie-dye shirts.
12. Perform ten different custom, crazy jumps off the diving board.
13. ……….

Go traditional with fireworks, watermelon and sprinklers — or think totally out of the box! It’s your list – make it YOURS. Maybe you build in a few items that will progress throughout the summer months – like “Use a different combination of toppings on your pizza every Friday for Make Your Own Pizza night” or “Put together a 5000 piece puzzle.”

Finalize your list and have a special dinner on the first day of summer vacation to kick off the fun. Keep the list posted somewhere visible – the fridge, the mudroom, the playroom. Your kids won’t dream of getting bored when they have this list o’ fun to take care of!

I’m sure I don’t have to remind you to take photos of each item – they will be priceless photo opps. These memories would be perfect for a summer photo book or calendar, or I’m sure there will be at least a few snapshots worth enlarging and framing. You never know!

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  1. kniewohner Says:

    Great ideas here!! Now, if you could just stick a yellow post it in the middle of my forehead to remind me to bring my camera. I too enjoy summer, but it seems that when we are having the most fun and making memories, that’s when I forget to bring it along. Don’t you just sometimes wish that you could use your eyes as an iphone and just blink to store the vivid pictures in your mind forever. How do you think we could get them uploaded here to shutterfly LOL. Thanks for the ideas and I’ll try to remember the picsher takin’ contraption!! :)

  2. Joey Says:

    CUTE pictures and great ideas. I love this bucket list to keep the kids entertained. I am not surprised that kids will give a very different answer to summer, then their parents. I know my sister who is a stay-at-home mom, is always running everywhere. Then again she does than during the school year. These are great tips i’ll have to keep in mind to do with my nieces and nephews.

  3. AnnAbbott Says:

    Great idea… I have 3 kids…and well summer is scary for me. EEEEkkk…. Sometimes I can barely survive a weekend. Fun things and Free things…that is what I am all about. I see a photo book in my future of the bucket list of summer.

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I'm a Mama, a blogger, a Razorback, and a bit of a photography nut. I've been blogging since 2005 and hooked on Shutterfly since my kiddo was born in 2008. My personal blog, Musings of Mother Hood (www.sarahmcow.com) has become a place for me to get all the live-and-learn parenting experiences and adorable toddler photos out of my system, while I'm also thrilled to contribute geeky tech advice for Moms in my bi-monthly column at NWAMotherlode.com. Shutterfly really scratches my itch for capturing memories in a beautiful, tangible way, and I never met a photo book I didn't like!

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