By Shannon Magsam, Ladybug’s mama
I can’t believe we’re almost to the end of June! Summer break is flying by already, so I’m glad Ladybug and I have busy knocking out our Summer Bucket Lists.
Three summers ago, inspired by the back of a Chick-fil-A kid’s meal bag, my daughter took a literal bucket and wrote all her summer must-dos on wooden clothespins and clipped them around the outside of the bucket. As we completed each activity, she tossed the clothespins into the bucket. She did it again last year — and again this summer — and I decided to join her. My goals are modest, but important to me.
One of the reasons I love a bucket list is it makes you more intentional with those fleeting summer days. I don’t want to look up and realize we haven’t really enjoyed our time together and it’s already time to buy a million dollar’s worth of supplies for the new school year.
How are you enjoying your summer so far?
If you haven’t done it yet, you might want to consider making a Summer Bucket List, too! Like I said, at our house, we use an actual bucket.
What you need:
Just buy or find a bucket (or container of your choice!) and some large, wooden clothes pins. Using a Sharpie, write various activities you want to do over the summer on the clothes pins and then clip them around the bucket.
After you do an activity, you just toss that clothes pin into the bucket.
Be sure to add a few clothes pins for yourself, mama. Or just make your own bucket 🙂
Here are a few ideas for activities you can write on your clothes pins:
- Order a triple-decker ice cream
- Ride a roller coaster
- Swim at a local lake
- Have a water balloon fight
- Try to go without tv for a week
- Have a picnic at a park we’ve never visited
- Create an ice cream sundae bar (with all the fixins) and invite over the neighbors/friends
- Go fishing
- Camp out in the backyard
- Camp out indoors
- Go to a concert
- Set up a lemonade stand
- Try zip-lining
- Toast marshmallows outside (and make s’mores!)
- Make liquid sidewalk chalk and create a masterpiece on the driveway
- Make chalk dress-up dolls while you’re out there
- Visit your local Farmer’s Market
- Sign up for the summer reading program at your library
- Meet a friend from school at the park
- Play mini golf
- Find a new snow cone stand
- Make your own ice cream in a bag (YouTubevideo)
- Go to Vacation Bible School
- Go to the zoo
- Make “fairies” in a jar (or just catch fireflies!)
Bonus idea for the summer: Have your kids take a picture every day of summer vacation and put them all together in an awesome video at the end of the break. Or make a Summer Memories 2015 book with Snapfish or Shutterfly.