Whether you homeschool or send your kids to school, summer is just around the corner and we will be looking for fun outdoor things to do.
Over the years, I would take one of those magazines that had local attractions advertised in them and search through it for ideas for summer activities.
I would make a bucket list of places to go and fun things to do with the kids.
Then I would see how many of them we could do over the summer.
It always took my kids ONLY ONE week until they were bored with the routine of not having a routine.
That is why I came up with a summer bucket list.
It was either getting back to the books or occupying them with interesting and fun things to do as often as possible.
Of course, we couldn’t go galavanting around everyday. My summer bucket list made sure that the warm weather didn’t slip by without creating wonderful memories.
Making A Summer Bucket List
OK so I shared a LOT about summer and even making a bucket list last summer.
I can’t help it because summer makes me think of the changed up summer routine that I would come up with once school was out (um . . . we homeschooled and pretty close to year round.)
Sometimes we took the whole month of May off and started up with school in July when it got hot.
Whatever your family does, the routine changes with the weather and who doesn’t want to get outside?!
- Make a bucket list of inexpensive places to go
- Walks along a river
- Visit a petting zoo or farm
- Picnic at a park
- Go picking strawberries (or some other u-pick farm)
- Visit a local farmer’s market and buy your kids a special cookie
- Make a bucket list of things your kids can do (Pinteresting links)
- Make a bucket list of books for your kids to read
- Make a habit of reading aloud to your children each day (almost)
- Culture a habit of your children reading on their bed for 1/2 hour each day – it is important to screen the books that make their way into your home. I won’t tell you which books will make it onto your list but you decide to intentionally guard your home against books that will destroy your child’s ability to make godly choices in life.
- Actually make a list or have a blank page where you make a list of what your child read.
I love the idea of a bucket list because ideas can be chosen and then the item can be checked off when it is done.
No guilt for not doing it on a specific day or neglecting to do it.
It is summer and you may not get to everything on the list.
That is why I would rather mark it off the list than place what my child will do in a schedule that will probably not work in the summer.
The summer is a relaxed routine without boundaries. It is a time to relax.
So, relax sweet mom and don’t worry about what has-to-be-done as much as what HAS been done!
Did this help you? What are you planning on doing this summer with your children?