Summer is almost here! Oh, how I just LOVE my summers!!! School teachers joke that the top three reasons to become a teacher are 1. June, 2. July, and 3. August.
Who DOESN’T love summer? Beautiful sunshine, flowers in full bloom, no more pollen wreaking havoc on sinuses, lazy days spent lounging on the beach, and no school for the kiddos.
For some, that last reason might be a source of stress. No school for the kiddos? Whatever will they do? How do I keep them busy all day every day for three…whole…months???
Honestly, in my opinion that is the BEST thing about the summer. Uninterrupted, unhurried time with my girls! I do everything I can to jam pack our summer days so they are full of fun and memories. One of my favorite traditions we do every year is to make a Summer Bucket List.
In case you are interested in a new way to incorporate a lot of fun in your summer days, I thought I would share how we set it all up! I can’t wait to start this fun summer tradition and start making memories with our Summer Bucket List. Here is how you can do the same…
1. Gather your supplies! Around Memorial Day weekend, I pull out a little pail (ours is from the Target Dollar Spot) and grab a pad of post-it flags.
2. Brainstorm ideas of things you would like to do this summer. Together with my girls we share ideas of old favorites we do every summer and fun new ideas we want to add to our bucket. On each post it, we write one of our favorite summer activity ideas.
These can be as simple as a picnic in the front yard, a nice long walk with the dog, a day at the park, going to the pool, a Slurpee Day. Or they can be a little more involved, such as making homemade ice cream, random acts of kindness day, making play dough or goop, hosting a slumber party, or taking a day trip to the beach.
The trick for me is to create a good mix of activities that are full-day activities for every once in a while, and every day quicker activities that only take a couple of hours and/or minutes.
3. Add ideas to the bucket. Once we’ve written down a couple of our favorite things to do over the summer, we fold the post-it flags and add them to the bucket. For the last few weeks of school, we add ideas to the bucket as they come to us. (Quick tip: Keep a pad of post-it notes/flags in your purse so you can jot ideas down if they come to you or your littles while you are out and about! They are also great to keep little hands busy when we are caught unexpectedly in a long line or in a restaurant.)
4. Let the fun (and memories) begin! When school is out for the summer, we pull out our Summer Bucket every weekend. We usually pull five or six ideas from the bucket and add them to our schedule for the week. We also clip them to the outside of our bucket with these adorable little clothespins I found at Wal-Mart.
The girls always reminisce about the fun memories we’ve already made as they pull new ideas for the upcoming week. It’s always a good time looking back at the fun we’ve already had, and looking forward to the memories we still have left to make!
If you are looking for new things to do to make the summer fresh and exciting, give this fun tradition a try! I promise you (and your kiddos!) will love it!!
What are some fun things you do every summer to keep your kids busy? Do you have any special traditions your family looks forward to every year?
Interested in more ideas for frugal summer fun?
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