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Recipe for a Great Summer Build Your Family’s Summer Bucket List
Summer vacation is a wonderful time of year. It gives kids a much-needed break from school and gives families a chance to bond. But three months is a long time, and soon the summer days of limitless possibilities turn monotonous and boring. Make fun an intentional part of your summer by creating a summer bucket list in three simple steps. 1. Have every member of your family write down 10 things they would like to do this summer. 2. Type up the list or make a poster to hang on the fridge. 3. Start checking things off and have fun! A bucket list is a great way to keep your family from spending the summer in front of the TV. It can also help your kids stay busy. When the dreaded chorus of “I’m bored!” starts, you can point to the list and suggest they check off a few items. Things like “Go camping” will require adult planning, of course, but the kids can turn a dog day of summer into a fun afternoon with “Build a pillow fort” or “Make homemade bubbles.”
coming up with incredible activities for everyone. Their list could include simple activities like “Lay in the grass,” “Look at the stars,” or “Watch a sunset.”
DREAM BIG Let your kids come up with any number of outrageous ideas, without regard for budget or even the laws of physics. “Make s’mores” and “Watch fireworks” are summer staples, but don’t say no if your kids want to “Fly to Italy” or “Walk on the moon.” Encourage your kids to dream big, but remind them the bucket list is a wish list, not a promise. Just because something is on the list doesn’t mean you’re going to be able to do it. Of course, the “impossible” ideas might give you opportunities to get a little creative this summer. For example, if your kids want to walk on the moon, a road trip to Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho might be in order. WHEN SUMMER ENDS You probably won’t get to everything on your bucket list. Disney World might not be in the cards for your family this summer, or maybe you’ll run out of time. On the last night of summer, take the list down and talk about all the great memories you made while doing the activities you checked off. Then, put the list somewhere safe and revisit it next summer. There may be things your kids aren’t interested in anymore or new ideas they’d love to add. A FEW SUGGESTIONS Here are a few great summertime activities to jump-start your family’s summer bucket list:
Here are a few things to keep in mind to help your family create the ultimate summer bucket list.
GET THE BALL ROLLING Some kids might instantly know 10 or more things they’d love to do this summer. Others might struggle to fill out their list. Take care to not make suggestions yourself; your kids’ ideas should be entirely their own. Instead, ask some questions to help spark ideas.
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What are your favorite things to do? What is something new you’d like to learn?
What is something you’ve always wanted to do? Is there a place you’ve always wanted to visit?
Go to a drive-in movie.
Make lunch with food from a farmer’s market.
Build a lemonade stand.
Fly a kite.
Have a picnic in the park.
Visit the public library and find books to read before bedtime.
Run through the sprinklers.
Ride a Ferris wheel.
If your kids are only able to come up with three ideas, that’s okay! You can always add more to the list as the summer goes on.
A summer bucket list is a great way to make fun a priority and encourage your family to spend more time together during summer break.
NO PRESSURE This bucket list isn’t meant to create the “perfect” summer. It’s meant to help your family have a fun summer! Let your kids know they don’t have to fret about
Have a fun and happy summer!
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