After the last day of school back in June, my oldest daughter and I sat down and each wrote a list of things we wanted to do this summer. This is the first time she was in school (Kindergarten) so having the summer break was quite a new thing for our family. She is going to daycare with our youngest since both hubby and I work full time, but I still wanted to make the summer a special experience for her.
After we each wrote up our own list, we narrowed it down and came up with a top 20 list (shown above and listed below in case you can’t read my terrible handwriting).
1. Go camping (might do a tent in the backyard first to make sure our 2 year old can really handle sleeping outside).
2. Do lots of crafts (we are doing lots!)
3. Go to a farm (went to lavender farm already, planning on going to Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum too since we bought Groupon tickets a while ago – plus our neighbors’ children called my garden a farm so maybe our visits to grab some veggies from the backyard counts as a visit to the farm too?) 🙂
4. Flashlight tag
5. Buy a balloon and play towel game
6. Watch movies outside (our local city has free outdoor movie nights throughout the summer)
7. Go the pool
8. Telescope – look at moon and stars (trying to coordinate weekend night when they can stay up later with full moon for best viewing)
9. Solar smores and campfire cones
10. Melt crayons and make new crayons out of old broken ones (we did this last year and it was a hit)
11. Rainbow cupcakes
12. Do science experiments (we’ve done these in the past and they love them!)
13. Watch fireworks
14. Go on boat ride
15. Flip flop cookies
16. Go to zoo
17. Picnic at the park
18. Make Hawaiin Punch (my kids drink water and milk so any type of juice or fruit punch is a big treat for them)
19. Nature Scavenger Hunt (I’m still working on the sheet for this one and will share when I have it finished!)
20. Summer Reading Programs (I signed both kids up for our local library’s summer reading program. They get coupons and little toys (unfortunately plastic ones like a rubber ducky) for reading certain number of books. My 6 year old is reading alot on her own but for my 2 year old, they said to track the books we read to her so she can still get in on the fun. I think it’s so cute they let the wee little ones partake even though they can’t read yet.)
We tried to keep it as “green” as possible (both environmentally and financially) with things we already have around the house, but I just couldn’t convince her to delete the “buy balloon and play towel game” item as she LOVES balloons and while I know they are so bad for the environment, I just couldn’t say no to this one.
I just realized it’s almost the end of July, there are only 5 weeks left of summer and we haven’t crossed many things off our list yet:
I figure if I post it up here, then it gives some sort of accountability – like now that someone else out there knows our list, I HAVE to make sure we do it! On the other hand, there are several things we have done this summer NOT on this list that created some wonderful memories like our hiking adventure and playing near a waterfall in the Shenandoah Mountains, and seeing one of our nieces that we hadn’t seen in almost 2 years! So I guess if a few things don’t get done off this list, it’s ok as we’ve made up with some other even better activities and memories this summer. Right?
If you’d like to create your own summer bucket list, I got the fun image from here on Motherhood on a Dime.
What are your fun summer to-do’s? Share a comment below!