This is the last week of school in our house and we are ready. We are ready to trade in the structure of the school year schedules and to-do lists for something a little more flexible and a little more fun. Next week, the kids and I will kick off the end of the school by making The Summer List.
Think of the summer list as a kind of “bucket list”. It’s a list of things we want to do and places we want to go before summer ends. That way, summer won’t get away from us and leave us saying “Summer is gone and we didn’t even …” or “I’m bored!”
How To Make The Summer List
We start the process of making the summer list by asking the kids what they want to do this summer. They blurt out answers and I write them on a white board. We make two collumns: things to do at home and places to go. All of our outings must be within 1.5 hours drive of our house or a grandparent’s house. All of the things to do have to be mama approved.
After we have made a good list, we add the “places to go” that have a date to the calendar. If I know a better time of summer to go certain places, I add those to our calendar, too.
Next, we look at our “to do at home” list and make a list of supplies we might need. A trip to the store and we are set!
Ideas For Your Summer List
To help you get started on your own summer list, here are a few places to go you might want to add:
- local parks
- baseball game
- swimming pool
- local festivals
- ice skating (refreshing break from the summer heat)
- historical homes
- local garden centers
And, for your “things to do at home”:
- water gun/balloon fight
- turn on the sprinklers in the backyard
- make cookies/treats (we like to try new recipes in the summer)
- make ice cream in a bag
- collect bugs (here is a cute bug observing jug project)
- ride bikes
- have a picnic in the backyard
- make a treasure hunt in the house or yard
- read a book
- write a book
- make bracelets
- make paper airplanes
What about you? What are your plans for the summer? Do you need to make a summer list?