Ever hear the expression, the days drag on forever but the years fly by?
Thats how I feel about summer in a nut shell.
20 minutes can feel like 2 hours, but 2 weeks can feel like 2 days.
You think you’ve got all the time in the world to….whatever it is you had planned to do this summer, but before you know it, the summer is gone, times up and you’ve got to shelf all those fun plans for next year.
You only get about 18 summers with your child. Less when you consider those first few summers they will be too young for certain activities. Less again when you consider those last few summers they will be spending working and/or hanging out with friends.
Enter the summer bucket list. Hang it somewhere in your house to serve as a constant reminder that TODAY is the day to make some memories.
I’ve seen all sorts of summer bucket lists. Everything from altered dry erase boards, to popsicle sticks with words written on them, cork boards with papers pinned to them, post-it note charts on a poster board, and even the simple printed out list made in a simple Word program stuck to a fridge with a magnet.
Last year we had a handwritten list which was lost in no less than one week, and by September I was regretting all those wasted summer days.
This year I’ve decided to make a bit of an art project out of our bucket list. Children’s art never gets lost in this house. If I want to make sure the grocery list isn’t misplaced, I just have the kiddos scribble on it with crayon. Works every time. But I digress.
All we did was hole punch 50 3×5 index cards, have LittleMan color on the back of 25 cards and SunnyGirl color on the back of the other 25 cards. Then I wrote out short sentences of things that Marmaduke and I wanted to do with them this summer. I also asked LittleMan what he wanted to do this summer but the only answer he would give me was swimming. Which we’ve already done 6 times and will most likely continue to do on at least a weekly basis. Can’t keep that child out of the pool!
So, besides swimming, some examples of things we have on our summer bucket list include:
- make pet rocks
- write a comic book together
- make s’mores
- tie dye
- host teddybear’s picnic
- wash the car
- start reading Harry Potter series
- pudding body painting
- make boats and sail them
- host messy playdate
- “paint the sky” (shaving cream on a mirror on the ground outside)
- make a fort
- do a large puzzle together
- make paper air planes
- faux drive in movie (cardboard cars on the front lawn)
- host a tea party
- make shadow puppets
- cloud watching
- finish reading How to Train Your Dragon series
- eat ice cream for breakfast
- make puppets and a puppet theatre
- grow crystals
- make homemade ice cream
- diet coke & mentos volcano
- fly a kite
- eat at a new ethnic restaurant
- day trip to our state capital
- mail out Flat Stanley
- local zoo
- local aquarium
- local air & space museum
- local toy museum
- tour local ice creameries
- go camping
- go hiking
- go fishing
So what are your summer plans? Anybody going on a road trip or camping with the kids?by