Our Summer Bucket List Ideas Kids Will Love has 50 ways to have fun and take it easy over summer break. Boredom is a gift and we want our kids to enjoy it! Download our printable to share with your kids.
When we were kids, we lived on a boat from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Our parents used to dock it at Atlantique, Fire Island and all five of us crammed into the 35′ space weekend after weekend. It was a pretty amazing way to spend our summers. And, I truly believe that’s why I’m so close to my siblings. We had nothing else to do but be each other’s playmate and friend.
Back then, electronics didn’t even exist. I’m not kidding. Cell phones hadn’t even been created yet. So iPads, Kindles, Nooks and other devices didn’t exist either. To be honest, I don’t even think there were any personal computers yet. Wow. I just totally dated myself, didn’t I?
Needless to say, we spent a tremendous amount of time entertaining ourselves and letting our minds wander. And, it was really good for our brains and our souls. This is why my sister and I created our Summer Bucket List Ideas Kids Will Love printable.
We thought about what we did as kids and decided to put it all down in one spot for our own gremlins. This way, whenever they declare that they’re bored, we can help them see their boredom for what it truly is…a gift.
Summer Bucket List Ideas Kids Will Love
- Get out the chalk and make life-sized drawings on the blacktop.
- Make homemade bubble solution.
- Wash the dogs…in the baby pool.
- Lay on the grass and stare at the clouds. What do you see?
- Ride your bike.
- Blow stuff up (baking soda rockets).
- Make a milk carton bird feeder.
- Blow more stuff up (volcano science experiment).
- Wait until it’s really hot outside and make ice paint or ice chalk.
- When you’re done, move on to salt paintings.
- Make old school sun catchers with pony beads.
- Turn your water bottles into recycled bird feeders.
- Collect lots of shells and turn them into cute little sea shell friends!
- Go play with concrete – I’m serious – make colorful paver bricks for the garden.
- Go swimming right before the sun sets…while the lifeguards are still on duty!
- Try a new water sport like boogie boarding.
- Fly a kite.
- Camp out in your backyard.
- Make popsicles with plain old orange juice in ice cube trays with toothpicks.
- Run through the sprinkler.
- Make ice cream for your pet.
- Build a stand – lemonade, fresh eggs, crafts – see what you can sell.
- Have lots of water balloon fights with your parents.
- Catch fireflies in mason jars.
- Make tie-dye tee shirts.
- Gather the neighborhood kids together and play kickball or tag.
- Make simple homemade instruments like rice shakers or drums.
- Build a sandcastle….or bury your sibling…whatever works.
- Wash your parents’ cars.
- Eat a ton of watermelon.
- Go berry picking at some U-Pick stands.
- Suck the nectar out of wild honeysuckles.
- Go fishing…or crabbing.
- Plant a garden.
- Make S’mores…every weekend.
Whatever you do, remember to have fun. You only have two months off from school, so make it worthwhile. The videos games can wait until the Nor’easters come…
Denine & Daniele
Want some delicious kid-friendly summer recipes?
- gluten free peach blueberry crumble
- mom’s super simple tomato and zucchini bake
- easy homemade ice cream cake recipe
- grilled pineapple dessert recipe with honey