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Summer Bucket List

One of my kids' favorite things to do in the summer is to make a summer bucket list.  We sit down together and think of all the fun things we want to do while we are out of school.  Most of them are simple, free-cheap things to fill our normal days at home when the "I'm bored" alarm starts going off.  They love looking back at our checked off list at the end of the summer and reminiscing. And just like any to-do list, there's something gratifying about marking off the completed ones!

You can use the blank template to create your own bucket list, or print our pre-made summer bucket list version.  Both of our free printable versions are below!  Here are some ideas to get you started as you make your own summer bucket list.  Don't just reserve this activity for the kids; create a teen, adult, or couples list!  

Kids and Family:

  • go to the library
  • play in the sprinkler or slip-n-slide
  • have a water balloon fight
  • go fishing
  • camp in the backyard
  • write a letter to a family member
  • have a picnic
  • complete a puzzle
  • memorize a Bible verse
  • go shopping and let the kids spend their own money (such a good teaching moment!)
  • go on a walk/hike
  • draw with sidewalk chalk
  • make homemade bubbles
  • set up a backyard obstacle course 
  • stay up late
  • have family game night
  • cook/bake something yummy
  • watch a how-to draw on youtube
  • eat dessert first
  • make puppets and have a puppet show
  • stay the night at grandmas
  • go swimming
  • take a weekend trip
  • facetime a school friend
  • have a watermelon eating contest
  • go to the zoo
  • make something out of a cardboard box
  • go to the park
  • read a chapter book as a family
  • go to the drive-in
  • attend a summer camp or VBS if they haven't been canceled due to COVID-19.  A lot of places are offering at home or a smaller group options.  We had VBS in a bag! 
  • if you have a vacation planned, include it on your list


Adult and Couple:

  • take a girls/guys trip
  • have a non-screentime "date" (even if it's at home after the kids go to bed)
  • go for a drive
  • cook dinner as a couple
  • watch a movie together
  • go wine tasting
  • do a home project together
  • read a book
  • watch a sunset
  • watch a sunrise
  • memorize a Bible verse
  • call a family member (call not text)
  • take a weekend trip
  • try a new food
  • write a love letter to your better half

Have fun with it and don't feel like they all have to be huge or expensive adventures.  Some of our favorite memories are the simplest ones!  Happy summer!
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