4 ideas for creating a summer bucket list for your kids:
Summer Bucket List Idea #1 – The Bucket List Jar
Everyone writes down their wish-list of activities on a piece of paper, then cut them into strips and place them in a cookie jar or glass container; on days when you want to tackle the Bucket List you go to the jar and pull out an activity. “Surprise! This is what we’re doing today!” you can announce (speaking from experience, we always end up putting some activities back in the jar to “save them for a rainy day” and re-draw).
Summer Bucket List Idea #2 – Custom Bucket Lists for Each Child
Get crafty and encourage your kids to write out their bucket list in their handwriting and decorate it with stickers, stencils, or other embellishments. Post the bucket lists in their room, on the mirror in the bathroom, or in a journal so it can become a keepsake memory of their summer.
Summer Bucket List Idea #3 – Bucket List Rewards
Do your kids’ Summer Bucket Lists contain too many expensive outings like going to museums, zoos, the movies, and amusement parks? The costs can add up fast if you’re leaving the house every day! Help your children set realistic expectations for what they can do on their summer break, and let these special field trips and excursions be rewards for good behavior, completing chores, or accomplishing summer goals.
Summer Bucket List Idea #4 – Helping Others Bucket List
Make sure your bucket lists have a good mix of activities–from no-cost to low-cost–including some ideas for serving and helping others this summer. There are so many ways kids can spend their extra free time giving back and showing others the love of Christ through random acts of kindness and service. You can start preparing Blessings Bags or shoeboxes for needy kids during the Christmas season, surprise a neighbor with baked goods, donate the proceeds from a lemonade stand, or write letters to missionaries or people in the Armed Services.
Remember to be Realistic and Take Turns with your Summer Bucket Lists
I’m hopeful that the first day of summer will be amazing this year. I might feel well-rested, the kids will not have the weight of school on their shoulders and we’ll be home together. That said, I know the days following will include many that will have me wanting to pull out my hair! I pray that God will give all of us parents the grace and patience we need to parent our children with love and encouragement this summer!