The arrival of summertime is heavenly BUT there are a couple problems… #1) everyone will spend most of their time in front of screens by default if we aren’t careful and #2) without a summer bucket list we’ll blink and this season will be gone. There are just two essentials for the bestest summer ever this year (with free printables)!
The first essential isn’t an idea from a Pinterest board labeled “Summer fun” (not even close), our planning of kid schedules, or the fanciest theme park vacations known to man. You know what made your summertime and mine amazing? We were left alone! Not literally home all day without supervision. I mean left alone to entertain ourselves most of the time.
Just let that sink in a minute.
My parents got it right and your parents probably did too because they didn’t feel the need to micromanage all of our free time. I didn’t have non-stop, scheduled playdates or camps that took up every bit of my summer break. After chores were done, I was granted large blocks of time to explore outside, be creative inside, to get lost in books that interested me, pretend to my heart’s content, and simply play. I wasn’t “helicoptered” all summer. I entertained myself.
Consequently, after playing alone or outside with my cousins most of the time, I appreciated those moments that were spent with the adults. Those activities that most of us think of as old-fashioned now. I long to bring old-fashioned back. You probably knew that already though, didn’t you (yep, I’m still dreaming of Mayberry days)?!
Old-fashioned Summer bucket list:
- play board games
- make homemade ice cream
- run through the sprinkler in the backyard
- read classic books & magazines
- watch classic, cool movies at home
- go to a drive-in movie or movie at the park
- watch a movie in the backyard with a projector
- lay on blankets as a family and stare at the stars and full moon
- go hiking at a state park
- play with a yo-yo, pinwheel, or a Slinky
- fly a kite on a windy day
- go camping
- attend a parade
- walk on the beach
- find free museums
- visit a small animal farm
- check out the nearest lake
- have a picnic
- make a homemade slip-and-slide
- capture fireflies in a jar
- draw with sidewalk chalk
- play hopscotch
- ride bikes
- take long walks with family
- invite neighbors over for refreshing drinks on the front porch
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Best Summer Ever
In addition, the second essential for a great summer is to get kiddos in the habit of doing chores before being rewarding with their free time.
I remember relaxed summer days when I was young and my grandparents (who lived next door) got a pool. How fun it was to spend the afternoon tanning to the perfect shade of gingerbread. One little detail I left out though … before I could lounge around each Summer day and be a lazy kid, there were chores to do. Since I was an only child, guess who had to do ALL of them?! Yep, this girl (and you think we were all just spoiled). I learned the lesson that work comes before rest and that life (and chores) go on whether it’s summer break or not.
At first, kiddos might fuss about a list but I think you’ll notice they’ll learn to love the sense of accomplishment AND they’ll learn invaluable life lessons.
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