Do you have a bucket list of memories you want to make with your kids this summer? Move it out of your memory bank and into a real bucket … a sand pail is just the thing!
This soon-to-be tradition is going to spark imaginations when you ask your family for ideas. You may want to pull out a calendar so your kids can see all the days stretching out before them. Everybody writes or draws their hopes and dreams for July and August on little pieces of paper, then you gather them up and put them in your pail. As summer unfolds, take turns picking ideas from the pail and everyone feels like they’re helping create the best summer ever.
Part of the joy of making your family’s bucket list is having your kids tell you about their ideas, and so is remembering your own childhood summers. Share those stories. Tell them about your favorite parts of summer when you were a kid. Chances are, some of your strongest memories are about simple fun (mud pies, anyone?) and you want your kids to have those experiences, too. In that spirit, toss some of these into your pail – fun you can squeeze in almost any day or night without a fuss:
- Creating sidewalk chalk masterpieces
- Catching bubbles
- Taking a nature walk somewhere new
- Sharing s’mores and stories around a campfire
- Dipping a toe in
- Listening to the sound of rain on a tent
- Making silly faces in your ice cream cones
- Checking out new books from the library
- Falling asleep under the stars
- Staging a bicycle parade
- Having a beach day
- Finding a night spot lit up with fireflies
- Hosting a picnic – bugs, teddy bears and other friends welcome!
Have fun. Mix it up – or don’t; if there’s a fan favorite, check it off your list again and again. And throw a few of your own wishes in there – like reading a book that has more words than pictures, trying a new summer drink recipe that’s for grown-ups only …
Here’s to summer and your bucket list: laid back and at the same time, full of thrills and possibility.