Summer is approaching which makes this a great time to create a summer bucket list. Hopefully, we can all go back to normal life by then.
It is hard for children to understand why they are stuck at home a lot of the time. The best thing we can do is tell them “soon” but that is never easy.
So I decided to create a summer bucket list that we can use when the lockdown is over.
This was inspired by a Pinterest post I saw online.
So no more yelling to my children, in fact, let’s create a list of things we like to do when the lockdown is over.
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WHAT IS A BUCKET LIST?
It is a list of things you want to do or experience in a given time.
Children tend to like the summertime because the weather is great and more outdoor play. It is the best time to encourage them to create a bucket list.
This will help them overcome boredom and have some goals to achieve.
It will empower children to plan for the future and make fun summer plans.
How to create a summer bucket list with your children when quarantine is over:
All you need is a sticky note and a jar.
Each time your child wants to do something that they can’t do now, get them to write it down and place it in the jar.
Once lockdown is over, go through each one of them. Take out one note every day and try to do the things you could not do during quarantine.
This will make every day exciting and it acts as a reminder for everyone to appreciate the time and moment you have right now.
WHY THE BUCKETLIST IS GOOD FOR KIDS?
Younger kids may find this whole situation to be very challenging.
Creating a bucket list like this can help turn this into something more fun than the constant”no” answer they get when trying to do things outdoors.
While the lockdown can be hard, dont forget that there are other ways to encourage your children to feel connected with others.
For example, by participating in the weekly clap challenges and placing teddy bears outside their home.
They can also draw chalk pictures in the walkway for their neighbors.
Brainstorming summer bucket list 2020 ideas:
Here are some questions to get kids thinking about the summer:
- Think about favorite activities they like to do. What would make them feel motivated?
- List down the least favorite things they like to do. If you have spent the last few weeks at home learning to cook with your kids then eliminate that from the list.
- Besides outdoor activities think about new skills that your kids would like to learn this summer? If they want to learn to code then maybe get the laptop in the garden.
- Don’t forget to use the list from the jar and start with those ones before adding any other activities into it.
SUMMER BUCKETLIST IDEAS 2020:
Here are some activities to inspire your kids when the lockdown is over:
- Build a sandcastle
- Have a picnic
- Fly a kite
- Blow bubbles outdoors
- Go camping
- Go hill hiking
- Try fishing
- Try golfing
- Rock hunting
- Bird watching
- Play at the playground every evening
- Dance in the rain
- Play at the beach
- Play beach volleyball
SUMMER BUCKETLIST IDEAS WE WOULD DEFINITELY DO:
- Catch the sunrise
- Watch the sunset from a hill
- Climb trees
- Go for a nature walk
- Have a bonfire night
- Visit family more often
- Go to church
- Collect seashells
- Visit the zoo
- Visit the trampoline park
- Built a fort
- Go to the lake
- Jump on muddy puddles
- Go fishing
- Go swimming
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More summer bucket list fun activities:
- Visit the museum
- Outdoor cinema
- Go to the waterpark
- Visit the library
- Buy food from the farmer’s market
- Visit the aquarium
- Ride on the Ferris wheel
- Go to a concert
- Sing outdoor
- Go biking
- Try orienteering
Summer bucket list 2020 water activities:
- Water fight with neighbors
- Wash the neighbor car
- Water balloon fight
- Painting outdoors
- Try water sport activities
- Run through sprinklers
Summer bucket list outdoor activities:
- Play hide and seek outdoors
- Play twister outdoors
- Bingo with neighbors
- Pub quiz with neighbors
- Scavenger hunt
- Count the stars
- Drive-up north to Scotland to catch the Northern Light
- Play tag with friends
Summer bucket list 2020 act of kindness:
- Visit the animal shelter
- Read a story to an elderly neighbor
- Bake for an old neighbor
- Leave a surprise note to someone you care about at their doorstep