Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Summer Bucket List Party 2012

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You can see how our summer bucket list started in this post.  We have enjoyed doing a summer bucket list for a few years now.  We sit down and talk about what everyone is looking forward to doing for summer(which is an adventure in itself).  I write our list out, add a few fun twists, and throw it all in a bucket. 

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The activities are color coded for how much time an activity will take.  I printed our activities on colored scrapbook paper and then we put the slips in our bucket.  The kids take turns choosing a slip accordingly.  I try to have most of the necessary supplies on hand so we can get right down to the fun.  Some of our activities need to be planned, like our road trip with Nana or outdoor concerts, so they will be on the calendar already.  Some days we won't pull a slip at all and other days we might throw it back and try for a different slip. 

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Full Day(the aqua blue slips of paper)
Make and fly kites
Make homemade bread and jam
Visit a Chinatown
Visit a national park
Visit a museum
Visit the zoo
Traveling story hour (museums, butterfly houses, gardens, forests, pizza parlor)
Explore a nearby town
Make a Smash Book of our summer
Have a fairy tea party
Have a hungry Caterpillar party
Have a snow cone stand
Host an Olympic game day
Host a summer reading book exchange party
Go to the beach (take a ferryboat ride while we're there) 
Go to a baseball game
Find a volunteer project to complete

Half Day(the hot pink slips of paper)
Build robots from recycled items
Make a biosphere
Play at a new park
Go for a picnic (breakfast, lunch, or dinner)
See an outdoor movie
Lego block scavenger hunt and building challenge
Fill the kiddy pool and add bubble bath
Make sponge water bombs and play outside
Make a paper bag book
Have a hot dog roast
Make up a new recipe
Make granitas
Make paletas (Mexican popsicles)
Visit a music store and explore instruments
Take a bus ride downtown

About 2 Hours or Less (the lime green slips of paper)
Make a shell necklace
Make a freezer pie
Make bread and butter pickles
Make fun soaps on a rope
Make and grow a bonsai garden
Make a salamander habitat
Make a worm habitat
Make a water scope and look in the pond
Find and watch an anthill
Decorate lap desks
Make splat paintings
Parachute play
Walk to a favorite dinner spot
Have a midnight buffet (at 8:00 pm though!)
Make sun catchers
Make a tablecloth
Make felted rocks
Go on a bug hunt
Play putt putt golf
Take the art easel outside and paint
Play water balloon basketball
Make a mermaid's garden or an octopus's garden

Planned Events and Everyday Summer Fun
Road trip with Nana
Vacation Bible School
Ride bikes, scooters, plasma cars
Go to the pool
Go to a concert
Read, read, and read! and Write, write, and write!
Sign up for a summer reading program
Pick blueberries
International Food Passport- Make a passport of countries and go to restaurants or make something at home.  Stamp them off as we go.
Blow bubbles, toss balls, play hopscotch, color with sidewalk chalk
Eat the foods of summer- lots of berries, melons, and peaches, roasted corn and fresh veggies, make popsicles, ice cream, s’mores, and lemonade!
Visit farmer’s markets
Watch fireworks
Catch fireflies
Play in the garden

Even though summer doesn't officially start until late June, we'll start our summer bucket list when the kids get out of school, which is the first week of June. We have yet to complete a summer bucket list, but that's okay, we have fun trying!  You can see our 2011 list here and our 2010 list here. 

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The party rules are pretty simple....
  1. Link up your summer bucket lists that are kid/family friendly.
  2. Include a party button or text link on your post or blog.
  3. Have fun reading some other links.

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Sarah said...

as always your list is AWESOME!! I'm sure we will "borrow" a few ideas! :) HAPPY almost SUMMER!!

Ticia said...

Hmmmm...... I need to sit down and start thinking about what I'll write.

Phyllis said...

Looks like a great list, Kelly!

Bethany said...

I love the color coding idea. I used different jars last year with labels, but I think I might try the colors this year!

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

Your list is amazing. I can't wait to see what you will do. I will link up tomorrow.

Meg@MegaCrafty said...

What a great idea- I loved reading your list! Full of fun ideas.

Crystal said...

Fantastic idea...I love it. I am going to start working on my list right away :-)

Sherri said...

I am still to write our summer plans down....I am always winging it! I love your list...I love how you broke it down!

Unknown said...

I love your list. We need to sit down and make one at my house.

Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum said...

I've just started to think about ours as it's been raining constantly for the last month I thought it may brighten up the days. I can't wait to join in with the party.

Recipes We Love said...

LOVE the idea!!!

PlainVanillaMom said...

I absolutely LOVE this idea. We have been talking about doing something like this and then I found your post. Going to have to get a bucket and do it right! Thanks for sharing. Great inspiration. I can't wait to make ours now. Found you via KBN. Following you now :) Love your blog.

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

I love how you organized your ideas by time! So smart. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

Kelley @ I Forgot To Socialize The Kids! said...

I LOVE that your bucket list is actually in a bucket! Such a cute idea!

Amy said...

Good Grief! It's time for this already!!! I've been away from the Blogging World, but your Bucket List Linky is snapping me back to business! Can't wait to get our family's together and link up!

Carrie said...

What a fun idea!! We will have to give it a try. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I hope you are having a wonderful week!

April said...

So I was trying to join the bucket list party but it's not linking up very well. Whether I get it linked or not I plan on doing a bucket list with my family this summer! Love your ideas for the summer and love the party :) Excited to get started soon!

April said...

Okay so I'm not very good with technology. I tried to join the party and the link is going to blogger.com home page. What did I do wrong :(. Can you tell I'm new to blogging ;)

Kelly said...

Hi April,

I'm not sure what is going on with your link. I went ahead and deleted it because I couldn't get it to work either. I'd love for you to try to link up again and we'll see if it works.

Kelly, Little Wonders' Days

April said...

I feel so silly! I entered the wrong URL. Sorry Kelly!! Thanks for the help! Couple more weeks before my family starts our summer!! :)

Kelly said...

It works April! Don't feel silly. I still me up my entries from time to time. Have a fun summer!
Kelly, Little Wonders' Days

Jacquie @ Kansas City Kids Activities said...

Hi Kelly! Thanks for starting the linky for summer lists - love them! I've connected my post up. You've got some great ideas - and the color-coding! Much more organized than I could ever hope to be! Enjoy summer :)

Unknown said...

Ok- this is the year we officially jump in on the Bucket list! I'm gonna get to work on our list right away!

Amy said...

Wow! That is some list! Have a great time!

Amy @ Missional Mama

Unknown said...

Wow! So many ideas and fun! A very large list!
I also have a summer bucket list with linky, feel free to drop by and add your post!


Have a Great Summer :)

On Walnut said...

Added our link!

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

This is so much fun!! I just added a link and included a link here in my post today =-)

Janne said...

How do I link up? I have a summer bucket list post up, but it doesn't look like the link is working. (?)