50 Things To Do This Summer


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Summer is fast approaching and I find myself getting excited for all the possibilities.  I know summer will fly by.

Each summer I usually have a rough plan of what we will do, vacations, summer camps, swimming lessons, etc.  But the rest I usually play by ear.

Last year I saw an idea where someone had put together a list of things to do.  I loved the idea but I saw it in the midst of the summer chaos.  So I never quite got a chance to make one.  I love the idea because I know there will be days we don’t have anything planned and my mind will go blank.  I will have nothing and no motivation, because it will be the middle of summer, where the days are hot and the newness of summer has worn off.

So this past weekend Hayden and I decided to tackle this project of 50 Fun things to do this summer

  1. Go Camping
  2. Go on a walk through the woods in our neighborhood.
  3. Go to the zoo
  4. Take a scooter ride
  5. Make a “What to do” Jar – have kids write out ideas of what they can do when they come to you saying “What should I do?”  Then when they are at odds of what to do – have them draw an idea from a jar.  Examples – build a lego robot, play with playdoh, build a fort, etc.
  6. Go to the beach.
  7. Read over the summer
  8. Sign up for the Library reading program and visit the library weekly.
  9. Go to a park
  10. Fly a kite
  11. Ride our bikes
  12. Play in the sandbox
  13. Explore a new park
  14. Go swimming at  Papa and Nana’s lake
  15. Go to annual July 4th parade
  16. Go on a boat ride
  17. Keep a journal about your summer adventures or create a scrapbook.
  18. Play in our kiddie pool
  19. Build a fort
  20. Draw a chalk maze in the driveway
  21. Run through a sprinkler
  22. Read books outside on the play gym or under a tree
  23. Visit a museum
  24. Have a rainy day picnic
  25. Play tag
  26. Have playdates
  27. Have a movie day or night
  28. Bake cookies
  29. Visit Dad at work and have lunch
  30. Lie on the ground and see what shapes you can find in the sky
  31. Write a letter
  32. Attend music concerts in the park
  33. Play with bubbles
  34. Play red light, green light
  35. Have a game day – play all your favorite board games
  36. Organize a scavenger hunt
  37. Go to the horse races
  38. Go bowling
  39. Build a bean bag toss game
  40. Visit an amusement park
  41. Go fishing
  42. Finger paint outside
  43. PJ day
  44. Go get ice cream treats at a local ice cream shop
  45. Build a robot out of materials you have around the house
  46. Feed the ducks
  47. Play Hide and seek
  48. Go to a sprinkler park
  49. Go on a hike
  50. Go to the community pool.

What fun things do you have planned for the summer?

This post is linked to Tackle it Tuesday at 5 minutes for Mom.

6 Responses to 50 Things To Do This Summer
  1. Katy
    May 31, 2011 | 1:25 pm

    I’m copying your list! Thanks!! And I love the new blog heading. Nice work.

  2. Sarah
    May 31, 2011 | 1:57 pm

    I agree with Katy on the heading.

    We have this on our agenda this week too. hehehe! Now I get to have your list in the back of my mind to assist in our list. I am excited to have this list too. I too didn’t have it organized before summer started and hoped to have that accomplished this summer. Good job getting your list done.

  3. Heather
    May 31, 2011 | 2:38 pm

    Thanks! Let me know what you come up with. I tried to keep them simple so they were easily attainable:)

  4. Tricia
    May 31, 2011 | 5:50 pm

    Great list.

    Love all the ideas.

    Thanks for sharing.

    I create a weekly themed packet for my daughter to do in the summer and then one day is the day we go to the library and get books about our theme, one day we work on our packet, one day we go and do a craft, one day we do research and then on Friday we go out and do something that has to do with our theme. IT is fun and keeps my daughter occupied.

  5. Shell
    May 31, 2011 | 7:28 pm

    Great list! I need to start planning our summer!

  6. jessie
    June 1, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    I am going to print your list and call it my own! Love it!

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50 Things To Do This Summer


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Summer is fast approaching and I find myself getting excited for all the possibilities.  I know summer will fly by.

Each summer I usually have a rough plan of what we will do, vacations, summer camps, swimming lessons, etc.  But the rest I usually play by ear.

Last year I saw an idea where someone had put together a list of things to do.  I loved the idea but I saw it in the midst of the summer chaos.  So I never quite got a chance to make one.  I love the idea because I know there will be days we don’t have anything planned and my mind will go blank.  I will have nothing and no motivation, because it will be the middle of summer, where the days are hot and the newness of summer has worn off.

So this past weekend Hayden and I decided to tackle this project of 50 Fun things to do this summer

  1. Go Camping
  2. Go on a walk through the woods in our neighborhood.
  3. Go to the zoo
  4. Take a scooter ride
  5. Make a “What to do” Jar – have kids write out ideas of what they can do when they come to you saying “What should I do?”  Then when they are at odds of what to do – have them draw an idea from a jar.  Examples – build a lego robot, play with playdoh, build a fort, etc.
  6. Go to the beach.
  7. Read over the summer
  8. Sign up for the Library reading program and visit the library weekly.
  9. Go to a park
  10. Fly a kite
  11. Ride our bikes
  12. Play in the sandbox
  13. Explore a new park
  14. Go swimming at  Papa and Nana’s lake
  15. Go to annual July 4th parade
  16. Go on a boat ride
  17. Keep a journal about your summer adventures or create a scrapbook.
  18. Play in our kiddie pool
  19. Build a fort
  20. Draw a chalk maze in the driveway
  21. Run through a sprinkler
  22. Read books outside on the play gym or under a tree
  23. Visit a museum
  24. Have a rainy day picnic
  25. Play tag
  26. Have playdates
  27. Have a movie day or night
  28. Bake cookies
  29. Visit Dad at work and have lunch
  30. Lie on the ground and see what shapes you can find in the sky
  31. Write a letter
  32. Attend music concerts in the park
  33. Play with bubbles
  34. Play red light, green light
  35. Have a game day – play all your favorite board games
  36. Organize a scavenger hunt
  37. Go to the horse races
  38. Go bowling
  39. Build a bean bag toss game
  40. Visit an amusement park
  41. Go fishing
  42. Finger paint outside
  43. PJ day
  44. Go get ice cream treats at a local ice cream shop
  45. Build a robot out of materials you have around the house
  46. Feed the ducks
  47. Play Hide and seek
  48. Go to a sprinkler park
  49. Go on a hike
  50. Go to the community pool.

What fun things do you have planned for the summer?

This post is linked to Tackle it Tuesday at 5 minutes for Mom.

6 Responses to 50 Things To Do This Summer
  1. Katy
    May 31, 2011 | 1:25 pm

    I’m copying your list! Thanks!! And I love the new blog heading. Nice work.

  2. Sarah
    May 31, 2011 | 1:57 pm

    I agree with Katy on the heading.

    We have this on our agenda this week too. hehehe! Now I get to have your list in the back of my mind to assist in our list. I am excited to have this list too. I too didn’t have it organized before summer started and hoped to have that accomplished this summer. Good job getting your list done.

  3. Heather
    May 31, 2011 | 2:38 pm

    Thanks! Let me know what you come up with. I tried to keep them simple so they were easily attainable:)

  4. Tricia
    May 31, 2011 | 5:50 pm

    Great list.

    Love all the ideas.

    Thanks for sharing.

    I create a weekly themed packet for my daughter to do in the summer and then one day is the day we go to the library and get books about our theme, one day we work on our packet, one day we go and do a craft, one day we do research and then on Friday we go out and do something that has to do with our theme. IT is fun and keeps my daughter occupied.

  5. Shell
    May 31, 2011 | 7:28 pm

    Great list! I need to start planning our summer!

  6. jessie
    June 1, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    I am going to print your list and call it my own! Love it!

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