Monday, June 11, 2012

The Summer Bucket List/"I'm Bored!" Jar

Summer is here and the internet is full of great ideas for summer fun! I think the idea of having a "bucket list" or an "I'm bored!" jar is a great idea for keeping kids busy and entertained during the summer. I like to call ours an "I'm bored!" jar, because a bucket list is supposed to be things you want to do before you "kick the bucket" and I think that's a bit morbid for kids!

Before adding the fun strips

I washed out a plastic tub and removed the label with Goo Gone and added the words "I'm Bored! Jar" with blue glittery chipboard scrapbook stickers. Very simple, and I think it's pretty cute. I wrote down tons of ideas for fun things, learning opportunities, activities, and even chores on strips of scrapbook paper. I color-coded the paper so I know which type of activity is on each one. That way I can "direct" them to choose something else if I'm not prepared to do a time-consuming activity on that particular day.

The girls each pull out a strip of paper per day, one in the morning during our "morning project/activity" time, and one in the afternoon. I've tried a few different formats through the years and this is the system that works best for us. There are SO many ideas for various ways to create a summer fun/bucket list around the internet. I have seen a TON of great ideas on Pinterest and on many of the blogs I follow.

I'm also trying a new idea: Friday Family Fun Nights. I placed orange strips of paper with different family night themes on them in the jar. We will draw a slip on Mondays to determine the theme of our Friday Family Fun Night for the week. I will update with how this turns out!

A sampling of some ideas in our jar:

  • Make root beer floats
  • Choose a recipe out of a cookbook for dinner and help cook
  • Make a sock puppet
  • Build a blanket fort
  • Find things that start with every letter of the alphabet
  • Make a homemade instrument
  • Bake cookies
  • Play a board game
  • Make a “just because” card for someone
  • Paint “story rocks”
  • Make a shadow puppet theater
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Play hide-and-seek
  • Empty the bathroom trash
  • Sort a basket of laundry for mom
  • Find a recipe from another country and make it
  • Choose an animal and research it. Report 5 facts to mom + dad at dinner
We have a ton more in the jar - hundreds of ideas I've collected from the internet, books, and things that I made up. So much fun!

Sorting Laundry

Go create a Bucket List/Jar of your own! Don't forget to link up here:

Little Wonders' Days

1 comment:

  1. I love your jar system! Great idea to add a slip for family fun nights. And I love how you slipped a few chores in there :). Oh, our "summer bucket list" is a list to do before summer kicks the bucket... We never finish it, but it sure is fun to try. Thanks for linking up to the party and sharing your fun ideas. Have a great summer!
    Kelly at Little Wonders' Days