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How to Make a Summer Bucket List With Your Kids
Bucket lists are popular. I know I personally LOVE a good checklist. I once made a 1,000 things to do in my life because I’m an overachiever like that. Then I realized it was weighing on me so I deleted it. Quite a freeing experience. My kids have inherited this love of checklist making (and checking it off!).
Here are some quick tips on how you can make a summer bucket list with your kids.
First step is easy, just ask them if there is something they have been wanting to do, but haven’t had the time for.
Talk About Money
I know, I know. Not fun, but neither is adding a cruise to your bucket list, only to discover later you only have enough funds to cover a canoe trip. Set a budget for your summer fun. This is an awesome time for you to model financial stewardship for your children.
Variety is the Spice of Life
Anyone know where that cliche came from?! Maybe add some of these to your list:
- things to do, read, watch, and experience
- places to go
- crafts, recipes, and projects to make
- think of rainy days, touristy things in your area
- is a day trip or long weekend in your budget?
Put Others First
Add things to your list that include serving others. Summer is a great time for service projects. Use your summer to make a difference. Try a few of these:
- sew pillowcases to donate to a children’s hospital
- collect and decorate flip flops for children in Nicaragua
- collect change to donate
- collect baby items for your local pregnancy care center (host a baby shower!)
- do yard work or small home repairs for an elderly homeowner
- bring a meal to someone who is sick or just to bless them!
- volunteer at a soup kitchen or other ministry
- pack a care package for a soldier
If you are crafty, a great resource with lots of projects to make and places to donate them is the book Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause. I read that and was rather inspired by the good people are doing with their God-given gifts. I like to pin ideas for service projects to my Make a Difference Pinterest board, be sure to check that out, too.
Speaking of Pinterest, be pinspired by Pinterest and all the fabulous things you can find. It is my favorite place on the web (after this blog, OF COURSE!) and it has gobs and gobs of ideas just waiting for you. Gobs, I tell you! See what I mean?
Now, go talk to your kids and take advantage of whatever time you have this summer!