ABC and 123: Time to Play: Summer Bucket Lists & Summer Jars

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Time to Play: Summer Bucket Lists & Summer Jars

We all know that the best learning happens through play.  This summer I want to be intentional about making time to PLAY!

Inspired by Jodi Michelle's summer jar project, last night's family fun activity was to brainstorm summer entertainment.  Everyone contributed some of their own wishes and dreams for the lazy days of summer to our list. 
Inspired by Little Wonders' Day, who turned her family's "summer bucket list" into an adorable subway art-ish gift, we grew our list with a few more ideas.
Wanting to put together a list like display that was functional {but still cute} we decided on a spin off of the bulletin board put together by The Stories of A to Z.
As we complete each activity I hope to have the kids share a favorite moment or overall reaction that we can write inside the fold along with the date.  By the end of the summer we will have a memento of our attempt to make the most of Summer 2011
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{By the way…the idea to make super balls is inspired by a link in Show and Tell #59 from Making Memories with Your Kids.  AND you can find LOADS of fun sidewalk chalk recipes here!}

Now that school is officially out for summer we are ready to our Totally Summer To-Dos.
Still looking for other summer list ideas:
Rebecca also put together an adorable Summer Bucket list that is featured in the Sweet Shoppe gallery.
Junk in their Trunk framed their colorful summer fun list!
This might be an idea to file for next year, but I also love this summer checklist for teachers made by the kiddos at Sun Scholars!
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  1. I love these ideas and the cards are brilliant! What a great way to capture memories!

  2. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the fact that they'll be recording their favorite moments on the cards - it's decorative, fun, a writing exercise, AND a keepsake rolled into one. How perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Katie, these are so cute. I am also working on a bulletin board for summer activities- not really a bucket list, but an attempt to establish a routine so we can have fun AND still learn something once in a while;)

    I do activities with my kids from your site at least once a week...thank you so much to all of you for your wonderful ideas.

  4. Lots of fun and creative ideas here! Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

  5. LOOOOOOOVE! Such wonderful ideas! Maybe I'll get started on some for (next) summer! :)

  6. This is my first visit and have to say outstanding you!@bose

  7. I love these! What a beautiful way to put kids first!

    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

  8. Wow - this is such a creative way of displaying your ideas. Such an exciting way of deciding what to do every day - your kids must love being able to participate in the decision-making process.

  9. What is in the pet rock kit?

  10. Awesome ideas! And thanks so much for sharing my Check List for Teacher!!! Love your blog!