Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The Children's Summer Bucket List
Usually, I forgo the summer bucket list tradition, because I enjoy the lazy, easy going, days of summer.
Never mind that it's still technically spring for more than a month, yet. In our house, summer started today, when A asked for the butcher's paper, pulled out her pens and pencils, moved our Africa book map out of the way, and started working on a to-do list to take its place.
She decided to go with a flower theme, writing ideas for things to do, places to go, foods to make, movies to watch, and days to celebrate on the petals, to be colored in as each item is completed.
It wasn't long before she was joined by the other children, and together with inspiration from Pinterest and "The Long List of Holidays" at about.com, they produced quite an ambitious list, reflecting a few of our family favorites, traditions, and a hoped for summer trip to Oregon, as well as enough recipes to completely derail any weight loss plans the Man of the House, or I might have had this year (wretched Pinterest!).
Go camping, go fishing, make s'mores, watch fireworks,make pink lemonade, roast marshmallows, make root-beer floats, plant carrots, watch the 4th of July parade, look for pictures in the clouds, catch a frog, have a tea party, have a picnic, read The Borrowers, watch The Secret World of Arrietty (DVD release May 22?), watch Mirror Mirror (DVD release June 26?), curl dandelion stems, make donuts (National donut day is June 1), celebrate National Cheesecake Day (July 30), pet a starfish, celebrate Chocolate Pudding Day (June 26), celebrate Father's Day (June 17), celebrate Yo-yo Day (June 26), teach D to ride a bike, go to summer camp, go to Vacation Bible School, visit a museum, write a book, make homemade drumsticks, draw with sidewalk chalk, blow bubbles, have a sleep-over, go to the mall, make blossom cookies, look for ladybugs, make chocolate chip ice-cream sandwiches, make chocolate peanut butter and banana smoothies, run through the sprinklers, have a concert, go swimming, make ice cream, have a water gun fight, make popsicles, visit a ghost town, walk on the beach, make homemade strawberry jam, have a water-balloon fight, visit Grandma's, feed the ducks, spot a moose, participate in the library summer reading program, go yard-saling, visit the cheese factory.
I am happy to see, that other than summer camp, and a visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium (to pet a starfish), most of their plans are very low budget, and easily managed. It's possible I might still get an easy going summer after all.
It's great to be a homeschooler.