Make a summer bucket list to get the most out of the holidays!

Make a summer bucket list to get the most out of the holidays!

A great way to kick off the summer holiday is to have a family brainstorming session and make you summer bucket list! We have some ideas and free activity templates to get your started…

The key to a fun filled, memory making summer is to get everyone involved in planning it – cue the summer bucket list!

The thought of a long summer holiday, whilst exciting for the kids, may feel a little overwhelming from a parents point of view!

The pressure really seems to be on to keep kids entertained nowadays and so, think how great it would be to have a stockpile of activity ideas at the ready for when the inevitable drone of “I’m bored” crops up!

Child brainstorming activities for summer holiday
To get your family’s summer adventures heading in the right direction start with a brainstorming activity and compile your summer bucket list together.

Involving the kids in this will get their imaginations flowing and invest their interest in your plans.

The activities can be very simple free things to do at home, they don’t have to be holidays to far flung places or expensive day trips.

Having a plan of action will also help you to think about any activities that you can add an educational aspect to – there is evidence to suggest that children experience learning loss during prolonged absences from school so it’s a good idea to keep brains active!

Here are a few summer bucket list ideas that can be injected with some fun brain-building exercises too…

1. Building sand castles

A firm favourite with young and old! Building sand castles provides hours of fun and provides lots of educational opportunities, children won’t even realise that they are…

  • Learning about science – understanding that wet sand moulds better than dry sand.
  • Thinking about maths – by building castles in different shapes and sizes.
  • Showing creative expression – by making different designs and having some fun with role play!

2. Go on picnics

Plan and make your picnic together! Baking involves weights, measures and timings and you could talk about the ingredients – where are they from? how are they made? etc.

The location of your picnic will also provide lots of learning opportunities – discuss nature and the environment around you, enjoy exercise and play games. You could even plan an activity such as our next idea…

3. Create a scavenger hunt with our free template

Such good fun and the educational opportunities are endless! You could set a list of items to find in nature or make and hide different letters, numbers, objects or shapes.

4. Play dress up

Role play is a great way to encourage imagination and creativity! Any theme can lend itself to all sorts of other subjects too, for instance if you played at pirates you could…

  • Look at maps or create your own treasure map
  • Count gold coins
  • Go digging in a sandpit to find buried treasure! Hide letters in the sandpit for children to recognise or build up words with depending on their ability.
  • Paint pirate related pictures

5. Make a bird feeder

There are lots of tutorials on the internet such as this one from the rspb, then you can then learn about and watch your new feathered friends!

6. Make a Summer Scrapbook

An all-round activity to get your child thinking, writing and drawing!

Visit our Summer Scrapbook blog to download a free template.

Summer Scrapbook template from Busy Things

Whilst the holidays may seem like an eternity stretched out before you now, September will soon come around and the kids will be going back to school before you know it!

Make a summer bucket list and you’ll look back on this time as a very special summer holiday indeed! Enjoy!

For some more ideas, please see our blog;

10 ways to keep summer holidays fun & combat learning loss!

Pink man pointing to a picture of a big brain


What activities do you have on your summer bucket list? Please let us know in the comments below…

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