Summer Bucket List Free Printable

Printable summer bucket list with 100 ideas for kids. Keep your kids active and thoughtful at home and elsewhere with these 100 reasons never to be bored!

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Summer. Until parenthood, it was consistently a glorious, hallowed, longed-for time. After parenthood, it took on more of a dual nature: half curse, half blessing. 😉

In all honesty, I love summer. But four kiddos at home all day every day can wear mama a little thin. We do have a lot of fun summer activities and rhythms that help: all-star baseball, lots of reading, one week of VBS, a visit or two to grandparents, etc. But no matter the number of planned distractions, it can be a struggle to keep kids engaged (without electronics, which is pretty much always my goal) all summer long. So I began brainstorming a resource for myself and my kids: 100 reasons never to be bored this summer.

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I considered what my goals were. I want my kids to stay active – both physically and mentally – and I want them to find adventure and fun. But mom simply can’t schedule and plan outings every single day, especially since we still have one who naps. So as the list began to take shape, I developed four categories for this summer bucket list for kids: active (mostly outdoor activities), thoughtful, at home (mostly indoor activities), and elsewhere.

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The best part? As my kids read my summer bucket list ideas, they go so excited! It’s not even summer, and they’re begging me to start ticking things off this summer bucket list. So I thought some of you other mamas out there might want a copy yourself, and I made this bucket list for kids into a free printable filled with fun ideas for summer! Just to clarify, I targeted summer activities for kids who are elementary aged (because hello, I have three in my house!). But even though this is really a list of things to do when bored for kids, I think these may just act as my own summer therapy. Snow cones and yard games, here I come!

Summer Bucket List Printable

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You can read the full list below, as well. Most of these summer ideas for kids are simple and generic, but a few involve specific games or activities, so I’ve included links where applicable.

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100 summer bucket list ideas for kids:

Active ideas for kids for summer:

  • Learn a new sport
  • Hike a trail
  • Ride a bike
  • Throw a ball
  • Swim
  • Jump rope
  • Play hide and seek
  • Skate
  • Play in a sprinkler
  • Fly a kite
  • Dance it out
  • Play corn hole
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Run relay races
  • Do a nature scavenger hunt
  • Play frisbee
  • Play hopscotch
  • Play horseshoes
  • Play ladder toss
  • Play giant Jenga (or make your own)
  • Do cartwheels (or learn how!)
  • Climb a tree
  • Play capture the flag
  • Have a shaving cream fight
  • Take a walk

Thoughtful ideas for kids for summer:

  • Invite a new friend over
  • Call your grandparents just to chat
  • Make cookies for someone
  • Make dinner for mom
  • Write a story
  • Make a card for someone and mail it
  • Plant flowers
  • Read a new book
  • Reread an old favorite book
  • Watch a sunset
  • Help someone with a project
  • Clean up someone else’s mess
  • Donate toys
  • Donate books
  • Donate clothes
  • Read some poetry
  • Draw a picture and mail it to someone
  • Make a wildflower bouquet for someone
  • Play a strategy game
  • Make a Father’s Day gift
  • Keep a nature journal
  • Host a BBQ for friends
  • Do a puzzle with someone
  • Wash a car
  • Organize your room

Ideas for kids AT HOME this summer:

Ideas for getting out with your kids for summer:

  • Eat popsicles outside
  • Draw a sidewalk chalk city
  • Make a bug collection
  • Build a fort
  • Put on a concert for your family
  • Make and race paper airplanes
  • Make and float paper boats
  • Try a new type of food
  • Play Twister
  • Make smoothies
  • Do an indoor scavenger hunt
  • Play a board game
  • Build something with wood (like this maybe)
  • Have an indoor picnic
  • Learn a new card game (here’s a fun one)
  • Camp in the backyard
  • Blow bubbles
  • Have a board game tournament
  • Camp out inside
  • Paint something
  • Eat smores
  • Look at the stars
  • Hunt for cloud animals
  • Put on a play
  • Have a treasure hunt
  • Visit relatives
  • Swim in a lake or river
  • Go fishing
  • Volunteer somewhere
  • Visit the local library
  • Go to a baseball game
  • Enjoy a bonfire
  • Collect seashells
  • Eat snow cones outside
  • Eat from a food truck
  • Go to the movies
  • Go somewhere you’ve never been
  • Visit a museum
  • Go bowling
  • See the ocean
  • Picnic at the park
  • Visit a splashpad
  • Feed some ducks
  • Listen to an outdoor concert
  • Watch fireworks
  • Try a new restaurant
  • Go to the zoo
  • Build a sand castle
  • Go to a park
  • Try a new ice cream shop

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  1. My children are now adults. I think it’s important to teach your children basic life skills. Kids usually enjoy learning skills that make them feel more grown up. Teach them how to sort laundry and run washer and dryer. Iron a shirt and a pair of pants. How to make change , etc… My daughter was amazed her freshman year of college how few classmates had basic life skills.

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