School’s out and everyone in your family is buzzing with ideas of what they want to do this summer. Take advantage of the flexibility of your summer schedule and get outside together. Do some of those things you have been wanting to do, but have just never gotten around to. I have found that visual reminders and checklists are a great way to motivate us to get things done. Don’t you love being able to check things off your list?! Kids love to see progress, too. How about creating your own Summer Nature Bucket List?! I picked up this idea at the Children and Nature Network Conference in May and I love it! (Click here for full instructions from Nurture In Nature). You can make this as simple or fancy as you want to. Pick up a plastic beach bucket and some clothespins from the dollar store or turn it into a fun craft project by using other fun materials. We used a galvanized bucket, colored clothespins and washi tape - all from Michael's. Have fun with it!
We had a great time at the dinner table brainstorming what should be on our list. Everyone got to contribute. I am a firm believer that connecting families through conversation is a key component of creating families that are more connected and empathetic towards each other. Some of our ideas were as simple as catching lightning bugs, while others will take a little more planning, such as going to Assateague Island to see the wild ponies and hiking to a waterfall.
As you get things done and see your memories building in the bottom of the bucket, you can reflect on what you accomplish and see what you have to look forward to. Clip pictures to the clothespins as you finish your activities.Watch your memories grow before your eyes! What a great conversation starter if you have friends over during the summer! Click here for some bucket list ideas......
For a slight variation of the visual list idea, try a Boredom Buster jar. If you are like me, you dread the words, "I'm bored." If you are trying to promote getting your kids outside this summer (and I hope you are :-) ) they might need some ideas to get them started. Write a bunch of ideas on Popsicle sticks and put them in a mason jar or a cup. When one of your kids tells you they are bored, just point them to the jar and have them draw a stick. Once they get their creative juices flowing their creativity will kick in. Sometimes a little boredom is what they need to problem solve and come up with their own ideas. Resist the temptation to schedule every minute. Click here for a list of ideas......
Happy Summer Adventures!
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