Summer Bucket List 2013

01.1.13

We are a pretty regular family of 4, there’s Annie who is so very nearly 4 and a perfect mix of daredevil, princess and tomboy. Ezra is 1 1/2 and a dinosaur obsessed little guy who tries to copy everything his big sister does. Jon is my camera shy husband, often to be found cooking lovely dinners and being used as a human climbing frame while I am on hand to photograph the madness. And yes, we all love to rock a comedy moustache from time to time (except Ez who was poorly and wanted nothing to do with a family photo, ‘taches OR fun!!!)

snowingindoors family photo summer bucket list

This is the last summer before Annie starts school and so I want to make it an amazing one for her (and the rest of us too!). Also, as a Mum who suffers from anxiety, I find the best way to get out of the house and have fun, despite my illness, is through lots of forward planning and lists.

The magic of the summer bucket list challenge is that the kiddos get excited about the things we have planned, which in turn, energises me and makes it easier for me to leave the house. Having the list up on the wall maintains a high level of excitement and makes sure we don’t forget to do any of the activities.

We took part in the summer bucket list 2012 and it was so much fun. We ended up going out more, visited new places and created some awesome memories to tide us through the winter. We did a big garden treasure hunt for Annie, picked fruit, flew a kite, baked and cooked and spent lots of time outside playing. Annie loved having the bucket list on the wall, it sponsored so many conversations at mealtimes, discussing the things she was excited about doing and remembering the things we’d already done.

This year our list is made up of the following activities…

  • Turn the garden into a water park
  • Have a lounge, blanket fort camp-out
  • Visit the beach
  • Visit a forest
  • Bubbles
  • Make and play with pavement paint
  • Make and play with cloud dough
  • Giant ice-cube excavation
  • Fruit picking
  • Pirate water table
  • Sparklers
  • Eat watermelon
  • Put on wellies & play in the summer rain
  • Got to the library
  • PJ day
  • Visit Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Bake ‘angry birds’ pizza
  • Have a picnic
  • Spend a day splashing around at Welly Boot Land
  • Visit a stone circle

summer bucket list

We’re not starting our challenges until the end of May but the kids are so excited about the list and the good wether that we’ve started ‘practising’ ready for the summer.

One of the best things about having the list up on the wall is how it’s helping with Annie’s reading, she’s recognising words from her sight words and picking up new ones as we have to read the entire list at least once a day!

My main aim with the summer bucket list is to get the kiddos outdoors, both in our garden, and outside of the house, so I have my fingers crossed for lovely weather and long, hot days. I have, however, remembered that we live in England and planned things that can be brought indoors should the weather be as bad as last year.

Roll on the summer.

What is on your summer bucket list?

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10 Responses to “Summer Bucket List 2013”

  1. Carin says:

    Great list Em! Stratford is lovely. I need to go back there sometime. I haven’t written our summer list yet (no point since Aoife doesn’t finish school till mid July), but am constantly looking around for money off vouchers for things we might like, and I would also love for us to go to Mountfitchet castle one day (by Stansted). Also want to go to the butterfly garden in St Albans. We may even do that this weekend.
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  2. michelle says:

    Those all sounds like so much fun! My list sounds boring now. :)

  3. Jennifer says:

    These look awesome! I love the family picture :) Looking forward to following your family complete their list!
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  4. Belle says:

    Ooh! Great list! You’ve inspired me.

  5. Anna-Leigh says:

    What a great learning tool for your little! My daughter starts school in the fall as well, and I hope to make this a great summer before school starts! The family picture is awesome, by the way ;-)
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  6. Nicole says:

    Angry Birds pizza?! That sounds awesome. Love the moustache photos too.

  7. Em says:

    Thanks all! I can’t wait for summer to start properly so we can kick this off. To those of you who are also doing bucket lists, I can’t wait to see what you all come up with and follow your summer of fun!

  8. Megan H says:

    Your bucket list sounds like so much fun; what a great way to spend those last few months of school-less freedom. I was just in Stratford last month – its a lovely town. We had a wonderful time there; your kids will love it.

  9. Em says:

    Thank you Megan, we’ve not been to Stratford since our pre-kiddo days, I can’t wait to head back there with the littles in tow.
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