Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Summer List 2011

The evening of the summer solstice we began working on our summer list. It's a process that takes several days each year.  First, we brainstorm what we want to do over the summer.  Our list usually includes new things to learn, to try, places to visit, as well as many old summer favorites.  Once we have our list ready we work on an art project that will serve as a way to capture our ideas.  For this summer's list we painted craft sticks, which was very fun and relaxing and is definitely a craft we'll return to.  The sticks had to dry for about a day and during that time we added to our list.  Finally, I wrote down our summer list items, one per stick.  We're keeping our idea sticks in a simple white container and referring to them often for inspiration.  In years past we've done about 60% of what's on the list and added all sorts of other activities along the way, and I expect this year will be similar.  It may seem like a lot, but in truth our summers are mostly filled with sleeping in, hanging out at the pool and in the backyard, putzing around the house and enjoying having everyone in the nest again.   

Here's some of what's on our list:
  • Make sun prints
  • Make art outside
  • Fly a kite
  • Make paletas
  • Sign up for the library reading program
  • Go berry picking
  • Go to Nature Center classes
  • Roast marshmallows and hotdogs at night
  • Stargaze
  • Make a picnic basket and go on picnics
  • Learn to ride a bike (Sabrina)
  • Learn to swim (CC)
  • Learn to crawl (Maya)
  • Go to Spain
  • Have a fireworks party
  • Have sprinkle parties
  • Visit National parks
  • Have neighborhood happy hours
  • Make rhubarb recipes
  • Make plum recipes
  • Write poetry
  • Visit the Washington monument
  • Go to see outdoor movies
  • Go to local beaches
  • Dance with colored scarves
  • Go to concerts
  • Speak Spanish
  • Visit a butterfly show
  • Catch lightning bugs in jars
  • Catch butterflies with new nets
  • Have a lemonade stand
  • Use fabric markers
  • Make giant soap bubbles
  • Have a water balloon party
  • Make flower prints
  • Study gnomes
  • Shop at the farmers' markets
  • See a play
  • Visit Berkeley Springs, WV
  • Make masks
  • Decorate china plates
  • Make lemon cookies with yellow sprinkles
  • Have movie nights
  • Play card games
  • Go to the Arlington Fair
  • Have a yard sale
  • Go to the pool
  • Have a Beatles dance party
  • Make rainbow foot and hand prints
  • Visit the American Girl store
  • Write to our penpals
  • Read chapter books as a family
  • Go to the Father-Daughter dance
  • Find heart-shaped rocks for our collection


Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

We make a summer list, too! I love yours--it's given me some extra inspiration. If only we could add "Go to Spain"...maybe next year.

Good + Happy Day said...

I would love to see your list, Anamaria... and also would love your advice on selecting the books we read together. It's hard picking something that works for 4 and 7 year olds. I like those new larger volumes of classics with lots of colorful illustrations, so we might read Charlotte's Web and The Secret Garden.

astromei said...

Thank you for sharing your summer list. We are expecting our little one in a month and cannot wait to spend our summers indulging in such fun little activities.

Your project is so creatively fun!

Lettie said...

Love your list. I've got my own list of 100 things to do for this summer, but every time I see a list like yours I want to just keep adding. Love it! :)

Solo por el gusto de compartir said...

I need to do this activity is awesome thanks for shared!! happy day ^.^

Claudia Q. said...

Awesome list, you can check mine here

sweet & lovely crafts said...

Saw this on pinterest- then Ohdeedoh- which lead me here! I love your list. I made one this summer, but mine is geared towards smaller children. I love your ideas- I'm definitely going to jot a few of these down for next year!

Nicole said...

what an adorable project. I'm so happy to have found your blog and can't wait to do something like this when my littles a bit older. Thank you!

Hana said...

Oh, I love this... I can't wait until it's summer in my part of the world, so I can make a list with my girls!! Perhaps I should make on a winter list for now?

Tia said...

I just found your cute blog while searching for a craft to do. I love it! Your summer list is a great idea, and I may have to try it! Thanks :)

Ellen said...

Love this idea and your list - I'll have to squirrel these away for when my children get 'bored'.

Jenny said...

Would LOVE to have you all join our Summer Bucket List Challenge!

Love your take on the summer list!! Hope you're having a great summer!

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Amanda said...

What a clever idea! I love how colorful these are too :)

I run Fun Family Crafts, a site similar in nature to Craftgawker and Spotlight, but different in that it's a library of craft tutorials geared only at kids. I would love it if you'd stop by and submit this to be featured! (I link to you, I don't post your tutorial on the site) Feel free to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like!

Yvette @ AquaSeventy6 said...

I love this idea! I am going to link to it from my site! Great work!!

JewelryRage said...

Really cool great idea thanks for sharing.

arieloser said...

Stole your idea sorta...In a cheaper less creative way.

But I linked it. :)

Jen said...

I've never seen anything like this before! This is amazingly wonderful and creative. Thank you for sharing this. Awesome and perfect for the kids. We also did a Popsicle Stick Kazoos out of the same materials you used. You should check this out! Popsicle Stick Kazoos