A Perfect Summer: The Summer Bucket List

The school holidays are upon us. If you open your window wide enough and listen carefully each morning, you’ll hear it. The collective sound of millions of parents minds as they ponder the dreaded question… ‘how am I going to entertain them today?’ Well fear not, help is at hand! This month, I’ve got together with some of my favourite bloggers to offer you a shedload of activities to do with your little ones over the long, hot (we can dream, right?!) summer. From books to backyard adventures, we’ve covered it all. But first, here’s our Summer Bucket List with forty must do activities this summer to ensure it’s a summer to remember…

Summer Bucket List

At Home

  1. Make your own ice lollies from scratch
  2. Build a fort in the lounge out of sofa cushions and spend the day in it
  3. Make kebabs for the barbecue and eat them
  4. Play a game of sardines
  5. Have a board games championship
  6. Bake sugar cookies and have an icing competition
  7. Have a sleepover in the lounge
  8. Have a midnight feast
  9. Make your own pizzas
  10. Have a pyjama day
  11. Mix your own cocktails for kids (aka. smoothies)
  12. Make up a dance routine and put on a show
  13. Eat ice cream for breakfast and cereals for tea!

Summer Bucket List

In The Garden

  1. Pitch a tent and camp outside for the night
  2. Go on a bug hunt – who can see the most different types?
  3. Try a treasure hunt with clues or a map to find the hidden gold (chocolate!)
  4. Hold a mini olympics – skipping, hopping, crawling, egg & spoon races
  5. Have a water pistol fight
  6. Stay up late and search for shooting stars
  7. Toast marshmallows over the barbecue (carefully!)
  8. Learn to do cartwheels
  9. Have a pool party – paddling pool, of course!
  10. Try making a human pyramid with your friends. Carefully!
  11. Set up an outdoor cinema with a projector and a sheet
  12. Decorate your drive with chalk drawings

Going Out Out

  1. Have a sandcastle competition at the beach
  2. Paddle in the sea/stream
  3. Go rockpooling. How many different creatures can you see?
  4. Eat fish and chips
  5. Try clip ‘n’ climb
  6. Play a game of French cricket
  7. Fly a kite
  8. Challenge your friends to a game of hide and seek
  9. Try geocaching as a family
  10. Go swimming
  11. Check out a trampoline park
  12. Go fruit picking
  13. Have a picnic
  14. Go for a bike ride
  15. Take a day trip on the train

Summer Bucket List

And there you have it, forty must do activities for your summer to guarantee it’s a success. How many can you tick off? What would you add to yours?

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  • Nicola | Mummy to Dex 19th July 2017 at 7:29 am

    Love this list! Going to pass this onto my husband who is going to be in charge for the next six weeks. I don’t know whether to feel sorry for him or feel envious!!

    • DevonMamaOnline 25th July 2017 at 8:43 am

      A little of both… just think of the peace and calm of work!

  • Laura 19th July 2017 at 9:05 am

    I love this list! We actually went to clip ‘n’ climb yesterday – have to say we prefer rock climbing but then we came back and had a pool party (well paddling pool). It took much longer to fill than the time the kids spent in it but they had a blast whilst it lasted!

  • Caitlin 24th July 2017 at 10:29 am

    This is such a great post, the great thing about living in Devon is there are so many things to do, the natural landscape lends itself to lots and lots fun, family activities with so much to explore as well as getting the kids active! This post will no doubt help lots of parents during the summer period!

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