This abundent life courtesy of our Lord and Savior ~ Jesus Christ

May 232012

Every year summer seems to catch me by surprise but this time I’m being proactive!

The older kids are here for the first half of their vacation and I refuse to let them turn into BLOBS.  I figure that the first couple of days are plenty of time for enjoying laying around doing nothing… but after that…. TV and computer time will be at a minimum  especially during the day!

I want them occupied and engaged and avoid the usual
“Wow, I didn’t really DO anything all summer” senerio!

Summer To Do List

A few fun things to occupy yourselves with:


1. Make bubbles and wands

2. Swing on the tire swing

3. Building a play house/fort outside

4. Play school, bank, store

5. Memorize a few Bible verses

6. Memorize a poem

7. Write a play

8. Act out a play

9. Hold a recital

10. Look up and learn some hand rhymes

11. Make a campfire

12. Make knight costumes and hold a duel with your sword and shield

13. Play board games

14. Make a tent out of blankets or sheets

15. Squirt each other with hoses

16. Run through the sprinkler

17. Learn fancy jump rope moves

18. Read a book

19. Make homemade play dough

20. Play with play dough

21. Write a nice letter to someone

22. Make a craft from the junk box

23. Draw a picture

24. Make homemade watercolor

25. Paint with watercolors

26. Hide and Seek

27. Print out fun pages to color

28. Rake leaves into jump pile

29. Write and illustrate a story

30. Dress up and perform a circus

31. Play card games

32. Play catch

33. Play baseball

34. Collect interesting rocks

35. Make Rock Pets

36. Play Frisbee

37. Play dress-up

38. Uses scraps to make costumes

39. Cook a meal

40. Prepare a “restaurant” lunch with menus

41. Have a tea party

42. Have a picnic

43. Build roads for toy cars

44. Build a town for the toy cars

45. Play house

46. Collect weird bugs

47. Plant seeds and watch them grow

48. Have a tea party and practice proper manners

49. Sprout seeds or beans

50. Make sock puppets

51. Put on a puppet show

52. Make Christmas presents and cards ahead of time

53. Make decorated picture frames from cardboard

54. Make bookmarks

55. Watch the clouds and find shapes

56. Whittle soap into something

57. Make musical instruments

58. Wash the cars

59. Decorate the tree in a summer theme

60. Decorate things with beads

61. Pickup sticks…pleeease

62. Copy your favorite illustration

63. Design your own board game

64. Build with blocks or Lego’s

65. Learn to play marbles

66. Paint a picture with lemon juice on white paper

67. Make a dessert

68. Make and design your own journal

69. Write daily in your journal

70. Play flashlight tag after dark

71. Play soccer

72. Pick experiments from science book

73. Make up a progressive story

74. Stargaze

75. Listen to the birds and find out what it is

76. Try to imitate bird calls

77. Read a story to a younger child

78. Dye noodles

79. Make a necklace or craft from dyed noodles

80. Learn to play jacks

81. Write a song

82. Make a teepee out of sticks and blankets

83. Draw a cartoon strip

84. Finger paint with shaving cream

85. Make puff paint

86. Collect sticks and mud and build a bird’s nest

87. Learn to use MS Word well!

88. Write articles for a pretend family newspaper

89. Put together a family newsletter

90. Bake a cake or cupcakes

91. Bake a batch of cookies… or two

92. Decorate a shoe box to hold your treasures

93. Learn to make paper airplanes

94. Have a paper airplane race

95. Learn origami

96. Make an obstacle course

97. Make homemade face paint

98. Paint your face

99. Learn to braid your own hair!

100. Play tag, red-light-green light, mother may I?

101. Learn about sundials and make one

102. Make pom poms out of yarn for decorating

103. Paint and decorate cans for plant pots

104. Make chalk paint

105. Dig a mud hole and get dirty!

106. Spray paint beans and use to make a mosaic

107. Make paper or tissue flowers

108. Make bean bags and learn how to juggle

109. Do good deeds for someone!

110. Draw caricatures of each other

111. Make birdhouses out of the recyclables

112. Make and fly a kite

113. Learn simple embroidery

114. Make rock candy

115. Make geodes

116. Make pickled eggs

117. Play with mini salt filled sand box

118. Color salt and use glue to make pictures

119. Build a volcano outside

120. Learn how to digital scrapbook

121. Use photo editor to make funny photos

122. Make piggy banks from bleach bottles

123. Make sturdy pretty paper fans

124. Dye rice for making artwork

125. Build a robot from the metal recyclables

126. Make a detailed model of the solar system

127. Make dollhouse from extra bookcase

128. Make animation flip books

129. Make keepsake handprint art

130. Decorate scrap fabric with melted crayon art

131. Make windsocks and plastic spinners for the trees



And if you’re brave enough to say “I’m bored” the following is what you’ll be doing!



132. Clean your bedroom

133. Clean your bathroom

134. Clean under the couch and cushions!

135. Dust the window blinds

136. Clean sliding glass doors

137. Clean inside and outside of car windows

138. Help fold and put away laundry

139. Sweep kitchen, bathroom , hall, or porch

140. Pull weeds