We are deep into the summer here and relishing longer and warmer days.
One afternoon a month ago when we approached June, my five-year-old was lost deep in the mere task of scrawling things from his imagination down to papers. Color pencils and pens were strewn all over the floor right beside my desk.
“Z what do you want to do for summer?” I asked, amused by his growing affection to draw.
“What is summer, Mom?” he asked without taking his eyes away from his paper and pen.
“Summer is when there is no more school and the day is longer, and the sun is warmer. You can swim on the beach because it’s not too cold. We can have BBQ anywhere! The trees have leaves in their branches again, and you can go out to the playground in shorts and sandals!”
“Oh, that is summer. I think I want to go camping in a tent!”
“And what else do you want to do?”
“Ride a boat!”
“How about swim party in the garden? We can put water in a small pool!”
“Oh, yes, I like that too!”
“How about we make a list of the things we want to do together in the summer? I’ll write them down, and then you can color the drawings?“
My friends, that is how we ended up with a summer bucket list. A list to put into words how a summer should be lived out from a child’s mind and how to make family memories from a mom’s mind. A list to cater for both.
As far as we are concerned, we don’t need to do everything on the list. It serves as a nudge for us, a reminder of the simple things in life we often take for granted. But if we have done everything by the end of summer, I count it as the power of committing ideas into words and out into paper.
In the spirit of making memories and cherishing the younger years under the sun, here’s a free printable summer bucket list for you and your child(ren). Take it as your own, make it a guide, scribble on it, replace it with a thing or two. I only wish you give the credits back here 🙂
Wishing your summer has been warm and kind and fun so far! Cheers!