Do you want to have a fun summer but can’t venture far from home? Try this backyard summer bucket list for kids! It is full of simple, fun, and free activities to keep you busy all summer long!
The Summer Bucket List. These lists can either make or break our summer every year. In years past, I have made the mistake of planning too much and being left with a bunch of disappointed kids. There have also been times where I haven’t planned enough and was left with the rest of the summer in front of me but the whole list already checked off! Personally, I prefer the second method, since then you just do the list twice!
But what do you do when you need to be fun and productive this summer, but don’t have the ability to be out and about?
If you have a busy schedule, or are limited on funds, backyard bucket lists are the way to go. Let’s face it, being out and about with your littles in the hot sun can sometimes be more stress than it’s worth! By creating a backyard summer fun list you can still enjoy doing fun activities without having to pack the lunches, diaper bags, snacks, extra clothes, sun screen, kitchen sink … you get the picture!
There are so many great ideas on Pinterest, but I was looking for a simple backyard specific bucket list for kids. Since I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for, I decided to make my own! When compiling my list, I tried to keep things limited to activities that fit the following criteria:
Items on My Bucket List Must be:
- simple (little to no prep required)
- free or nearly free
- easy for all ages
- able to be done in my backyard
Looking to Make Your Own List?
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, football, frisbee, croquet, bocce, four square, wall ball, swimming
Nostalgic Kid Activities
Sidewalk chalk games, jacks, hand clapping games, tag, tin can stilts, camp in the backyard, stargaze, night games, visit new parks
Just Add Water
Bike wash, jump on the trampoline, water balloon volleyball, wash the car, slip n’ slide, squirt gun or sponge tag
Friendship bracelets, paint with squirt guns, paint rocks, rainy day art, candy wrapper jewelry
Summer reading program, story time at the library, read a book & watch the movie, read-a-thon, read your favorite books out loud
When creating a bucket list, the sky’s the limit! Do what sounds the most fun to your family according to your specific ages and interests. Look over other bucket lists and make your own! And remember, just because you aren’t going places this summer doesn’t mean that you can’t still have loads of fun!
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What is on your summer bucket list?