How to Make a Summer Bucket List

Since becoming a Work at Home Mom, I have been lucky enough to have my summers off to spend with my 3 girls. With that said, it is important to come up with activities to keep them busy and to keep me sane. Unfortunately, since money does not fall off of trees I have to find creative ways to keep them busy. Last year I discovered and created a Summer Bucket List for our family. Here is a family VLOG that shows you how to make a summer bucket list. 

Not only was it fun but it was a life saver, so I decided to continue the tradition for the summer of 2014. My girls and I  made a video to show you how to make a Summer Bucket List. We hope you enjoy it. 

Like I said in the video, you may come up with more ideas than what you will end up doing, but it is fun to get creative and think of ideas. Try to come up with non monetary ideas as well, such as doing good deeds, volunteering, or/ and having outside time; possibly a scavenger hunt. 

If your kids would like to have their individual Bucket List then take a look at the Teaching Heart blog. This site has a cute printable that allows your kids to answer specific summer related questions. 

So grab a poster board, some bright pens and gather around and start coming up with a summer plan. Have fun! 



  1. This is a really fun idea for kids!

  2. How fun! My summer bucket list is all Disney related. First summer as passholders and we want to make the most of it.

  3. Bucket lists are great and a perfect way to keep kids from being “bored”

  4. The summer bucket list has just been added to my bucket list!! This looks fun and creative 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love the idea of a Summer Bucket List! We made one too and it is so fun to check things off!! So fun1!

  6. I lov this idea, I am totally going to do this with my kids on the last day of school

  7. This is such a great and fun idea that involves the whole family! Thanks for the reminder! It will make summer more enjoyable! 🙂

  8. What a great idea! I absolutely love bucket lists and such a great way to get the kids involved. thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. This is a wonderful idea, and a good remedy for days when the kids are bored and it’s tempting to let them sit in front of the TV. I also love that “Get Along” made the list, lol!

  10. Oh I love this! We might do this! I’m sure my 3 year old could come up with some crazy ideas…

  11. Ooooh fun!! I see a lot of family activities up there. Those are definitely the best, right?

  12. I’m not in school anymore, and I am kid-free, but I am SO going to do this bucket list for myself this summer. Why not?!

  13. This was really good! Mine is to little for all that right now. I keep wanting to work up the courage to vlog. I’m terrified. hahaha!

  14. This is awesome. We made one last year and I can’t wait to start a new one.

  15. Love this! What a great idea, thanks for sharing!

  16. I love summer bucket lists. I’ve not made ours for this year yet.

  17. StacieinAtlanta says

    That looks so fun! My daughter was asking about making lava lamps….I notice that’s on your list as well.

  18. Tatanisha Worthey says

    What a great way to get the whole family involved- and a great list! I think I will have to do one with my boys- thanks for the idea.

  19. This is such a cute idea! Great way to get the whole family involved.

  20. Debra Rutt says

    We do this too! They’re lots of fun….every year there are ones we repeat, but we always try to add some new activities to the list!

  21. Patti Tucker says

    I need to make one of these my grandson…toddler!

  22. the kids added skipping rocks to their summer bucket list. first we have to learn how LOL

  23. Oooh, this is inspiration for me to get my summer bucket list together! I haven’t even given it much thought! Shame on me, but thank y’all for the reminder + inspiration! =)

  24. Susanna Barbee says

    I love this idea! I am totally doing it with my boys. It will be fun to post it on the fridge and check things off as we get to them. Summer is so close!

  25. I love that you get the kids involved with the plan. Happy summer for them!

  26. This is such a great idea! I made my 30 before 30 list and included my family so I guess our bucket list is already done! Now we just need to get out there and get things done 🙂

  27. I like how you included the kids in the whole creative project! I think I am going to make a summer bucket list myself. And it doesn’t have to be crazy- I like how you included the little things, like camping and getting ice cream- it’s the little stuff that counts!

  28. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing, we could definitely benefit from this.

  29. Summer slips away if you don’t make the most of it, so this is totally great! Fun ideas make great memories!

  30. What a fun idea! My daughter’s a teen so some summer adventure would probably be welcome! – Jenn @ The Rebel Chick

  31. Is it odd that I don’t have a huge bucket list? Mine is pretty short.

  32. Mommy 2 J.A.M. says

    That is a great post I like that idea of having a summer bucket list.

  33. Casa Vilora Interiors says

    That’s a great idea! This gives you options to work from versus pulling things out of your hat at the last minute like I tend to do

  34. This is such a cute idea! I need to do this with my boys.

  35. I am in love with this idea!! We’re totally going to make one. Love how yours turned out!

  36. I love doing bucket lists! We made one for Spring but of course did not complete it. It is fun to think of the ideas though!

  37. Jaredamy says

    That sounds so fun! I kinda have a “before 30” bucket list going on over here!

  38. Krystal Butherus says

    I’d love to make a bucket list this year for my family. I want to head to Orlando, the Keys, and maybe a cruise. I wish, right?!

  39. This is a great idea! I really liked the video too!

  40. A great way to visualize the summer. And I love the decorations, too!!

  41. Elizabeth says

    We do a nucket list. We have a big chalk board in our kitchen. IN fact we just picked our ten adventures items last weekend.

  42. A Summer Bucket List is such a great idea! I love that you compile ideas ahead of time so you have something to source in those moments of blank brain “What do we do today?” Definitely will be doing this.

  43. This would be great for my husband and I. Our son could contribute, but I don’t think he’d quite get it yet. We, however, always have great plans and it’s a matter of DOING them. 🙂

  44. Krissyar says

    A Summer Bucket list is a GREAT idea – I work full-time, but I know we could fit some stuff my Mom would probably love doing this with my kids while I am at work. Thanks for the idea!

  45. What a fun idea! I don’t have kids, but I might do this for myself and my husband.

  46. Great idea! Though I think all Sweet T’s answers would have to do with Disney World and sugary treats.

  47. Paris Anderson says

    Thanks for the reminder! I love making Summer Bucket Lists!

  48. I love this idea! Oh yeah I found out where I’m traveling to in TX and it is San Antonio!!!! I can’t wait to go back to visit!

  49. This is such a great bucket list! That’s a great idea to make one so you don’t forget all of the things you want to be able to do over the summer.

  50. We have already started making our own summer bucket list! We live in the Atlanta area- so the opportunities are endless!

  51. Becka M says

    you can make a lava lamp? I wanna make a lava lamp. 🙂 Great idea I think we will make our list and add to it as a way of anticipating summer.

  52. I love the idea of making a “Summer Bucket List.” I think I am going to make one of these with my daughter because there are so many thing we want to do and try before school starts again!

  53. It does sound like something the kids would like to do too. I’m going to ask my teen when she gets home from school.

  54. Virginia Higgins says

    What a great list! I want to know how you make lava lamps!

  55. What a great idea! Bella stole the show! Love it!!!!!

  56. I normally keep a list on my phone and add or remove things as needed/wanted. We have a short summer this year sadly because we get out late due to all the snow days we had and then we go back a week earlier this year for the first time. It makes me sad.

  57. Chelsea Olivia says

    Love the things you have on your list! I plan to make one for this summer too 🙂

  58. Alvina Castro says

    This is awesome! I made a summer bucket list then life got in the way last summer so we didnt even get close but that wont stop me from making one again.

  59. What a great video! We are definitely going to have to make a bucket list for summer!

  60. I love your Vlogs! I’m trying to get up the courage to start vlogging. Is is hard, and how much editing does it require? I’m not a techie so I’m a little intimidated by the idea.

    • Thank you.. You know.. I just do it.. I don’t put much thought (obviously) behind it… I try to think about my hair and put a bit of make up on but that is it… Very little editing… At times I have to do a retake or two but that is because I did not clear out the videos off my camera that my girls took. Practice makes perfect… I def need to invest in a tripod but I am so CHEAP!

  61. I love lists! I get so much done when I make one.. Cute idea.

  62. What a great idea! I know from year after year of unaccomplished goals that this could be a huge help and keep us from getting too lazy!

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