Have you ever made a bucket list? It’s basically a list of things that you want to do before a certain length of time is up. Lots of people tend to make them before they reach birthdays that are considered a milestone, but for kids its a lovely idea to do one for the school holidays. A holiday bucket list can be an excellent way to organise your days and give a sense of routine to little ones too and so we thought we’d give you a few ideas!
Tips before you start
Make sure that all the items on your bucket list are achievable. There’s no point adding ‘climb a mountain’ when you know that this can’t be done!
Let the kids help you write the list so that they can take ownership of it, and feel a sense of pride when they tick things off.
Display the bucket list for the family to see, and talk about it often.
Talk to your child about the items on the list and the things you’ll need to complete them all.
Suggested items for your bucket list
Bucket lists are personal, because all children are different, with different interests and different goals in life. But there are some things that most kids may want to include on their list, and here are just a few of them:
- Climb a tree. This may be a simple one, but there are a lot of children out there who have never known the simple joy of tree climbing. If your child is one of them, put it on the list and keep your eye out for the perfect tree!
- Write your name. For preschoolers, this is a great one that you can come back to frequently over the summer.
- Have a water fight. Surely there will be some days that are hot enough for this?!
- Fly a kite. There probably will be a windy day this summer!
- Go crabbing. If you don’t live near the sea, organise a day out at the beach and pop this one on your list.
- Camp out. Even if it is just in the living room, or the back garden for an hour or two. Camping is great fun for kids and this could be a great one for your bucket list.
- Ride a bike. If your little one hasn’t mastered it yet, make this summer the summer that he does! Don’t forget the helmet though!
- Go to the zoo. A simple pleasure but again, one that kids don’t get to experience often.
- Bake a cake. Does your little one like to help in the kitchen? Get them to help you follow a recipe and make a cake from scratch- hugely satisfying and you may just unleash a new talent for baking too.
- Swim a length. Make the most of the warmer weather and take the kids swimming.
- Make ice lollies. The perfect way to cool down on hot days, and an excellent chance to talk about freezing and melting.
- Take photographs. You can use a disposable camera for this, or even better if your child has their own camera. Take some photos. Let your child choose the subject and the props and see what they come up with!
- Make a holiday diary. A wonderful way to keep kids writing over the summer, and to get them to think about the activites you’ve been doing over the summer too. For children returning to nursery or school in September, the holiday diary can be a great way for new teachers to learn a little about your child too. Don’t forget to take your Babymule though as your child will definitely be collecting ‘treasures’ to add into their diary!