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Summer Activity Jar

*** UPDATED – Ive made an updated list for 2012 that can be found here.

Every summer I have great intentions of doing tons of cool and fun things with my boys… before I ever get organized the summer is almost over. This year I decided to make a jar of 50 things we can do for fun during the summer. Some require my attention others are more simple and just remind them of something cool they can do on their own.

I cut all 50 ideas out, folded them, and put them into a jar I had. I glued a little piece of leftover fabric on the top and then made a little tag and modge podged it onto the jar. It took me all of 10 minutes to put together.

Each night I had them take turns pulling an idea out of the jar for the next day. Here is our list of 50 for this year:

  1. Organize a bike Parade
  2. Paint rocks
  3. Water balloon fight
  4. Nature scavenger hunt
  5. Make art for an evening art show
  6. Wash the car
  7. Build a fort
  8. Play dough
  9. Squirt bottle water fight
  10. Jump on the trampoline with ice cubes
  11. ‘Stained Glass Windows’ – Cover the sticky side of contact paper with several colors of tissue paper, make sure to leave about an inch edge all the way around so it will stick to the window
  12. Flashlight tag
  13. Write a letter to cousins/grandparents
  14. Backwards Day – Have dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner, eat dessert before lunch
  15. Paint a picture with lemon juice on white paper and hang it in a sunny window and see what happens in a few days
  16. Hold a bike wash
  17. Make a map of your bedroom, house, or neighborhood
  18. Plan an imaginary trip around the world, where would you want to go?
  19. Practice your soccer skills
  20. Create a mosaic
  21. Sponge Tag – get 2 or 3 large car sponges and several buckets of water. Whoever is “it” grabs a sponge and gets it wet. If you are hit with the sponge, you are it.
  22. Do a hidden picture from the highlights website
  23. Organize a game of Dodge Ball
  24. Make up a code and then write a letter
  25. Create a sand art picture
  26. Tic Tac Toe
  27. Use binoculars
  28. Play catch
  29. Plan and create a picnic for your stuffed animals
  30. Learn magic tricks, plan a magic show
  31. Make bookmarks
  32. Build something fun with legos – our house, our town, Disneyland, Sea World, Space ships, the Temple….
  33. Math games
  34. Visit a farm
  35. Decorate a shoe box for all your summer treasures
  36. Cut open old record covers from good will and make a card to mail to a loved one
  37. Make cookies and visit a Grandma in the neighborhood
  38. Plan a lemonade stand or bake sale and donate the money to a good cause
  39. Make a collage from magazines
  40. Create a Hot Wheels obstacle course
  41. Visit the fire station
  42. Invent your own board game
  43. Letterboxing
  44. Tie-dye some t-shirts
  45. Have a paper airplane contest
  46. Freezer Baggie Ice Cream
  47. Plan dinner and help cook
  48. Re-decorate your room
  49. Design your own roller coaster with kinex
  50. Draw a mural on the wall in chalk

It has helped make for such a FUN summer!


Previous author of Over the Big Moon. I shared my passion for home and family life! I love graphic design, DIY projects, cooking, and working in my garden! My favorite role is taking care of my husband and our 3 amazing and busy boys!
  • Marci Olson

    Great idea! I found you on Pinterest. 🙂

  • I love this idea! I will definately have to make a jar like this for my boys! found you on pinterest!

  • I also found you through Pinterest. Very cute jar!

  • LibbyP

    Thanks, Lisa! My kids are 15 and 16 and I’m still going to use your list – with a few modifications, of course. Great list for all ages! Thanks so much!

  • susan

    this is such a great idea! i’m doing this with my five year old daughter and she’s loving it 🙂

  • jessica

    How cute I only have my stepkids for the summer every year so I am always looking to be more organized allowing us to make every moment together extra special

  • Lisa

    How about build a couch cushion fort? Or a doggie fashion show (if you have a willing doggie). Groom them, and then dress them up. Some dogs love the attention. Some…….not so much.