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Summer Jar List – New Ideas

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Last year our “What do we do in the Summertime Jar” was a huge success and hit for our family. At the end of the summer I felt  like we had actually taken the time to do some fun things. The way the jar worked was each night at dinner the boys would take turns drawing a slip from the jar. Some of them took a day to organize so we didn’t necessarily do it every night. Most we were able to make happen within a day or two.

All year Ive been pinning on my Summertime board new projects for us to do and have updated our list and our jar. There are some projects that are the same, either because we liked them so much or because we didn’t get to them. Ive linked the list with instructions from different blogs or websites to make it super easy!

Our 2012 Summertime Bucket list:

  1. Organize a bike Parade
  2. Hot rocks with crayons
  3. Water balloon fight
  4. Nature scavenger hunt
  5. Wash the car
  6. Build a fort
  7. Play dough
  8. Squirt bottle water fight
  9. Jump on the trampoline with ice cubes
  10. Flashlight tag
  11. Write a letter to cousins/grandparents
  12. Backwards Day – Have dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner, eat dessert before lunch
  13. Hold a bike wash
  14. Sponge Tag
  15. Organize a game of Dodge Ball
  16. Make up a code and then write a letter
  17. Create a sand art picture
  18. Play catch
  19. Plan and create a picnic for your stuffed animals
  20. Learn magic tricks, plan a magic show
  21. Math games
  22. Decorate a shoe box for all your summer treasures
  23. Make cookies and visit a Grandma in the neighborhood
  24. Plan a lemonade stand or bake sale and donate the money to a good cause
  25. Create a Hot Wheels obstacle course
  26. Visit the fire station
  27. Have a paper airplane contest
  28. Freezer Baggie Ice Cream
  29. Pick a snack from Moms Cooking for kids Pinterest board to make
  30. Re-decorate your room
  31. Pencil top mosaic stamping
  32. Make homemade snow cones
  33.  Marshmallow Guns
  34. Excavate toys out of ice
  35. Water Balloon Piñatas
  36. Mini-Marshmallow Popper
  37. Drive in Movie Night
  38. Paint Swatch Scavenger Hunt
  39. Balloon Ping Pong
  40. Mazes!
  41. Bubble art

You can download the list and cut it  apart to make your own jar! The hardest part of any project is the prep and getting organized. This really will change your summer just by having a plan and the ideas together. You can leave off the ideas you don’t like and add ones you do.


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!

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