When I think of what my children will say about the summers of their childhood, I want their eyes to light up and speak passionately about the awesome things we’ve done together and how much fun they’ve had.
This summer, I’m participating in The Summer Bucket List Challenge started by my friends from The Happy Family Movement. The concept is simple – make a list of things we want to do as a family and go do them.
The Summer Bucket List is a great way to make sure our children experience all the wonderful things the makes up childhood. It is also a great catalyst for us to connect and bond as a family.
Since we have a little baby and Elle will soon be turning 3, I’ve kept our list pretty simple with toddler friendly activities. Here is our agenda:
- picnic at a park
- go to the zoo
- go to the water park
- ride the sky train and sea bus
- walk along the seawall
- go to Trader Joe’s
- pick blueberries
- build a sand castle at the beach
- play a trick on Auntie Maggie
- water balloon fight
- hopscotch on the driveway
- fly a kite
- camp in the backyard
- do random acts of kindness
- make playdough
- make totem poles out of paper tubes
- build an inukshuk
- make maple leaf prints
- build a teepee
- eat a poutine
When I showed it to the little girl and told her about the activities, she didn’t seem too excited…then I realized a 3 year old can’t read….duh. So, it’s now on my to do list to print out pictures of these activities and put them on the bunting.
My goal is for my children to have a photo storybook of every summer of their childhood. I hope the pictures from the storybook will remind them (and us parents) of the amazing experiences they’ve had growing up and remember how much they’re loved because we made it a priority to spend time connecting and bonding with them.