We’re already two weeks into the summer holidays, it goes so quickly! A couple of weeks ago I shared my post on how to make the most of the summer holidays, but I also wanted to do a bucket list of all the things I personally want to do with the girls this summer. A few we’ve already done and there are lots I’m looking forward to trying.
Every year I have the intention of making a holiday scrap book, where we write about our day and stick in pictures and tickets and things we’ve picked up on our day. We’ve never quite got round to doing it properly, except in the Easter holidays this year, when Lila had to do it for her holiday homework. It was so much fun and really made use appreciate all the things we’d done. I’d love to record some of these fun things in our scrap books this year.
Go crabbing. Can you believe we haven’t done this since the last time I blogged about it? I just checked and that was 2013! Definitely time to get the crab line out again and have some fun.
Plant stuff in the garden. I’d love to get some little pots and let the kids choose a few plants to put in them and take care of over the summer.
Match box challenge. I spotted this one in a book. Basically each kid has a little match box and they have to gather tiny things likes stones, seeds, leaves and petals and see what they have found at the end.
Fly a kite. There are few things as satisfying as getting a kite in the air. We have tried many times and succeeded a few!
Build a bug hotel. I’ve wanted to god this forever! All you need to do is gather old tiles, bricks flower pots and bits of wood and stack them up to make a little home for lots of bugs.
Nature rubbings. Simple, classic and fun! All you need is paper and crayons and you can use the rubbings for other crafts and decorations or just stick them in the holiday scrapbook.
Plant a bean wigwam. I have a lot of bamboo sticks left over from something else, so I’m hoping to make a wigwam out of them and then grow beans up them. It will look awesome when it’s done and the kids can enjoy watching it grow.
Paint outside. I love the idea of sitting outside on out picnic blanket with a paint palette and making some nice painting that we can put in our holiday scrapbooks.
Make a sand kingdom. Not just satisfied with sand castles, I like to be a bit extra and create advanced cities in the sand. I can usually be found on the beach organising a troupe of children into digging the deepest moat around our sand kingdom!
Make a mini wildlife pond. I found this one in a book, you basically make a little pond with a plastic box. You need to make sure there is a way for mammals to get out if they accidentally fall in and there are things to add to make it a nice habitat for little creatures. I think this would be so much fun.
Stone painting. Simply find some nice stones and paint them! Cheap, easy and fun!
Go swimming. I absolutely love taking the kids swimming. I’ve booked Lila some intensive swimming lessons over the holidays so she can gain more confidence in the water, so we’ll definitely be practicing a lot.
Den Building. If you’re a long term reader, you’ll know that we really do love e bit of den building. Mostly thanks to the National Trust. We’ll probably do this at some of their properties, but we also have enough branches ing our garden that we can do it at home now too!
Potion making. Basically grabbing lots of stuff and mixing it into a potion, messy? yes. Fun? also yes!
Make friendship bracelets. I’d love for us to make some little friendship bracelets for each other.
Make a mini outdoor farm. Get all the toy farm animals outside and create a lovely outdoor farm for them to play in.
Bake some cakes. I absolutely love baking, but I definitely don’t do it enough with the kids anymore. It’s definitely something I’d like to do a lot in the holidays. We can also go and deliver some of our bakes to friends and family.
Visit 10 different National Trust properties. Like I mentioned in my last post, we like to make the most of our memberships. We live reasonable near quite a few properties, so we’ll often pop to them for short visits in the afternoon. I definitely think 10 is an achievable number.
Watch the sunset over the beach. I’ve booked a few days in Margate for me and the girls and the sunsets are just amazing. We’ll definitely be staying up late to watch the sun set over the beach.
Do lots of bedroom DIY projects with the girls. We’re always working on the girls rooms and we’ve had a few Pinteresty DIY ideas that we’d all like to do together. Watch this space as I think they’ll make good blog posts!
Swim in the sea. No summer holiday is complete without a dip in the sea!
Make the most of the garden. We are so lucky to have a big garden and this year I really want to use it as much as possible. You don’t always need to go far to enjoy lots of outdoor time.
Go on lots of road trips. Last year I really enjoyed just jumping in the car and driving to new places, even if they are not very far. I’d definitely like to go on more adventures this year.
Take lots of Instax pictures. I got Jess an Insta camera for Christmas and I’ve just bought loads of film for it, so we can capture lots of memories over the summer.
See friends and family. I’d definitely like to spend lots of time seeing people we love over the holidays. We’re lucky that both Rob’s parents and mine live close by, so they can expect lots of little visits over the summer.
Have picnics. Picnics are not only fun, but they also save money. So I’ll be carrying snacks, sandwiches and my trusty picnic blanket around with me everywhere!
Go pond dipping. I absolutely love pond dipping, I’m really excited to see what little creatures we can discover.
Give the kids a chance to get snapping. I love taking pictures, but I also love it when I hand the camera over to the kids and let them capture some of their little moments. They always really enjoy it.
Bring back My Week in Pictures. Last summer I did a My Week in Pictures post every week of the holidays. Like my own little diary, mostly of where I’d been and what outfits I wore (my poor kids had to take all my outfit pics!) I’d really like to do it again this year, as they are still some of my favourite ever pics on the blog.
I’m sure I’ll think of loads more things as soon as this post is published, but I think that’s it for now! Fingers crossed we can get a few of these ticked off the list. I might even get my reluctant 12 year old to some of it! hehe. If you have any fun, affordable suggestions let me know. I’m always looking for ideas.
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