Finish the Summer Well: 50 Summer Bucket List Ideas for Kids

The days of summer are counting down and moms everywhere are trying to soak up every minute! Here's our list of inspirational activities of all shapes and sizes that are sure to help you enjoy the rest of these sunny days!

When I was a kid I spent most of my summer days outside. Even though I was a big reader and thought curling up on the couch made a perfect day, I was outside a lot. Why? my mom kicked me outside, and she LOCKED the door. I had to find places to go and things to do. Can you relate?

As a mom I worry when my kids don't want to be outside too. With eight kids at home sometimes I hear, “I'm bored.” This means two things: 1. “Mom, entertain me” or 2. “Mom, I want to play on my tablet/watch TV.”

Even though I haven't tried it on my kids, I understand why my mom locked me out. Summer days are perfect for connecting with God in nature and with each other. That doesn't happen glued to the electronics.

Are you ready to finish your summer well? Here are fifty summer bucket list ideas of your kids. Cut out the options and put them in a bucket. Pull out one each day. Or pick your top ten favorite things to do before summer ends.

Don't just think of them as activities to mark off a list. Instead, be diligent to use these ideas to connect with God in nature and connect with friends and family. As you do you're creating wonderful summer memories!

50 Summer Bucket List Ideas

  1. Pick berries
  2. Make a bird feeder from pinecones, peanut butter and bird seed
  3. Start a bug collection
  4. Visit a farm
  5. Throw rocks in a pond
  6. Walk through a forest
  7. Visit a nature museum
  8. Photograph rainbows
  9. Start a bug collection
  10. Roast marshmallows
  11. Visit an aquarium
  12. Hike a trail
  13. Press flowers
  14. Catch frogs and lizards
  15. Record bird calls
  16. Chase fireflies
  17. Study the stars
  18. Go fishing
  19. Plant a garden
  20. Build a fort
  21. Visit a start park
  22. Paint rocks
  23. Chart the weather
  24. Visit the zoo
  25. Make a craft from popsicle sticks and glue
  26. Feed the squirrels
  27. Start a nature journal
  28. Collect sea shells
  29. Build a sand castle
  30. Go on a picnic
  31. Splash in puddles
  32. Dance in the rain
  33. Dig up worms
  34. Have a water fight
  35. Make mud pies
  36. Collect pinecones
  37. Build a fairy house
  38. Draw a tree
  39. Chart phases of the moon
  40. Make a nature scavenger hunt
  41. Feed some ducks
  42. Blow dandelions
  43. Dig a hole
  44. Collect acorns
  45. Mimic a bird song
  46. Make a flower crown
  47. Follow an ant trail
  48. Roll down a hill
  49. Write a nature poem
  50. Smell flowers

Every summer day you experience together is like a story tucked away in your child's heart. Make yours full of laughter and togetherness!

What about you? What is left on your summer bucket list?


Tricia Goyer,

Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published fifty books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. To connect with Tricia go to or

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