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Summertime Activities Bucket List {free printables}

Today I would love to share a little Summertime project with you –
Our Family Summer Bucket List!!
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A few months ago I spied this $1 vintage lunchbox at my local thrift store.
It was beat up, but had so much character.
I didn’t know what I would do with it, but I knew I needed to buy it.
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Fast forward a couple of months, my kids are on the verge of Summer Vacation.
I am so excited to have them home and do some fun things.
Last Summer it seemed like there were Summer lists all over the place. I loved that idea and thought it would be fun to do something like that and incorporate my sweet lunchbox.
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My husband helped me make up a cute printable for this project. I made a little sign for the front of the lunchbox. And then a smaller version for the summer activities.  

Our family came up with about 50 ideas that would be fun to do in the Summer.
I love all of the bright colors!!

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I also made up a blank sheet that you can print off and write or type your own ideas. I took all of the sheets down to my local Kinkos and laminated them. That way we can use them over again every year. And, I laminated the blank sheet and we can use it with white board markers each year too. It just wipes off when we are done with that activity.
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I spray painted the lunch box a happy color. And then I took an Ikea glass bottle and filled it up with colorful candies and put another of the main labels on it. That way my kids can take turns picking an activity. And when it is their turn they get a little treat too.
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Another idea you could do with the printables is attach them to a magnet board and take the ones down after you are done with them. And, if you don’t have a lunchbox, you can use a plastic bin or even a shoe box to keep your summertime ideas.
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We are really excited for Summer to start so we can start doing the things on our Summer Bucket List.
I think it’s going to be so fun!!!

Here are the files to download:
Activity Cards:

Summer Bucket List Labels-samples-tatertotsandjello

Label: Summer Bucket List Label-tatertotsandjelloBlank Activity Cards: Summer Bucket List Labels- Blank-tatertotsandjelloI  shared this tutorial with Amy at Positively Splendid’s Summer Survival Guide.
Be sure to check out all of the fun Summertime ideas!!
Positively Splendid
Have a Super Day!!!! 
PS I’m working on a slipcover project today.
I am excited to share it with you!!
What are YOU doing today?


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  2. This is such a great idea! Thanks so much!

  3. I am a new “Empty Nester” and I am going to adapt this idea for my husband and I this summer. All work and no play is boring. Thanks fro sharing your ideas!

  4. Thank you for including your list – I love to see other people’s ideas to snitch and to add our own to.

  5. Allie Chapman says:


  6. Events DEE-signed says:

    I love, love, LOVE this idea. Maybe I can use it to even get my teenagers to have some fun with me!!

  7. I just blogged about your wonderful cards.


  8. Natalie says:

    Just posted about how we're using your free printables! Thanks so much! My kids loved it and I did too! http://aturtleslifeforme.blogspot.com/2011/06/ode-to-summer.html

  9. Salena Begley says:

    Super cute and fun. Thanks for sharing!!!

  10. This is such a creative idea!!!Thanks so much for sharing it…

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  11. kirstikoo says:

    What a great way to organize our summer goals and wishes!! Thanks so much for the printable. I featured you on my blog with other great Summer ideas: http://kirstikoo.blogspot.com/2011/06/best-summertime-activities-printables.html
    Come say hi and thanks again for sharing!

  12. Thanks so much! A month of our summer is GONE and while I love watching iCarly with my girls, I doubt they will think back to this summer with fond memories of Nickelodeon…
    I am so excited to bust this out on Family Home Evening!
    Thanks again!

  13. Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma says:

    i swear that was my dad's lunchbox circa 1983~love it! {I actually collect 80s lunchboxes and lunchboxes in general…they make for such fun storage}.

    Reusable tags for a bucket list is a great idea. I only did 20 things for our summer…my boys are still young {3 and 1}, and I can't wait to do things like lemonade stands and slip and slides…


  14. Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun says:

    featured this today on my blog


  15. What a creative idea! I did something similar non-techy due to limited resources back in 80-90's for my girls! Loved spending time with my girls doing random summer bucket list items! Enjoy your summer!:)http://feeds.feedburner.com/SteppingBackInTimeWithMyCherishedCookbooks

  16. Just wanted to stop by and say a HUGE thank you for the bucket list idea! We have been doing it since June 1 and it's been the BIGGEST hit with my 3 year old. She wakes up everyday asking what we're doing off our bucket list, it's such a happy, positive thing and I appreciate the share!

  17. Anders Ruff Custom Designs says:

    Adorable ideas!

  18. Desiree @ The 36th Avenue says:

    What a great idea… Love it!

  19. Michelle says:

    That is such a cute idea!!

  20. What a cute idea. Another must add activity!

  21. Great list! Thanks so much for sharing. It is great to see so many blogs out there dedicated to what we love, no, obsess over!

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  22. Oh my gosh that is so cute!! Love it.

  23. Natalie@Endless Crafting says:

    Great ideas..we printed ours out yesterday and put it in a glass mason jar added the cute label you provided and covered the lid with cute fabric. Everyone is excited to get summer rolling! Thanks for the printables!

  24. highheels2flipflops says:

    Such a GREAT idea! I will be using a lot of those ideas with my little ones. Thank you!!

  25. I usually just do a list on the chalkboard that we come up with! Hmmm, magnetic board sounds great. I love it Jen! Thanks for sharing the free printables…props to hubby too!

    Hope you are having a great Tuesday. I'm looking forward to seeing your chevron chair.

  26. What a fun project! Maybe I should start thinking about what to do in summer. I'll ask to my daughter…

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  27. Britney Jean says:

    i love this! thanks for sharing! i might have to use this next summer when my son is actually old enough to do these things :)

  28. Emily Kate says:

    Awesome idea. Your creativity is mind blowing!

  29. A look inside.... says:

    This is such a creative idea!!! Thanks for making the labels!!! You have made this project super easy for everyone!! :)

  30. Sue Rogers7 says:

    Thank you so much for these great ideas! I can't wait to make up my bucket!

  31. Connie Weiss says:

    FAbulous ideas!

    I love that lunch box! It's just like one my Dad used to carry to work.

  32. your such a great mommy! Have a fun fun summer

  33. Resourceful Red says:

    such a cute idea!! thank you for sharing!!!

  34. Vanilla Bean Crafts says:

    How cute! An actual bucket!!

  35. Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy says:

    That is such a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing!

  36. The Miller Five says:

    Thanks for the great ideas! I'm drooling over that lunchbox. What an incredible find!

  37. Great idea, and I love what you did with the lunch box! The printables look so happy and cheerful! I'm hosting a link-up for "Summer School" goals and activities, I'd love it if you stopped by and linked up!


  38. Huggs and Kisses xo says:

    What a great idea!! Today I am working and recovering from a funfilled trip to Chicago for a soccer tournament. :) Have a great week!!

  39. deesdailynews says:

    What a great idea! I am going to make this for my youngest son.

  40. Kristen Duke Photography says:

    I'm working on our summer fun jar today, this is a great twist! I am so bummed I didn't get to meet you last week when I was in Utah. I heard you were sick…I hope you are all better!

  41. ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com says:

    Great and fun idea! I did a list last summer and it was fun. I haven't thought about it for this summer yet. They are getting big and doing so many things on their own. I hope we'll have some family time to enjoy.

  42. Chrystal's Corner says:

    I LOVE this! Really making the most of the family time summer makes available. Just think, when fall comes again you will have a tangible list of things you accomplished with your summer! And memories to boot:)
    Maybe you could start a summer bucket list album to go with it – if you use the printable cards you could have pictures to go with each activity. Just a thought!

  43. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    Jen this is such an adorable idea! It looks like you are going to have a fun summer:)

  44. Lindsay says:

    What a great idea Jen! I love that in incorporates the whole fam! :)

  45. Theresa says:

    What a fantastic idea! Seems everyone is coming up with fun ways to celebrate summer…I should start my planning, eh? Cheers!
    Miss Charlotte

  46. Kathleen says:

    Jen, this is such an awesome idea! I pinned it to my pinterest :) My kids are all grown but if I have grandkids I will adapt your idea to fit. Thanks so much!

  47. Two Shades of Pink says:

    I did one of these last year too and I really did to do it again! I LOVE the reusable tags…so smart. And I love that you can get the kids involved too.

  48. what a great idea,, love this,,

  49. Jenni Price Pancake Art says:

    I was just sitting here thinking about summer schedules and things to do with my kids when I saw your post in my reader. Great idea!

    What I also like is that when summer ends, you'll know that your kids got to do the things they really wanted to do.


  50. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    What a great idea, Jen! I love this! Very colorful, too. I almost wish my kids were younger again. Almost. ; ) Have a wonderful Summer with them!

  51. LissyLou says:

    love love love these ideas xx

  52. Hi! I’ve just discovered your blog and it’s fantastic. My favourite label is “watch for shooting stars”. Best regards from Barcelona, Spain,

  53. Sylvie Créative says:

    Cute, cute!

  54. Jayna Rae says:

    I actually need to continue working on my slipcovers for my sectional. I am having a Scentsy party on Friday and I still have a ton of couch to slipcover. I think I have about 1/4 done.


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