Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer — pools are opened, grills are uncovered and sprinklers are set up in the backyard. I’m ready for summer and all that it brings, but we’re working hard to be intentional about our summer as a time to make memories with the girls and get refreshed!
Last year I shared a list of 101 ways to embrace summer, including places to go, things to do, ways to make it intentional, etc. This year, I’m adding to that list with 101 more activities, crafts and recipes for your summer fun.
There’s no reason to try to accomplish all of these things this summer; just pick and choose a few favorites and start there!
3. Build a drive-thru bike wash.
4. Set up an outdoor mud kitchen.
5. Make homemade butter in a jar.
6. Build a trash bot or styrofoam monster.
9. Learn to macrame.
10. And make friendship bracelets.
13. Make an archery set.
15. Decorate flip flops.
16. Make a beach mobile.
18. Make a geoboard.
19. Make watermelon slushies.
20. Make a paper plate sundial.
21. Create a cool-off zone.
24. Decorate your lawn with flour.
25. Make bouncy balls.
26. Play outdoor tic-tac-toe.
27. Set up a tin foil river.
28. And make some handmade boats.
31. Set up water gun targets.
33. Make tie-dye socks.
35. Have an outdoor movie night.
37. Make peg dolls.
38. Make butterfly sun catchers.
39. Make magic bean mosaics.
40. Make a magnifying waterscope.
42. Make DIY rain sticks.
44. Make a lava lamp.
45. Repurpose a soda bottle into a DIY sprinkler.
47. Make giant bubbles.
48. Or bouncing bubbles.
49. Make water balloon pinatas.
53. Make a tabletop fairy garden.
54. Study how puddles evaporate.
55. Make miniature marshmallow shooters.
56. Make paper leis.
57. Create a raised salt painting.
58. Make treasure stones.
59. Sew beach towel tote bags.
61. Make shaped bubble wands from pipe cleaners.
62. Make rock candy.
63. Toast campfire s’mores.
64. Learn to finger knit.
65. Go fishing with bamboo fishing poles.
68. Make fresh strawberry freezer jam.
71. Grow sunflowers.
73. Grow a plant buddy.
75. Have a sponge ball fight.
76. Make shrinky dinks.
77. Play with ice.
79. Make campfire cones.
80. Make plastic spoon puppets.
82. Make bubble prints.
84. Paint with flyswatters.
85. Make dancing oobleck.
88. Play velcro catch ball.
89. Make family stepping stones.
92. Play with your shadows.
93. Build a waterfall water wall.
94. Make marshmallow animals.
95. Create permanent sand sculptures with sand clay.
96. Make ice cube boats.
97. Make a DIY twister mat on the grass.
98. Make root beer float popsicles.
99. Decorate popsicle stick bracelets.
101. Make a summer scrapbook.
- Confident Mom’s Summer Survival Calendar
- Life as Mom’s Summer Survival Guide
- Amanda Soule’s The Creative Family
- Jennifer Ward’s I Love Dirt
What’s on your summer bucket list this year?