Trying to figure out how to plan your summer? Here’s how we’re planning ours, plus I’ve got a free printable for your kids summer schedule, goal setting, and more!
Let’s talk about kids summer schedule and planning
We get out of school in less than two weeks, so our summer planning is in full force!
Some years, I don’t set up my kids summer schedule or plan out our summer until school is already out. And then I feel like I’m flailing a bit right at the beginning of the summer.
So this year I’m planning a couple weeks ahead so we’re ready to start enjoying the summer as soon as school gets out.
Here’s how we’re planning our summer
My kids and I both need structure. Many moms and kids love to go with the flow — if that’s you, that’s totally fine! Do what works best for you.
I like a mix of scheduling and go-with-the-flow, but a schedule must be in there somewhere.
Our summer planning session
On Sunday night, I drew out a summer planning sheet for each of my kids.
We talked about summer goals, things they want to do each day, some family summer bucket list ideas, and things they need for the summer.
We also did a large calendaring session and got all of our trips and day camps on the calendar so we have things to look forward to and can plan the rest of our days accordingly!
Some of their entries, if you need some starter ideas:
- Summer goals examples:
- learn how to cook 3 things completely on my own
- go to the park three times a week and practice basketball shooting – 50 layups on each side, 50 free throws, 50 three-point shots
- learn how to ride a bike with pedals (currently using a balance bike)
- Things they need/want examples
- elbow and knee pads for skateboarding
- new swim shirt
- two new pairs of summer shorts
- Daily schedule examples:
- Monday: park for basketball practice, pool, piano practice
- Tuesday: library, piano practice
- Wednesday: park, pool, piano practice
- Family activities examples:
- do a food taste test (we’re thinking salsa tasting this summer!)
- make homemade ice cream
- do an escape room
Here’s the printable if you want a copy for your kids!
Get Your Summer Planning Sheet Below!
Creating a rough summer daily schedule
Once the boys had filled out their printable sheets, I went through everything and make a rough daily schedule that allows me to still get my work done, but also gives us lots of time together, time to work on their summer goals, and plenty of free time.
Our rough daily routine
- Wake up before the kids. Workout and scripture study.
- Morning expectations for the kids (dressed, beds made, teeth brushed, hair done (our daily checklist is here)
- I make them breakfast and then shower/get ready while they eat
- A several hour block of time together doing an indoor or outdoor activity (pool, water park, library, playdate, park, work on their summer skill goals, etc)
- Home for lunch
- My work time block while the boys do quiet time and have free unstructured time. I don’t have a nanny this summer yet, but she’ll come during this time if I hire someone.
- I make dinner
- Dinner together and evening family time
We plan to do a scheduling time each Sunday evening to plan out our morning activities each day, contact any friends we want to play with that week, and decide on our weekend plan.
The Best Boredom Buster Ideas
Boredom for kids is a good thing. I’m sure you know about studies about how boredom leads to our greatest creativity. Yes, yes, and more yes. I give my kids lots of free time and quiet time and their imaginations are HUGE. It’s so good for them.
But sometimes it’s also nice to have a little list of ideas that they can draw from when they’re feeling uninspired…something to get their creative juices flowing again.
So I created this big list of INDOOR BOREDOM BUSTERS + OUTDOOR BOREDOM BUSTERS that you can easily do without much planning or resources. You can print the list easily RIGHT HERE
30+ INDOOR BOREDOM BUSTERS
- Pull out paper cups and try to make the tallest tower you can
- Do a puzzle
- Play a board game together
- Make homemade popsicles
- Create a craft bin with popsicle sticks, stickers, tape, rubber pants, paper clips, clothes pins, etc and let them get creative!
- Play charades together
- Create some sensory bins for your kids to play with
- Build a fort
- Have a dance party
- Make some homemade play dough
- Do a drawing from Art for Kids Hub Youtube Channel
- Make paper airplanes
- Film a lip sync video with choreography
- Write a letter to Grandma and Grandpa or cousins and send it in the mail
- Play a board or card game (my favorites HERE)
- Do a leaf rubbing drawing with crayons
- Learn a new song on the piano
- Write your own story and draw pictures to go with it
- Make bracelets
- Use paper cups as bowling pins and play indoor bowling with whatever ball you have
- Listen to an audiobook (a list of some of our favorites is right HERE)
- Make an afternoon snack together
- Work on your summer skill goal
- Teach a younger sibling how to play a new game
- Learn how to cross-stitch or crochet
- Make bean bags and learn how to play hacky sack or have a bean bag toss
- Print a coloring page off of the internet and color
- Make a cereal necklace with a string and some dry cereal, then go outside and snack on it!
- Use toilet paper/paper towel rolls to create a marble run on the wall or a door
- Turn off the lights and do shadow puppets
- Play dress up
- Roll up your socks and have an indoor snowball fight with the socks
20+ OUTDOOR BOREDOM BUSTERS
- Try a new park together
- Go swimming
- Go to see a matinee movie
- Go to the library
- Go to the zoo
- Call a friend and have a playdate
- Go to a movie in the park
- Run through the sprinklers
- Create a slip and slide
- Go to the splash pad
- Put together a picnic for dinner that night
- Wash the car
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Have a water balloon toss/fight
- Ride your bike
- Take a walk together
- Do bubbles in the backyard
- Go get the mail
- Have a three legged race
- Draw hopscotch on the sidewalk and play
- Fill a big bucket with water and bob for apples
- Make a volcano in the dirt with a soda bottle, soap, baking soda, and vinegar
- Set up an obstacle course and take turns going through it
Leave a comment if you have any other great ideas you’d like to add to this list!
A final thought about planning your kids summer schedule
Every family has such different needs and personalities, so as you make your summer plans, think about your children’s needs, and your personal capacity as a mom.
Don’t set your expectations higher or differently than you can achieve or you’ll just set yourself up for frustration and failure!
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