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

  1. Pull out paper cups and try to make the tallest tower you can
  2. Do a puzzle
  3. Play a board game together
  4. Make homemade popsicles
  5. Create a craft bin with popsicle sticks, stickers, tape, rubber pants, paper clips, clothes pins, etc and let them get creative!
  6. Play charades together
  7. Create some sensory bins for your kids to play with
  8. Build a fort
  9. Have a dance party
  10. Make some homemade play dough
  11. Do a drawing from Art for Kids Hub Youtube Channel
  12. Make paper airplanes
  13. Film a lip sync video with choreography
  14. Write a letter to Grandma and Grandpa or cousins and send it in the mail
  15. Play a board or card game (my favorites HERE)
  16. Do a leaf rubbing drawing with crayons
  17. Learn a new song on the piano
  18. Write your own story and draw pictures to go with it
  19. Make bracelets
  20. Use paper cups as bowling pins and play indoor bowling with whatever ball you have
  21. Listen to an audiobook (a list of some of our favorites is right HERE)
  22. Make an afternoon snack together
  23. Work on your summer skill goal
  24. Teach a younger sibling how to play a new game
  25. Learn how to cross-stitch or crochet
  26. Make bean bags and learn how to play hacky sack or have a bean bag toss
  27. Print a coloring page off of the internet and color
  28. Make a cereal necklace with a string and some dry cereal, then go outside and snack on it!
  29. Use toilet paper/paper towel rolls to create a marble run on the wall or a door
  30. Turn off the lights and do shadow puppets
  31. Play dress up
  32. Roll up your socks and have an indoor snowball fight with the socks

20+ OUTDOOR BOREDOM BUSTERS

  1. Try a new park together
  2. Go swimming
  3. Go to see a matinee movie
  4. Go to the library
  5. Go to the zoo
  6. Call a friend and have a playdate
  7. Go to a movie in the park
  8. Run through the sprinklers
  9. Create a slip and slide
  10. Go to the splash pad
  11. Put together a picnic for dinner that night
  12. Wash the car
  13. Sidewalk Chalk
  14. Have a water balloon toss/fight
  15. Ride your bike
  16. Take a walk together
  17. Do bubbles in the backyard
  18. Go get the mail
  19. Have a three legged race
  20. Draw hopscotch on the sidewalk and play
  21. Fill a big bucket with water and bob for apples
  22. Make a volcano in the dirt with a soda bottle, soap, baking soda, and vinegar
  23. Set up an obstacle course and take turns going through it

PRINT THIS ENTIRE LIST RIGHT HERE

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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How We Plan Our Summer and 50+ Boredom Busters

planning our summer

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!


How to plan your summer

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.

our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe

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

  1. Pull out paper cups and try to make the tallest tower you can
  2. Do a puzzle
  3. Play a board game together
  4. Make homemade popsicles
  5. Create a craft bin with popsicle sticks, stickers, tape, rubber pants, paper clips, clothes pins, etc and let them get creative!
  6. Play charades together
  7. Create some sensory bins for your kids to play with
  8. Build a fort
  9. Have a dance party
  10. Make some homemade play dough
  11. Do a drawing from Art for Kids Hub Youtube Channel
  12. Make paper airplanes
  13. Film a lip sync video with choreography
  14. Write a letter to Grandma and Grandpa or cousins and send it in the mail
  15. Play a board or card game (my favorites HERE)
  16. Do a leaf rubbing drawing with crayons
  17. Learn a new song on the piano
  18. Write your own story and draw pictures to go with it
  19. Make bracelets
  20. Use paper cups as bowling pins and play indoor bowling with whatever ball you have
  21. Listen to an audiobook (a list of some of our favorites is right HERE)
  22. Make an afternoon snack together
  23. Work on your summer skill goal
  24. Teach a younger sibling how to play a new game
  25. Learn how to cross-stitch or crochet
  26. Make bean bags and learn how to play hacky sack or have a bean bag toss
  27. Print a coloring page off of the internet and color
  28. Make a cereal necklace with a string and some dry cereal, then go outside and snack on it!
  29. Use toilet paper/paper towel rolls to create a marble run on the wall or a door
  30. Turn off the lights and do shadow puppets
  31. Play dress up
  32. Roll up your socks and have an indoor snowball fight with the socks

 

20+ OUTDOOR BOREDOM BUSTERS

  1. Try a new park together
  2. Go swimming
  3. Go to see a matinee movie
  4. Go to the library
  5. Go to the zoo
  6. Call a friend and have a playdate
  7. Go to a movie in the park
  8. Run through the sprinklers
  9. Create a slip and slide
  10. Go to the splash pad
  11. Put together a picnic for dinner that night
  12. Wash the car
  13. Sidewalk Chalk
  14. Have a water balloon toss/fight
  15. Ride your bike
  16. Take a walk together
  17. Do bubbles in the backyard
  18. Go get the mail
  19. Have a three legged race
  20. Draw hopscotch on the sidewalk and play
  21. Fill a big bucket with water and bob for apples
  22. Make a volcano in the dirt with a soda bottle, soap, baking soda, and vinegar
  23. Set up an obstacle course and take turns going through it

PRINT THIS ENTIRE LIST RIGHT HERE

 

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!

 

IF YOU LIKED THIS POST, YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE THESE POSTS

 

14 Comments

  1. Torrie says:

    Because my daughter isn’t in school yet, this is actually very similar to the schedule we follow year-round, and it really does make a difference! We do something every morning (although I totally count grocery shopping as a “fun” morning activity since she still loves it), and that leaves the afternoons free for her to take a nap and for me to blog or work on the house. I’ve been so consistent at planning something nearly every morning that she’s learned to ask me first thing after waking up what we’re doing that day, and it’s been really good for both of us to have that structure and something outside of the house to look forward to.

    Since we’re pretty constrained on budget, we can’t do a ton of big family things, but we DO make sure we have at least one family “day adventure” every single month. Often, it’s something inexpensive or free (this month’s was a picnic at the park and flying kites), but occasionally we’ll splurge and do something bigger.

  2. jan says:

    Boredom isn’t always bad. As you go through life you won’t be able to fit every spare minute with activities, so teaching your child to be o.k. with boredom and o.k. with their own quiet thoughts, is also a useful skill. I love the lazy days of summer and don’t schedule or plan anything (except trips which require it). There aren’t enough days in life where you don’t have to live by a schedule or a to-do list and my memories of my childhood summers weren’t about where we went or what we did but about that feeling of freedom. Of just being.

    Our summer plans def. include lots of boredom.

    (just another viewpoint). 😉

    • Merrick says:

      Yes, I totally agree! This is exactly why we do quiet time in our home – lots of time to think, be silent, and be creative.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  3. Meagen Scott says:

    One thing i Didnt see on the list but love is volunteering for older kids. Its never too early to starT maKing kids feel like THEy CAN be productive members of society. I BELIEVE kids should learn early that life doesnt REVOLVE around them and give back.

  4. Charity says:

    I love this post! Thank you for Sharing all of your pOsitivity!! ♥️♥️♥️

  5. Kristen L. says:

    Hi merrick! I know you’ve had it for a while, but where was your striped, collared shirt from? I remember loving it when you first posted it with your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and your post today reminded me! Thanks!

  6. Christine says:

    This post is amazing! I am a New(Ish) stepmom and a teacher and i am planning to help give structure to our summer with a ton of these ideas. Thank you for helping me build a good relationship with my stepdaughters!

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  9. Mary says:

    THANKS FOR SHARING THIS POST! GREAT IDEAS! I AM DREAMING ABOUT SUMMERTIME!

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