Winter Bucket List For Kids
Its almost time for our long winter break. For most adults that means still working besides three days off (unless you are a school teacher). But for kids that means 2-4 weeks off. They can sit watching tv, playing on their electronics or texting their friends for a month or you can take some time off of work (or maybe you are a stay-at-home parent or work-at-home parent to make it easier). You can check out some local things to do in your state or area or you can do a staycation and enjoy time at home, having fun and making memories.
1- Bake bake bake! Cookies, muffins, cupcakes, etc. You can do these for dessert, a cookie exchange, bring treats to your local fire department or share with a neighbor. I love the easy kits from Scratch & Grain Baking. I got four boxes from them; Holiday cupcakes, pumpkin bars, honey cornbread and chocolate chip cookies. Each kit has everything individually wrapped so measuring isn’t needed. The its just need wet ingredients; water, eggs, milk and/or butter. Instructions are really easy to follow. End results are something to share.
2- Teach your kids how to do Bullet Journaling (or learn yourself at the same time too). Its a great way to do some creative writing, planning, brain dumping, time management, and more. Use personalized folders for each kid to make them extra special. I love these by Gotcha Covered. I got one for each kid and my nieces and nephews so we can do it together. Once they learn how to Bullet Journal they can do it on their own or together whenever they want.
3- Learn a new trend, rock painting. People all over are painting rocks and hiding them (in plain sight) for others to find. Some create stickers on the backside with a link or hashtag posting when and where they found the rock. Supplies are basic. Acrylic paints, newspaper (to put under everything while painting), brushes and some people use stencils and drill bits or the tips of pencils to make small dots.
4- Make slime. You can make your own slime with a few simple ingredients and have fun for hours. You can make regular slime, scented, glow-in-the-dark or even glitter slime. We have used slime kits and make slime from scratch. Kids like both ways.
5- Go For A Swim.. in a way you always dreamed. I know when I was a kid I loved swimming with my legs together and my arms at my sides and pretended I was a mermaid. Now kids, teens and adults can have a mermaid tail with a a flipper set. These gorgous tails come in a sorts of colors and patterns. Sun Tails has matching tops, bathing suits and accessories too. If you are somewhere warm, like us in California, than most of December is warm outside. Just find a heated pool or indoor pool to swim in.
6- Go fishing. Find a local lake, pier, beach or river and throw out some lines. This is a great way to relax and chat. We have enough great weather that we only need a sweater. I also pack a chair, some drinks and snacks. My son can fish for hours and we can have some great conversations.
7- Create some music together. My kids know a few instruments each. One can play violin, ukulele, piano and is learning guitar. The other can play violin, stand up base, cello and a tiny bit of guitar. Both love creating music in new ways. My son loves finding the music to favorite bands online and playing them. My daughter plays in the high school church band. I love hearing them play. I recently got them a Stylophone GenX-1 portable synthesizer. They can have fun with it at church, the beach, friends’ houses, etc learning to make sounds they’ll love.
No matter what you do, find things you and your family enjoy. You don’t need to spend a lot of money. Search for community events, charities that need help at Christmas, craft ideas on Pinterst. I even like looking on Groupon for new deals (I sometimes find deals for places that sound interested that I’d never heard of). Make your own Winter Bucket List. Let everyone in the family come up with ideas. Check them off as you accomplish the list.