Summer Challenge Notebook

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This is a fun summer project for teens, tweens, and older kids. I made this for my 12 year old. I bought the little notebook at Hobby Lobby craft store. There is a small pocket in the back of the notebook for her to save tickets and things. I preferred this idea to the summer jar that we did last year because she can save this and look back on it years from now.

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I split each page in half and then wrote a goal that seemed appropriate. Each goal has a small box next to it that she can place a star sticker in upon completion. There ended up being over 300 activities/goals in this book! I will now include a list of some of our ideas to get you started on making one for your child (or yourself).

  1. Swimming
  2. State Park
  3. Bakery
  4. Go to a friend’s house
  5. Beach
  6. Mall
  7. Make cookies
  8. Make a bleach tee
  9. Library (Listed a few different branches that we have near by)
  10. Paint
  11. Make a bird house
  12. Play fetch with a dog
  13. See a mountain
  14. Learn to sew
  15. Make a volcano
  16. Ice-cream cone
  17. Scavenger hunt
  18. Make rock candy
  19. Putt-putt golf
  20. Watch a movie made before 1983
  21. Open a savings account
  22. Borax crystals
  23. Flea market
  24. Farmer’s market
  25. Learn how to cook an egg
  26. Make a dream catcher
  27. Paper plate craft
  28. Ivory soap experiment
  29. Draw
  30. Read a book (This is listed 10 times)
  31. Neighborhood walk
  32. Play a video game
  33. Make a snow globe
  34. Make an ice cream cake
  35. Make a paper or felt fortune cookie
  36. Make a terrarium
  37. Fly a kite
  38. Root beer float
  39. Toilet paper roll French knitting
  40. Plant seeds
  41. Make a lava lamp or bottle
  42. Yard sale
  43. Make something to wear
  44. Flip-flop redo
  45. Make paper clay
  46. Play the Lego game
  47. Make a “dirt” cake
  48. Paint with straws
  49. Make a scarf
  50. Candy store
  51. Tie Dye T-shirt
  52. Pasta Salad (one of our summer traditions)
  53. New bathing suit
  54. Start a fire
  55. Arboretum
  56. Play a board game
  57. Finger paint
  58. Go out for Ice-cream
  59. Visit Grandma
  60. Water balloon fight
  61. Drink an orange soda
  62. Go to Red River Gorge
  63. Go somewhere new (Listed multiple times, space left for her to fill in where she went
  64. Make pizza
  65. Squirt Gun Fight
  66. Baseball game
  67. Make Leaf Bugs (Project we pinned on pinterest)
  68. Learn how to hammer in a nail
  69. Make a craft you find on pinterest
  70. Make a craft (listed a few times)
  71. Make a bracelet
  72. Make a paper star
  73. Play in the hose/sprinkler
  74. Pudding painting
  75. Finger knitting
  76. See a waterfall
  77. Make a bird feeder
  78. Make fudge
  79. Friendship bracelets
  80. Paint a rock
  81. Eat a new fruit
  82. Make a bunny bookmark
  83. Go out to eat
  84. Eat something new
  85. Visit Grandpa
  86. Make/decorate a letter for your bedroom
  87. Make something with a box
  88. Make a wreath
  89. Shake and make ice-cream
  90. Salt painting
  91. Disney movie night
  92. Eat watermelon
  93. Make an eraser stamp
  94. Play Bingo
  95. Bake bread
  96. Backyard bowling
  97. Pet store
  98. origami snail
  99. Fly swatter painting
  100. Watch “The Blob”
  101. Museum
  102. Spa night
  103. Nail decals
  104. Water slide
  105. Side-walk chalk
  106. Glow stick ring toss
  107. Make rain in a jar
  108. Walking water
  109. Go to a nearby town we have never been to
  110. Go hiking
  111. Unpack, organize, and decorate your room (We recently moved and with school she has not had time to settle in.)
  112. Do a science experiment (Listed a few times)
  113. Make a tent
  114. Icee
  115. Have a friend spend the night
  116. Pet a farm animal
  117. Call a friend
  118. Make a recycled bot
  119. Sky parfait
  120. Make homemade puffy paint
  121. Leaf butterflies
  122. Salad on a stick
  123. Spend a day with your Aunt
  124. Backyard camping
  125. Make a craft with a friend
  126. Pom-pom owl
  127. Make a fairy house
  128. Make fake snow
  129. Dachshund Origami
  130. Paint a flower-pot
  131. Tuna can plant holder
  132. Make play dough
  133. Make a star light jar
  134. Make a new friend
  135. Sculpture
  136. Make slime
  137. Play a video game
  138. Paint nails and toe nails
  139. Walk in the woods
  140. Lemonade
  141. Backyard luau
  142. Write a blog entry
  143. Sidewalk paint
  144. Go to a new park
  145. Read poetry
  146. Make hand monsters
  147. Spend a day with your sister
  148. Read a magazine
  149. Eat a salad
  150. Jump rope
  151. Spend a day outside
  152. Temporary tattoos
  153. Dancing raisins
  154. Go see a movie
  155. Mustache on a stick
  156. Eat fried chicken
  157. Try a new food
  158. Water Slide!
  159. Family game night
  160. Walk down a creek
  161. Catch lightning bugs/Fireflies
  162. Fun day with the family
  163. Eat a Frosty
  164. Drink Ice Tea
  165. Water bottle penguin
  166. Go for a walk
  167. Make wind chimes
  168. Make a cute food
  169. Puzzle
  170. Wish on a shooting star
  171. Paint pottery
  172. Go fishing
  173. Tissue paper flower
  174. Listen to music
  175. Go out for frozen yogurt
  176. Play yard scrabble
  177. Hiking
  178. Feed ducks, geese, or fish
  179. Bird feeder
  180. Draw cartoon characters
  181. Cool whip painting
  182. Breakfast for dinner
  183. Rubber band painting
  184. Marshmallow painting
  185. Go downtown in a city. Which city?
  186. Frisbee
  187. Set off a firework
  188. Build a sand castle
  189. Glow sticks
  190. Popcorn
  191. Watch a sunset
  192. Watch a sunrise
  193. Catch bugs
  194. Swing
  195. Go down a slide
  196. Watch a funny movie
  197. Watch a scary movie
  198. Get 150,000 points on Khan Academy
  199. Go on a surprise outing
  200. Color a picture
  201. Campfire cookies
  202. Watch Jaws
  203. Make monkey bread
  204. Soap carving
  205. Take a class or join a group
  206. Cross a river
  207. Look for fossils
  208. Cook or Bake
  209. Make candy necklaces
  210. Picnic
  211. Do something fun with your sister (or brother)
  212. Pipe cleaner animals
  213. Make homemade pasta
  214. Grow carrots in a 2 liter bottle
  215. Make Oobleck
  216. Make pudding pops
  217. Write a poem
  218. Ride an amusement park ride
  219. Eat a hotdog
  220. Eat a hamburger
  221. Make a dissolving egg
  222. Make a pet cloud
  223. Make a house of cards
  224. Ride a Ferris wheel
  225. Sleep until noon
  226. Green eggs and ham tic tac toe
  227. Bouncing bubbles
  228. Fossil Dough
  229. Gak
  230. Jello
  231. Movie theater
  232. Watch a new T.V. Show
  233. Walk a dog
  234. Cook dinner for the family
  235. Chat on the front porch
  236. Finish the summer reading program
  237. Exploding Sandwich Bag
  238. Growing & Shrinking Eggs
  239. No electronics for a whole day
  240. Dance in the rain
  241. Lay on a big blanket outside and read
  242. Watch a movie
  243. Make a bookmark
  244. Scrambled egg in the shell
  245. Painted bread
  246. Sparklers
  247. Movie marathon
  248. Glow dough
  249. Jellyfish in a bottle
  250. Eat corn on the cob
  251. Broken Glass Jello
  252. Dr. Seuss Cookies
  253. Glitter play dough
  254. Play a card game
  255. Visit family you don’t see often
  256. Smores
  257. Climb a tree
  258. Make popsicles
  259. Grow beans
  260. Shadow puppets
  261. Have a sleepover with 2 friends
  262. Foil art
  263. Ice painting
  264. Take at least 50 pictures
  265. Help wash the car
  266. Do something good for the environment
  267. Watch a firework show
  268. Stay up all night
  269. Oil & water
  270. Swim in a lake
  271. Pillow fight with friends
  272. Pick flowers
  273. Catch a frog
  274. Dance
  275. Salami roll-ups
  276. Put on make-up
  277. Facebook chat with a friend
  278. Jump on a trampoline
  279. Make something to wear to school in the fall
  280. Water the flowers
  281. Family Walk
  282. Walk around a small town
  283. Watch a comedy
  284. Watch a horror movie
  285. Eat dinner in the backyard
  286. Play a game
  287. Skip a rock (something she has been trying to figure out)

There’s a whole list of options! I hope your summer is a memorable one!

 

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About Been There with Kids

Wife, Mother of 2, expecting another in June 2016, RN, Traveler, writer at Been There with Kids Loves family travel, the beach, dogs, reading, photography, friendly people, Netflix, Friends, cooking, wine, hiking, and hanging out with my kids Amazed by the Ordinary, Floored by the Extraordinary!
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One Response to Summer Challenge Notebook

  1. Cat says:

    Nice LONG list ya got there 🙂
    Have a great summer!!

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