The ultimate summer holidays bucket list for kids under 5

The ultimate summer holidays bucket list for kids under 5

The summer holidays are almost here, who’s freaking out? I’m feeling quite relaxed about the whole thing, which is surprising! Having two kids at home is never easy so that’s why I’m planning on getting out of the house with Leo and Alex as much as possible. 6 weeks is a long time and it can be hard to come up with enough fun ideas to keep the kids entertained. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking there is nothing more frustrating than hearing your child say ‘I’m bored!’ about a billion times a day. This year I have decided that preparation is key and you can’t get more organised than a list. If you are wondering how to keep your little ones entertained this summer too, here is my summer holiday bucket list for kids under 5, there’s an activity for every day. I hope it helps to eliminate your summer holiday ‘I’m bored’ fears and that you and the kids have a lovely summer break making magical memories.

The ultimate summer holidays bucket list for children under 5

1. Swim in the sea

2. Go for a picnic in the park

3. Have a water fight in the garden

4. Go to the cinema

5. Bake some cakes

6. Explore rock pools

7. Build a den in the woods

8. Spend the day building Lego creations

9. Face painting

10. Play with play doh

11. Visit a castle

12. Have a movie day

13. Go for a woodland walk

14. Have a play date with friends

15. Go on a bike ride

16. Take a trip to the zoo

17. Make hand and foot print paintings

18. Feed the ducks in the park

19. Go to soft play

20. Visit a national trust property

21. Build sandcastles at the beach

summer holiday bucket list

22. Read books in the library

23. Go to the swimming pool

24. Visit an aquarium

25. Make biscuits with cookie cutters

26. Spend the day with family

27. Have a teddy bears picnic in the garden

28. Visit a theme park

29. Camp in the garden

30. Have a crafternoon

31. Play hide and seek

32. Collect shells on the beach

33. Visit a garden centre

34. Eat ice cream at the sea side

35. Do chalk drawings on the garden paving stones

36. Go to a summer fete or carnival

37. Visit a farm

38. Watch a family show in the theatre

39. Go fishing with a net in the river

40. Visit a pick your own farm

41. Play board games

42. Have a family treasure hunt

I hope this list has given you lots of inspiration for the summer holidays! The six weeks can feel like a really long time but as long as you have lots of stuff planned then the holidays can be really fun too. promise.

** Want this bucket list as a printed version to stick on your fridge? No problem! Here is a free printable of the bucket list, I hope you have lots of fun ticking everything off the list this summer **

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What are your plans for the summer holidays? I hope you have a lovely time and six weeks of 24/7 Mum life doesn’t drive you too crazy.

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  1. July 17, 2018 / 8:15 am

    Everyone has been sharing their Summer bucket lists, we’ve never had one before but I want to make one now too! What a great way to keep track of things.
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  2. July 17, 2018 / 10:08 am

    Its really hard this summer to do anything as it’s way too hot for the twins to be out as they’re so tiny and even hats and parasols arent protecting them enough 🙁 We have a holiday to Centre Parcs in September though and Butlins next year so I’m sure they’ll get to experience a bit more in the cooler weather! I currently want to lay in a cold pool 24/7!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

  3. July 17, 2018 / 1:50 pm

    Love this list and totally need it in my life with the summer holidays about to start. Off to Pin this now for the weeks ahead! x

  4. July 17, 2018 / 3:24 pm

    What a great list. We use to love lots of ideas when mine were little. I think my Daughter would still like lots of these ideas 🙂

  5. July 17, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Love this! So many good ideas on here – and great for my 7 year old too I reckon! Love the idea of a crafternoon! xx

  6. July 18, 2018 / 11:59 am

    This really is the ultimate summer bucket list! #TriumphantTales

  7. July 18, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    This is such a good idea. It gives me some ideas for entertaining my son during the summer. I love bucket lists like these!

  8. July 20, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    I love your ultimate summer holidays bucket list for children article, will share this with my uncle and his family.