Home School Life Journal

Home School Life Journal
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales
painting by Katie Bergenholtz

Summer Bucket List for Families


June 21:Tie Dye Party
June 22: Decorate Walking Sticks
June 23: Letterboxing

June 24: Glow Stick Man





June 30: Summer Watermelon Treat Packets


July 1: Seafood Boil at Home


July 2: Make a Zoom "Ball"


July 3: Fizzy Explosion Bags


July 4: Make Red, White and Blue Firecracker Jello Cups

July 5: Operation Rescue Super Heroes

July 6: Make a Mini Mint Garden

July 7: Make Your Own Gem Mine

July 8: Make Ladybug Cookies

July 9: Take a Firefly Walk

July 10: Make a Windsock

July 11: Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Homemade Ice Cream Maker


July 12: Make a Watermelon Cake

July 13: Make a Solar S'mores Maker

July 14: Make a Balloon Rocket

July 15: Make an Edible Sand Dessert


July 16: Make a Watermelon Picnic Blanket or Tablecloth


July 17: Make a Summer Journal


July 18: Play Pooh Sticks

July 19: Make a Strawberry Fizz

July 20: Do Suminagashi: The Art of Japanese Paper Marbling

July 21: Visit a Local Cultural Store
July 22: Make Bejeweled Goblets

July 23: Make a Watermelon Shark for Shark week.

July 24: Make ice cube boats.

July 25: Have Christmas in July.

July 26: Make an Ivory soap cloud.

July 27: Make Baby Bel umbrellas.

July 28: Make collage art.

July 29: Make cucumber boats.

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July 30: Make sand dollar cookies.

July 31: Make a tea bag rocket.

August 1: Have a Bird Race

August 2: Make Beads

August 3: Make Dandelion Chains

August 4: Make Clothespin Dolls

August 5: Make a Dream Catcher

August 6: Make a Giant Bubble Wand

August 7: Make Coffee Can Stilts

August 8: Make Cosmic Sponge Balls

August 9: Make Twig and Maple Seed Dragonflies

August 10: Paint with Bubbles
August 11: Make Juice Box Boats
August 12: Make Firefly Lanterns
August 13: Make Potato Prints on Fabric
August 14: Make Campfire Sundaes
August 15: Climb
August 16: Make Magic Color Changing Drinks
August 17: Go to a Pick-Your-Own Place
August 18: Make a Watermelon Slushie
August 19: Make Cloud Parfaits
August 20: Make a Light-bulb Light up Without a Socket
August 21: Make Your Own Slime
August 22: Have an Exotic Fruit Tasting
August 23: Make a Sandcastle Treat
August 24: Make No-Sew T-Shirt Bags
August 25: Paint En Plein Air
August 26: Make a Mini Cream Pie Bar
August 27: Have a Home Movie Night
August 28: Make Your Own Sushi
August 29: Make Your Own Gak
August 30: Make Plaintain Shooters
August 31: Make Bird Puppets

{More to Come: Check back for activities for each day of summer!}

Summer "Bucket" List: Make Twig and Maple Seed Dragonflies


This made-from-natural-materials dragonflies are simple to make...
with a little adult help. First have your kids collect small thin twigs for the bodies and Maple seeds for the wings. An adult then needs to use a glue gun to attach the Maple seeds to the twigs.
Kids can decorate them however they wish. We used glitter glue...by painting it on the wings for that translucent sparkle of dragonflies.
You could use glue and sprinkle on glitter instead.

Next, glue gun on some small beads for the eyes. We only had white beads, but a darker color like brown might look more realistic.

You can use a glue gun to attach a little clip or a piece of thick metal to clip them to a curtain or to in a planter. Or, you could tie a clear cord to it to hang it from the ceiling.

source: This idea came from Twig and Toadstool.

originally posted Sep 5, 2010