Friday, July 4, 2014

Cheapskate Summer Bucket List

Queen Composter is looking for free ways to enjoy the season. 

My Pinterest feed is full of cute ways to document a summer bucket list, along with all the fabulous things to do during the summer. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, however, my summer bucket list will mostly consist of free things to do with my kids. If life gives you lemons, as the saying goes, make lemonade, so I'm excited to try to do as many things with my daughters that will cost little to no money. To continue with the May 30 by 30 Nature Challenge, I hope to have as many bucket list items take place in nature or relate to nature as possible.

  • Go on bike rides as much as possible. 
  • Go to local beaches, if possible on our bikes.
  • Have picnics, and bonus points if at local beaches when we ride our bikes. Do you sense a theme?
  • Pick blackberries in local areas. 
  • Do more geocaching. I've downloaded a couple of free apps for my smart phone that we're enjoying using.
  • Visit our local farmer's market and challenge ourselves to try one new food each time. 
  • Fly a kite at a local park.
  • Learn more about beneficial insects in our garden and try to observe them at work. Bonus points for capturing them with a camera.
  • Clean up trash when we visit places. 
  • Stay up late enough to go stargazing. Bonus points for identifying constellations. 
  • Create our own nature scavenger hunts, then invite friends over to complete them with us. 
  • Make bunting flags for our garden using repurposed clothing and sheets. 
  • Learn how to make yarn from plastic bags or repurposed clothing, then knit baskets. 
  • Make as many crafts as we can from sticks, including fairy furniture, dreamcatchers and nature weaving.
  • Make pressed flower and leaf art.
  • Carve or paint inspirational phrases onto stones. 
  • Lie on the grass and gaze at clouds, describing what we see.
  • Play with mud.
  • Paint images on wood and pavement with water and paint brushes. Wait for them to dry then paint new ones. 
  • Make backyard tents out of blankets. Read books in the tent.
  • Go bird watching, and keep a record of the birds we identify. Bonus points for learning a new fact about each bird.
  • Get up and watch the sunrise.
  • Watch the sunset at a beach.
  • Tell stories around a campfire.
  • Participate in the summer reading club at the library.
  • Make homemade ice cream using local berries.
  • Try making (out of recycled materials) and using a solar oven.
  • Make freezer jam.

I'm excited to get started on this low consumer, low carbon footprint, low cost bucket list. 

How will you be celebrating summer?


Beth said...

Those are all wonderful ideas - nothing cheap about being in tune with your natural world.

Betsy Escandon said...

What a great list! Love that these frugal ideas are all about nature.

Green Bean said...

I want to spend my summer with you! This looks like such a fun list - but of course, you had me when you talked about photographing beneficial insects. Swoon!


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