“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
― Dolly Parton
Most people think of a bucket list as all the things you want to do in life before you die, but it can also be all the things you want to do during a short period of time. I say have fun and create a bucket list for the different seasons, a semester of school, summer break, to celebrate a milestone in life and any other reason you can think of. They key is to continue to create life experiences. If you don’t fully understand why you should have a bucket list, read my earlier post: 5 Reasons Everyone Should Have a Bucket List.
Family bucket lists are important, especially if you have children, because it’s a chance to teach your kids about using their imagination, dreaming, setting goals, and working as a team. It’s just a great way to teach life lessons while creating memorable experiences and it’s sure to bring you closer as a family. Keep in mind the activities you put on your list don’t have to be expensive or one in a lifetime experiences. The key is to get the whole family involved and don’t be afraid to try new things.
I have a friend who has focused on introducing her children to new activities for so long that when her son turned 16 recently, he didn’t ask for a party. Instead, he wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise with his family. Talk about creating memories! Not only is that an experience a lot of adults are still dreaming about, but it’s a trip he and his younger brother will remember for the rest of their lives. Hopefully, creating a bucket list will be an activity they will both carry on once they have families of their own.
Today, I’d like to share some ideas for creating a family bucket list for the winter season. If you’re anything like me and you dread cold weather, having activities to look forward to will make the winter time more enjoyable and maybe even create some family traditions. When you’re ready to make your list, be sure to let the whole family share their ideas. Write down the things you’re going to accomplish in this season and post it in an area where everyone can see it. I suggest posting it because it will keep everyone focused and excited. Now, let the fun begin!
Here are my 35 ideas for a winter bucket list:
1. Big Paper Snowflakes
2. Frosty Pinecones
3. Indoor Snowballs
4. Make snow globes
5. Duck taped sleds
6. Rock painting
7. Fly a homemade kite
8. Create your own ice sculptures
** If you’d rather watch a video, don’t forget to search YouTube**
9. Photography challenge – Give everyone a disposable camera to take pictures of their favorite winter things and compile a scrapbook afterwards.
10. Winter scavenger hunt – Make a list of things you might see during the winter season and mark them off until the list is complete. (Also, a great activity for road trips)
11. Visit a state park – This is an inexpensive way to get the family to stay active while enjoying the scenery.
12. Write a play and perform for friends in the neighborhood.
13. Host a potluck “friends-giving” dinner where everyone brings their favorite cold weather dish.
14. Create a family dance video – Don’t worry if you can’t dance.
15. Attend a local festival to enjoy food, music, art, etc.
16. Find your way through a corn maze.
17. Take a hay ride.
18. Go on a “alphabet hunt” – This is sort of like a scavenger hunt except you’re finding things that correspond with the letters of the alphabet.
19. Host a cookie and hot chocolate social.
20. Build a bonfire and roast marshmallows.
21. Attend local library events.
22. Visit art museums – let your kids re-create their favorite painting.
23. Visit an aquarium.
24. Attend a birds of prey exhibit (usually held at state parks).
25. Take a cooking class as a family.
26. Visit an animal safari or petting zoo.
27. Tour local historic attractions.
28. Visit a fire station and learn about fire safety.
29. Collect clothes, hats, gloves, and scarfs to pass out to people who need them.
30. Take baked goods to a nursing home or pass out to your elderly neighbors.
31. Collect canned goods for your local food bank.
32. Gather old blankets and towels to take to your local animal shelter.
33. Give your gently used toys to children in need.
34. Shovel snow off the steps or driveway for a neighbor.
35. Volunteer for a local charity.
This is just a short list of activities to help your family create a winter bucket list. Of course, the most important part is just spending time together and enjoying each other’s company.
What kind of things are you and your family doing to keep winter exciting?