How to Create a Family Bucket List With Your Kids

Do you encourage your kids to dream big?

Are there adventures you’d love to experience together as a family?

Write them down so you’ll have options on hand at a moment’s notice.

In this article I’ll show you how to create a family bucket list.

First you and your kids will share dreams of places to go and things to do together. Then you’ll organize, prioritize and turn your wish list into tangible goals with a fun family project.

Want to have ongoing adventures with your kids? Create a family bucket list of things you'd like to do and a bucket full of memories to remember all the fun.

Why Build a Bucket List?

A bucket list consists of things you want to do in your lifetime (before you “kick the bucket”).

The expression has been expanded to include goals people want to achieve within other time frames as well: before certain birthdays or life events, before holidays or vacations come to an end, before the kids reach a certain age, etc.

The bucket list concept has been around for a while and got a boost in popularity by The Bucket List movie, but it may be new to your children. Once you explain that it’s a way to think of the fun things you’d like to do together, they’re sure to get on board right away with lots of ideas!

It’s fun and exciting to come up with goals using input from the whole family. Kids love to feel that their contributions count.

For this adventure, you’ll actually make a special bucket, then gather, create and preserve a bucketful of family memories.

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20 Back-to-School Teacher Gifts to Make With Your Kids

Are your kids nervous about meeting their new teachers?

Want to find a way to ease the transition?

Work with your kids to make a teacher back-to-school present.

When you make a gift for your child’s teacher, you create a connection from the get-go.

The team at My Kids’ Adventures scoured the web for the best teacher gift ideas.

In this article I’ll share five fun things you can make to welcome your child’s teacher back to school and start the year off with a smile.

Kids going back to school? Make teacher gifts together to ease kids into their new schedule, show teachers you care and get the year off to a great start.

Why Make Teacher Gifts?

No matter how big your kids get, the transition from summer vacation to the start of a new school year can be a challenge. This can be especially difficult for young kids.

When you work together to make something for your kids’ teachers, it will help your kids get prepared for and even a little excited about the new school year.

Teacher gifts are also a great way to introduce your family to your kids’ new teachers and let them know they’re appreciated from the very start.

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How to Explore Caves With Your Kids: Spelunking Basics

Do your kids like to explore the great outdoors?

Want to add an exciting extra element to your next hiking, camping or vacation adventure?

Go spelunking (cave exploring) with your kids and introduce them to parts of the world they’ve probably never seen before.

In this article I’ll explain spelunking basics, and share what you need to know before you try caving with your family.

Ever been in a cave? Try spelunking (cave exploring) with your kids and discover incredible, hidden places, formed by nature. Caving basics for new explorers.

Why Go Spelunking?

There’s a reason that caves are a common setting in literature, TV, movies, mythology and even non-fiction stories: Caves are cool, dark and mysterious! These incredible hidden places, formed by nature, just beg to be explored by kids and grownups alike.

You probably won’t find a dragon or pirate’s treasure or even a hibernating bear on your spelunking adventure, but you and your family will see and experience wondrous things that stimulate kids’ imaginations and curiosity about the natural world.

When you explore a cave as a family, you’ll have both an exciting outdoor adventure and a fun learning experience that everyone will remember for a long time.

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Watching Wildlife With Your Kids: A Fun Way to Get Outside Together

podcast iconDo your kids love bugs, birds and other critters?

Want to find ways to get them to enjoy the outdoors?

Start watching wildlife with your kids. To learn how to make it fun to observe wildlife in action, I interview David Mizejewski for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

More About This Show

parenting adventures podcast michael stelznerThe Parenting Adventures podcast is a show from My Kids’ Adventures.

It’s for parents (and grandparents) who are looking for creative things to do with their kids.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview David Mizejewski, a naturalist and spokesperson for the National Wildlife Federation.

He hosted the Animal Planet show Backyard Habitat for four years, where he helped people transform their yards into habitats for birds.

He’s also made TV appearances on the Martha Stewart Show, Good Morning America and many other shows.

David shares ways to make it fun to watch wildlife with your kids.

You’ll discover simple things you can do to get out in nature, whether you find wildlife or you let wildlife find you.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

Do your kids like watching wildlife? In Parenting Adventures Podcast 11, National Wildlife Federation's David Mizejewski shares fun ways observe wildlife.

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How to Build an Awesome Sand Castle With Your Kids

Have your kids ever had a disappointing sand castle flop?

Want to know the secret to building sensational sand structures every time?

Take your family’s sand castle creations to the next level with these easy tips.

Building a sand structure is a great way to bond with your family at the beach. Use these easy tips to create a castle masterpiece instead of a massive failure!

In this article I’ll share four simple secrets that will help you achieve sand castle success with your kids.

Want to create truly awesome sand castles with your kids? These 4 simple secrets will help your family achieve sand castle success every time you go to the beach.

Why Build a Sand Castle?

There’s no better beach project than to build a sand castle as a family. It’s practically a summer rite of passage. On the list of things you must do when you head to the beach: splash around in the water, look for seashells and build a sand castle.

Although it may seem like a piece of cake, building a sand castle is deceptively tricky. You can spend hours digging, patting and sculpting and still find that your finished product is not all you hoped it would be. There’s an easy way to fix that!

Work together to design your castle and plan the décor. Then create the best sand castle ever. And have fun. Fun is a huge part of sand castle building.

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How to Have a Farmers Market Treasure Hunt With Your Kids

Do your kids enjoy going to the farmers’ market?

Want to spend even more time wandering among the delightful sights, smells and sounds of your local market?

Discover more about the foods grown near your hometown with a fun farmers’ market treasure hunt.

Don’t just buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn where they come from and how they grow, and support local farmers in the process.

In this article I’ll show you how to make the most of your trip to the local farmers’ market by having a treasure hunt with your kids.

Want a fun way to teach kids about fresh, healthy food? Have a farmer's market treasure hunt, an exciting way to learn about fruits and vegetables grown nearby.

Why Have a Farmers’ Market Treasure Hunt?

Whether you regularly go to the farmers’ market with your family or as a special event, a treasure hunt will help you make the most out of your experience.

A farmers’ market is the perfect backdrop for a unique learning quest, where the treasure is the bounty of colorful produce.

Don’t just breeze past the vendors to pick up a few groceries—learn about them.

With the treasure hunt sheet as a guide, use this adventure to get to know those vendors by name, discover how the farmers get the food from the field to the market, and learn how to recognize the local produce that’s in season and more.

As a bonus, by showing interest, you may even get some extra free samples.

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Volunteer Opportunities for Kids: 6 Ways to Make an Impact at Their School

Do you and your kids volunteer?

Want to teach your kids the value of hard work and helping others?

Help out at school with your kids!

Most schools have lots of volunteering opportunities and would appreciate your family’s help, even when school isn’t in session. Volunteer together.

You’ll have a great family adventure and make the campus better for everyone.

In this article I’ll highlight several volunteer activities you and your family can do to make a difference at your children’s school.

Want a family adventure that teaches kids community service? Help your kids' school! These 6 volunteering opportunities will make campus better for everyone.

Why Volunteer at Your Children’s School?

There are boundless opportunities to help out at your kids’ school during summer vacation, on in-service days and other days off.

When you bring your kids along to help, you demonstrate the importance of community service and instill values that they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. Plus, they’ll feel good about contributing to improving their school.

And there’s plenty to do! Whether you work a few hours, an afternoon or a day or two, every little bit helps.

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29 Back-to-School Activities for Busy Parents

Do the words “back to school” make your kids run and hide?

Want to make the transition smooth and simple, and maybe even fun?

We can help. There are many things you can do to reintroduce your kids to the routine of the school year.

My Kids’ Adventures searched the Internet to find things busy parents can do to plan for the upcoming school year. In this article we’ll share our favorites.

Do your kids dread going back to school? Make the transition smooth, simple, and fun with these back to school activities, crafts and recipes to do together.

Why Plan Back-to-School Activities?

It’s difficult for parents, as well as kids, to make the transition from the laid-back summer months to the schedule of the school year. It feels like we just settled into the summer routine of camp, playdates and later bedtimes, and now we have to go back to homework, the headaches of carpooling and all those after-school activities.

Whether you need to prepare your child for kindergarten or any new school year, there are lots of fun and creative ways to ease into it together.

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Fun With Dirt: Exploring the Outdoors With Your Kids

podcast iconAre your kids’ hands way too clean?

Want them to spend more time outside and less in front of a screen?

Encourage them to play in the dirt! Once they start digging and building, they’ll be hooked on the great outdoors.

To learn more about getting your hands dirty with your kids, I interview Jennifer Ward for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

More About This Show

parenting adventures podcast michael stelznerThe Parenting Adventures podcast is a show from My Kids’ Adventures.

It’s for parents (and grandparents) who are looking for creative things to do with their kids.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Jennifer Ward, a prolific author of children’s fiction books (such as There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish). Her parenting books include I Love Dirt: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature and It’s a Jungle Out There! 52 Nature Adventures for City Kids.

Jennifer shares why it’s important to get your kids out in nature.

You’ll discover ways to have fun outside in the dirt with your kids.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

Want kids to spend more time outdoors? Time to have fun with dirt! In Parenting Adventures Podcast 10, Jennifer Ward shares how to get your kids out in nature.

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How to Have a Water Gun Target Practice With Your Kids

Do your kids need to burn off some energy?

Want a fun activity that’s both cool and crafty?

Have a water gun adventure with your family.

Make targets, practice shooting and then stage a water fight as a family. It’s good creative and physical play and it’s lots of fun.

In this article I’ll share how to have a have a water gun adventure that’ll keep everyone cool all summer long.

Want a summer activity that's cool and crafty? Have a water gun adventure with your kids. Make targets, practice shooting, have a water fight. It's a blast!

Why Have a Water Gun Adventure?

Kids love playing in and with water. It’s one of the staples of summertime. Whether they run through the sprinklers, play water balloon games or take part in a good old-fashioned water fight, they’re bound to have a good time, no pool or beach required.

Join your kids in the fun with a water gun adventure. This activity combines crafts and target practice while you prepare for the ultimate water fight.

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