50 Ideas for a Slow Summer

50 Slow Summer Ideas Free Printable

The hardest part of summer, to me, is that there is so much to do and just a few short months to do it.

Unlike our friend Old Man Winter, where we tend to go inward and inside, summer presents the challenge of … oh goodness, there’s so much to do, we’ll never fit it all in.

So, in honor of Mission: Slow Summer, let’s not worry about fitting it all in.

Fit only the best parts in, only the parts that feel meaningful and joyful.

This is how we #BanBusy.

If you are stressing about not getting to “do” everything … ask yourself why?

We get caught up in the sexiness of being busy. That busy mentality invades our minds, our homes and our children’s worlds.

That’s why this downloadable list of Slow Summer ideas was created.

To slow down and enjoy life.

So, I’ve done that. Here are 50 Ideas for  a Slow Summer — and a FREE PRINTABLE!


I invite you to download this list and add any ideas you feel are missing in the comments. You can also click the image to download as well.

At our house, though, these may or may not get done. In an effort to leave more space in our minds and our lives, we’re also leaving more space on our calendar. More white space. More time for nothing. More seeing what the children will come up with on their own without any distractions of rushing to this or that. And they always astound me with their ideas on our slowest slow days.

Honestly, our days will be pretty scheduled in a very loose, magical slow summer rhythm kind of way. Plenty of time for creating and exploring. Plenty of time for reading and watching clouds float by. Plenty of time for playing in the backyard. And plenty of time to do those things we feel are exactly what make summer magical. But, chores will still get done and we’ll still go to the library and the parks. We just won’t be pressuring ourselves to do any of it.

But these 50 things … they are essential to our summer days and I suspect we’ll fit them in without even thinking about it. And we certainly won’t schedule them in. We’ll let them unfold, naturally. Checking the list now and then to make sure we’re checking them off.

And if we don’t … that’s OK. It’s probably because we got wrapped up saving worms or something.

Discuss: What is your one must-do this summer?


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9 Responses to 50 Ideas for a Slow Summer

  1. This is a fantastic list and I hope to try many of the things on the list with my little ones. I wonder though, how do you get kids to slow down for the summer? That may sound like a strange question but I have a nearly six year old son who seems to bounce from thing to thing, he enjoys a lot of different activities and toys but I feel constant pressure to keep him busy and occupied otherwise I get a lot of “I don’t know what to do” or the dreaded, “I’m bored”.

    • Coming from experience…At his age, they usually will embrace anything new and fun to do and then put their own spin on it. Just suggest something ~ or a few things ~ from the list to him and see what he comes up with. I think you’ll be surprised. :)

    • Really great question, Kimberly. In my e-course The Playful Family Adventure we’ll be talking a lot about routines a lot actually … but to give you a brief suggestion, once you know what kind of play he likes it is easier for you to manage his level of excitement through the day and plan for a day that includes both high energy and low energy activities. Also, print the list and get him excited over it … you never know how he will respond to checking off those boxes.

      • Thank you both for your responses! I really needed those suggestions this morning. I planned two small art activities (both painting) for my 2 year old and my 5 year old. My 5 year old zipped through both of them and then wandered around looking for something else to do. I find it frustrating when I take the time to put everything together and then he rushes through it. I feel like he isn’t really taking the time to appreciate what he is doing.

        Shawn – I am really interested in your summer course and I have my fingers crossed that I will win the giveaway to be enrolled! =)

  2. Since my oldest son was almost 2, we have gone strawberry picking for Father’s Day and it’s one of our favorite summer traditions. The kids eat more than they pick and are a mess but we have such fun and the house smells great afterward! We don’t have a lot on our schedule and my oldest does get bored so this list will be good to give him some ideas. Thank you!

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