50 Ideas for Your Summer Box

This summer we are trying something new in our house. I have been collecting things for our Summer Box (which is really a big laundry basket). The ideas and items are SCREEN FREE, creativity builders and my kids can choose one item on slow days.


Several summers-ago, we set a guideline for summer reading. Your screen time (TV, movies, video games, etc) is based on your reading time. Read an hour, get an hour of screen time. It’s turned my kids into book lovers!


Here are some of the ideas in our box.


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    Fun! I do the same thing–the amount of time you spend reading and playing your instrument is the amount of time you can have screen time! But no playing the piano before 9 am! The kids love legos so I’ve also added the amount of time you spend on Legos is equal to the time you spend outside!

    I have a surprise box. I wrap “boy” things in blue tissue paper and “girl” things in pink/purple paper and they have something “new” to play with. I don’t actually buy anything–I just stockpile the things that I’ve asked them to put away 6 months ago . . . so it seems like new :-). Whenever they do “extra” work they get paid with the surprise box.

    My other trick is to get one book on tape of a series, and get the rest of the series out in book form . . . that way they have the “story” in their mind.

    Be Blessed.

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    celina boulanger says

    can you elaborate on jump on trampoline with ice cubes? i’m sure it is super obvious to everyone but me…thanks for the list

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      kristen says

      Well, it’s free, fun entertainment, especially if it’s hot outside. My kids jump and try to dodge the cold ice cubes underfoot.

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    This is such a fabulous idea! Thank you so much for sharing! I can’t wait to make one for my two little girls. They are going to absolutely LOVE this!!!

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