Summer Must-Do List

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“Summer” has officially arrived in our household. Yesterday was the last day of school for the girls. Because this is the first summer that I do not have to work since they were born, I decided not sign them up for summer camp. I am craving the long summer days that I remember from my childhood and think it would be good for them to experience the same feeling.

We decided to launch our time together by creating a list of summer “must-dos” (inspired by the book, Oliver’s Must-Do List, by Susan Taylor Brown).

The girls dictated their ideas to me and I wrote them down on a piece of list paper (see below for link to template).

This is what they came up with…

Since making the list together, the girls make sure to add on any new ideas they come up with.  I also plan to refer them back to our “must-do list” any time the dreaded word “bored” comes up!

What is on your “Summer Must Do List”?


List Paper

Teaching guide



With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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