Between work, school, volunteering, and other extracurriculars, families are busier now than ever before. And while our devices allow us to stay in constant contact, it may be difficult to truly connect in a significant way.
One of the best ways to stay connect as a family is by creating a family bucket list. Once thought of as something only for people in the twilight of their lives, bucket lists are gaining popularity as a way to track and create lifelong goals. For families, bucket lists can help foster connections, revitalize relationships, and create a lifelong sense of adventure.
Creating an educational – and fun! – bucket list doesn’t have to be difficult. With these ideas on how to create a bucket list for your family, you’ll be ready to head off on your family’s next adventure at a moment’s notice.
- Let everyone contribute
Because it is a family bucket list, the entire family should be involved! Find a time where everyone can sit down together to work on the list. You can have each person write down a list of their ideas before sharing, or sit and brainstorm together as a group.
- Write it down
When we write down our goals, we are much more likely to work towards them! To keep bucket list items from being relegated to “someday,” write them down. Including specific timelines, plans, and other details is particularly important for big items such as trips or vacations.
- Show it off!
After putting in the work to create a bucket list, show it off! Post the list somewhere prominent in your home; revisit it often to check off things you have done or to add new items!
Create a craft together by making an actual bucket for your bucket list! Paint or put stickers on a pail or bucket; write items from your bucket list on clothes pins and pin around the rim. As you accomplish them, take off the clothes pins and put them in the bucket. This gives you a visual reminder of all the fun things you have done together – and all the adventures you still get to have together!
- Ideas for your bucket list
Consider bucket list items in the following categories: try, watch, explore, do, create, visit, wander, play, sightsee, and make. Sample bucket list items might be trying a new type of cuisine at a local restaurant, making a birdfeeder for the backyard, creating a family coat of arms, or going to home games for local sports teams.
Still having trouble thinking of ideas? Pick up a guidebook for your city or scour magazines and newspapers for local events or attractions. Factories with tours, museums, fairs and festivals, volunteering, and outdoor activities are just a few more potential ideas!