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4 Jun

WED PARENTSSports Day last week, standardized tests are (mostly) finished, chatter about the school tour and the student-teacher soccer match… it’s official, Summer is here! This week’s Wednesday for Parents provides a number of ideas for activities to try over the summer holidays – hence, ‘The Bucket and Spade List’ – (can you sense how gutted I was to realise when I googled it that quite a few people thought of that name before me?

Over the next week or two, we’ll be talking to students and staff about their Bucket and Spade List for 2014 (and we have a very special guest ‘Wednesday for Parents’ post suggesting books for summer reading lined up!), but first, here are a few online resources to help your child plan a list for this summer!

The first site is one with a focus on the outdoors. It comes from the National Trust and is called ’50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4′.

The second is one that Persil compiled about Messy Fun, called ’33 things to do before you’re 10′ – the original doesn’t seem to be on the Persil site, so here’s the list they suggest:

1 Roll on your side down a grassy bank

2 Make a mud pie

3 Make your own modelling dough mixture

4 Collect frogspawn

5 Make perfume from flower petals

6 Grow cress on a windowsill

7 Make a papier-mache mask

8 Build a sandcastle

9 Climb a tree

10 Make a den in the garden

11 Make a painting using your hands and feet

12 Organise your own teddy bears’ picnic

13 Have your face painted

14 Bury a friend in the sand

15 Make some bread

16 Make snow angels

17 Create a clay sculpture

18 Take part in a scavenger hunt

19 Camp out in the garden

20 Bake a cake

21 Feed a farm animal

22 Pick some strawberries

23 Play Pooh sticks

24 Recognise five different bird species

25 Find some worms

26 Ride a bike through a muddy puddle

27 Make and fly a kite

28 Plant a tree

29 Build a nest out of grass and twigs

30 Find 10 different leaves in a park

31 Grow vegetables

32 Make breakfast in bed for your parents

33 Make a mini assault course in your garden


Finally, we found this when we were looking around…



As always, we’d love to hear your #bucketandspadelist suggestions – share your ideas in the comments! You can find all previous ‘Wednesday for Parents’ posts here.


3 Responses to “Wednesday for Parents: The Bucket and Spade List”

  1. Kim Moran
    8:59 pm on June 4th, 2014

    We’re so impressed with St. Peter’s. Your work on social media is fantastic. We love seeing your updates and photos.

    Just want to remind parents about our summer camp in August. It’s specifically for sixth class leavers to prepare them for secondary school and give them a head start in maths.
    There are loads of fun and adventure activities too.

    Hope to see some of you this summer. Mention St. Peter’s Bray and there’ll be a discount too.

  2. Paddy
    9:11 am on June 5th, 2014

    Great “Wednesday for Parents” Post. I’m going to get at least 30 of the 33 things on the list done over the summer!

  3. Dean D
    11:59 am on June 6th, 2014

    Great idea I will try to do at least get 30 done

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