There's a radical - and wonderful - new idea here . . . that all children could and should be inventors of their own theories, critics of other people's ideas, analyzers of evidence, and makers of their own personal marks on the world." - Deborah Meier, Educator





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2016 Summer Bucket List

by WKCD| JUNE 21, 2016


  • Go an entire day without technology (or maybe even a week, or summer)
  • Do something that scares you
  • Tour your own city
  • Make a scavenger hunt
  • Make a time capsule
  • Invent something new
  • Clean your room
  • Complete a 1,000-piece puzzle
  • Cook a full meal
  • Make a scrapbook
  • Make a daily photography challenge and complete it
  • Visit a museum
  • Read 5 books
  • Go running early in the morning
  • Take a yoga class
  • Interview someone you don’t know and learn their life story. Write it up and give it to them.
  • Have a water fight
  • Make pizza
  • Sing a song with a lot of people
  • Volunteer!!!!!!
  • Learn as many words or phrases you can in a foreign language
  • Research 5 colleges
  • Watch a sunrise
  • Watch a sunset
  • Do your family’s laundry
  • Collect your family’s history
  • Write a short story
  • Write a song


  • Go kayaking
  • Leave famous quotes on the windows of parked cars
  • Stand up for something you believe in
  • Spend a half hour looking at clouds or starst
  • Create, direct, and produce a mini film
  • Choreograph a dance for a music video
  • Go camping
  • Put together a fashion show
  • Build with Legos
  • Freeze a water balloon and peel off the balloon part
  • Write a letter and send it, snail-mail style
  • Eat 5 things you haven’t eaten before
  • Be a vegetarian for a week
  • Host a dinner party
  • Body paint
  • Plan out a road trip
  • Make a collage
  • Bake a cake
  • Make smoothies
  • Watch a black-and-white classic movie
  • Play classic board games (like Monopoly orChinese Checkers) on a rainy day
  • Watch a meteor shower
  • Run a mile
  • Watch fireworks
  • Attend an outdoor concert


  • Have everyone you meet sign a shirt for a day
  • Ask for a cheeseburger without cheese
  • Make a giant chocolate chip cookie
  • Create a new recipe that can be passed down for generations
  • Have a full-on photography session taking ten photos of objects every color of the rainbow
  • Find an astronomy pattern in the sky
  • Go fishing (but then release the fish)
  • Ride you bike to places that are within a 6 mile radius
  • Make friendship bracelets
  • Make small talk in an elevator
  • Get a high score on an arcade game
  • Organize a huge sport game
  • Redo your bedroom
  • Grow some plants
  • Perform music for others
  • Draw a chalk masterpiece on your sidewalk or driveway or in a playground
  • Cook on an open fire
  • Win a competition
  • Send a message in a bottle
  • Put your deepest worry into a balloon and let it go
  • Dedicate a day to someone important in your life