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Summer Vacation To-Do List

Summer's here and the time's right for doing all those things you didn't have time for during the school year... If only you could remember what they were! Try these must-do's for a completely not-bummer summer!

Dive In

Diving BoardDive into learning something new this summerCourtesy of Angela Cothran

Don't know how to dive? Learn! Know how to dive? Try a flip! Or a flip with a twist. Or  a back flip! How about learning to surf? Learning something new gives you major bragging rights come in school.

Get Published

With internet publishing, t's so easy to write a published book -- all you need is the time and some imagination. You have the time, so get your imagination moving. Write about anything, or put together a book of your photos. Write the story of your life in cartoon characters or write a bunch of ridiculous poems. When you're done, save your document as a PDF and distribute it to friends and family to read on their e-readers. Extra credit points go to the kid who gives it to his or her teacher to read in September!

Compete

Swimming, running, darts, tennis, ping pong... all sorts of challenges arise throughout the summer even if you're not at camp. Seek out a challenge, practice and start competing. Though winning isn't everything, a trophy would be a nice memento of your summer escapades. Worst case -- an epic failure gives you something to laugh about and strive for later.

Fine Tune your Funny Bone

Learn a few new jokes and practice telling them. Good joke-telling skills go a long way when you can't think of what to say in a conversation!

Seek out Good Luck Charms

four-leaf-cloverSeek your fortune in a field of clover. 4-leaf clovers really do exist!Courtesy of Instructables

If your neighborhood is overrun with patches of clover in summer and you find yourself standing around waiting for people or things to do, look down. You may just find some four-leaf clovers! To train yourself to find these elusive mutations, stare at the 3-leaf clover patches and notice the patterns. Once they are burned into your memory, stand above a patch of clover and scan it. Examine any clover that catches your eye -- chances are you'll notice any deviations from the patterns. While some will just be 3-leafers in disguise, you could find a 4, 5 or even 6 leaf clover. And where there is one, there is bound to be more in the same patch. Once you find a good specimen, immediately press it in a book between two sheets of paper and dry it for at least two weeks or it will shrivel up in less than an hour.

Create Puzzles

one of Roxie Munro's a-maze-ing creationsGet inspired to create A-Maze-ing mazes with acclaimed artist Roxie Munro's challenging maze books like this one from "EcoMazes: 12 Earth Adventures".Courtesy of Roxie Munro

Doing puzzles can be fun for a while, but it can get old. Creating puzzles, however can become a great hobby. If you're a good artist or just great with a straight-edge ruler, try your hand at designing a maze. Using a pencil, define your space with lines and designate a beginning and an end point. Starting at the end and using a light touch, create a winding path to the beginning. Note that most mazes tend to stray to the right side of the puzzle, so you can make it harder by keeping to the left or forming a circuitous route. Make sure your path doesn't double-back on itself. Once your path is set, create dead ends and other branches to complicate it. Make copies and challenge your friends to solve them. For expert tips on how to create a geometric maze and a challenging reversing maze, check out expert maze artist Roxie Munro's tips.

Clear Clutter for Good

Start in your room with your clothes and desk, then go throughout the room and find items you and your family can donate or recycle. You'll be doing your family, the earth and other people a world of good... And you might even find some hidden treasures along the way.

Start a Business

Love gardening? Grab an old wheelbarrow, paint a logo on it and post up signs advertising your weeding and hedge-clipping services. Whatever your passion is, whether it's creating websites, putting photos into slideshows and burning them on DVD's, creating playlists, making crafts or baking cookies, find a way to make your hobbies and skills work for you. There's no reason to be bored when you can make money doing what you love!

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What would you like to add to your summer to-do list? Let us know in your comments below!

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astucieuse331 posted in Friends:
I've always felt the same way. My one best friend gossiped behind my back, used me, all that girl stuff. She took me for advantage and we had a bunch of fights because of her finding a new friend and completely acting as if I didn't exist, and I told her to give me at least some attention every once in a while if she can't even continue to talk to me daily. And.. I lost her. Well, she lost me. We both lost each other. But then I realized.. it's the people that you least expect to be nice to you you'll find kindness in. Why? Based on personal experience, and I'll tell you the story: For my gym class, me and my peers were supposed to make a group for a dance. This was when my best friend had found a new friend already, and the time at which we had a few fights because of that. Of course, I relied on my best friend to count me in her dance group. At lunchtime, I sat together with my best friend, and we ate our lunches in silence. All of a sudden, I brought up the dance groups and asked her straightforwardly: "Can I join your group?" No reply. "Kelly, can I join your group?" No reply. "I mean, since our class is uneven, I found it fair that there'd be a group of five, you know?" None at all. Kelly ignored me straight off the bat, leaving me speechless. My mind raced with thoughts, and I thought, maybe it's not worth having Kelly as a friend. A few days later, we were playing Dodgeball for gym. I was on Kelly's team, and overheard her talking with her new friends about who to pick for the dance group. One of her friends mentioned me, and Kelly said: "Oh no, we shouldn't pick her because _____ (I don't know what she said then)." I was shocked, but was anticipating it, so when the time came to choose groups, I saw my friend, Luke, ask two girls, Cher and Bridgette, to join their group. Surprisingly, Cher and Bridgette actually accepted him, and so I thought, "Wow, if they accepted Luke, they might accept me aswell!" and so built up the courage to ask them if I could join. Even though Cher and Bridgette were mean to me sometimes, I knew that I had to risk it and see what'd happen. Afterall, rejection is just another opportunity to find a better group. Little did I know, it'd be the best choice of my life. They were so happy, and even thanked me for joining them! I was speechless once more; I never knew that the peers that I thought I would never be friends with would actually be my friends!  So yeah, that's what I learnt, and I never regretted learning that fact. Ever since then, though, I've learnt not to trust people as much as I used to anymore. I learnt that independency is what works for me, what I was meant for in terms of socializing or working. But, other things may work for you. If you still want a friend, you can be independent and wait for the right person. However, if you still want a real friend, you can wait, but still mingle (hang out) with other people! I I'm not going to make fun of you because I know how you've felt, just as I stated in my past problem before. But you can move on from those friends, they're not worth your time and certainly don't deserve you as a friend. Trust me, if it's meant to be, you'll definitely find a true friend. But if it's not, you may become like me, finding happiness in my own way. I want to remind you though-- you don't need someone to stay happy, or keep you company. This may sound silly, but you can even have your own invisible friends! I've had one, but that's very rarely for me. It's not silly though if you see the general idea; usually these friends are made from different dimensions of your personality or just because of will. There's a lot more fish in the sea, though, so I'm sure you'll find a true friend that's meant for you  :) Take care, and I hope you'll find a true friend soon!
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ts01
ts01 posted in Friends:
im so sorry you girls feel that way.true friends are there, its just easier to find users because they are more plentiful. dont give up, you will find real friends eventually
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lolflowergirl
lolflowergirl posted in Friends:
i feel alone too
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kayme123
kayme123 posted in Friends:
i know the feeling. but i got taken off a website instead of my friends. i can assure you they probably feel the same and are missing you, BUT its not worth dwelling over it. friends come and go without any choice in life and trust me, i lost the love of my life and my two of the best friends in the world. The thing is, you have to move on, because they wouldent want you feeling sad over them right? they'd want you to be the happy person you were when you were with them! for starters, i'll be your friend so your not scared to make some new ones. To be honest, i went through the exact same thing as you did and it DOES hurt very bad. But once you find some people that are willing to make you feel better, you know you've chosen the right friends again
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Irene_love
Irene_love posted in Style:
"1.am.3m0" wrote:Hey. Im also turning 15 soon. So dont worry you arent alone hahah. Start dressing for your shape and also find whats comfortable.  Because if you wear something that is uncomfortable you wont be happy and happiness is the best look :) Most of the time I wear jeans with a graphic tshirt or singlet and a cardigan or light jacket. Hoodies are great for winter. And I wear combat boots like doc martins and converse. Hope I helped somehow! :)
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