The Family Fun Sack

This is a re-post of an idea I shared at Brassy Apple...

Eek!  Summer is just around the corner!
Summertime is pretty chaotic at our house.  We always have BIG plans at the beginning of the summer, but it seems to fly by way too fast.  Without a bit of organization, we simply take advantage of those warm summer months.   Here is a fun way for the entire family to get organized for all that summer fun!
Introducing the Family Fun Sack!
My parents started many classic traditions, and this is another project that I owe to their genius.  At the beginning of every summer, we would have a Family Night and my Dad would introduce the Family Fun Sack--a simple brown paper bag that he had decorated in his simple "Daddy" style.
Each family member anonymously wrote down 3-4 "must-do" ideas for family summer fun.  Some ideas might have included:
Going camping,
Going miniature golfing,
Making s'mores,
Playing at a local water park
Attending a baseball game,
Etc., etc.!

As kids, we often drew pictures to accompany our ideas.  After everyone contributed their ideas, my Dad would make a calendar and map out all of our summer fun.  He made sure to include everyone's ideas!  We were so tickled to see one of our ideas on the calendar!
A few nights ago, we began this tradition in my own little family.
Here is how I made the sack:
I started out with a simple gift bag that I already had on hand.
I added some fun scrapbook paper to my bag and added a little tag using my scrapbook supplies.  I couldn't resist adding some fun curled ribbon to the sack's handles.
I cut up some index cards so we could jot down our ideas.
We each wrote down 4 ideas for things we wanted to do this summer.  Granted Little Man is small right now, but he still participated!  He drew some pictures on a card while my husband and I wrote down ideas geared toward a toddler!
We each wrote down some ideas, and added them to our family fun sack.  Now we are all set to sit down and map out all of our summer fun!  It was so fun for us to combine all of our ideas and anticipate lots of fun this summer!
This family fun sack holds so many fun memories for me.
I can't wait to continue this tradition as our family grows.
How do you plan for summer fun??

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  1. Stephanie says

    What a great idea! I am going to do the same for my family!

  2. That's awesome! We worked on a list together- it's getting long. We might not be able to do everything, but at least we have lots of ideas for Summer Fun!!

    Creative and Curious Kids!
    Here's my list:

  3. Bec@littlelucylu says

    I can't wait until Lucy is a little older (wait, yes I can, but you know what I mean…) and we can do this together!
    I love that you did it with Little Man even though he IS little, too! 🙂
    ~Bec 🙂

  4. The Miller Five says

    What an awesome idea! Can you share some more of your ideas for toddlers? Homemade ice cream is a staple for us in the summer.

  5. RootsAndWingsCo says

    I love this idea! With my own kids we have done a similar thing. I ask them what do they want to do this summer that if we didn't do it it wouldn't be summer. So, this is their top one or two things. With three kids, plus myself that is still a lot. I also list all the rest of the ideas, but they are just our bonus things. We usually get through most of the whole list every summer! I then calendar those things in. I love your thought of doing this through a family fun summer sack! Super cute!


  6. Tasha from Creation Corner says

    What a great idea! I love this

  7. Megan @ Jumping Bean says

    I Looooooove this idea! My daughter is still little, too. (2 1/2) But I think this is such a great idea, I want to start it too! Thank you for such an awesome way to organize summer activites! <3

  8. This is so amazing! Just love it!

  9. Heidiopia says

    Fabulous idea! I can just see my teenagers' faces when I suggest this… probably should have started when they were younger! I'm thinking zip-lining will be on the list. 🙂
    Thanks, Alison, as always!!
    Heidi @ Show Some Decor

  10. Irishenchantment says

    wow brilliant idea, will always lead to a very memorable summer :

    shel xx

  11. Jennifer says

    This is such a great (and adorable) idea! We always so, "Oh, we should do (this) and (that) but many times don't end up doing those things! They are just a thought! Putting them on paper and then a calendar is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  12. What a cute idea!

  13. I love this idea Alison! Its a good thing that imitation is the greatest form of flattery because I feel like I'm copying you all the time 🙂

  14. Girl Scout Leader says

    This is a great way to make everyone feel "in control" and heard! Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Jessica Davis says

    Alison!! This is your cousin Jessica. I had no idea you had this blog! How did I not know this till now? I have been stalking a few craft/home/diy blogs for a while now wanting to have some fun learning some new skills, and then I find out my own cousin has a very cool blog of her own. That's awesome. I am sure I'll be a big fan!

  16. We have the best family…it's a fact.

  17. Very fun! I do something like this around Christmas time, but I love the idea of doing it in the summer too! Great job!

    Deviantly Domesticated Team

  18. SmileMonsters says

    Fun! I'd love for you to come share at Fun For Kids Friday OR my summer bucket list OR both!

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

  19. makemyselfathome says

    Fun & easy! I love it!
    My Munchkin's grandparents visited a couple weeks ago, & we used a paper chain to count down to when they got here, & then wrote an activity she was excited about doing with them on each link after we tore it off. She loved it, & it made for a great "bucket list" for their time here!

  20. makemyselfathome says
  21. very sweet:) cute idea

  22. shopannies says

    love this idea I think I will make one up for my grandkids thanks for sharing come see what I shared at http;//

  23. Erin @ In Between Laundry says

    I really, really like this! I'm all about traditions. What a great one!

  24. Michelle {Daydream Believers} says

    This is such a great idea, Alison! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  25. ruthhill74 says

    My daughter and I plan to do this today!

  26. Mercedes@Mercedes Blend says

    Now, that's what you call organization. It's great to have plenty of ideas to choose from..then you won't hear the infamous words "I'm bored", or at least you hope you won't. Thank you for sharing such a great idea.

  27. Rachel at Sun Scholars says

    This is so fun!!! Awesome! I'd love to have you share this at my For the Kids link party! Come join the fun!

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