diy summer passport

June 19th, 2013

diy summer passport

I mentioned last week that I was thinking about making a summer passport. And would you look at that: I did! It was super easy and I’m going to tell you how to do it.

small moleskine

diy summer passport


  • a small moleskine plain journal with a kraft paper cover. They are called Cahiers and are sold in sets of three (for 7 bucks).
  • crayons, markers, pencils, whatever
  • a list of activities (see below)
  • stickers, or a date stamper

summer passport diy


1. Make your cover. We went with the basic, Summer Passport 2013. You could get a little more exciting, like THIS IS GOING TO BE THE JONES’ BEST SUMMER EVAR!

summer passport diy

2. Write something fun to do on every right hand page. This ends up being about 30 activities, which I think is doable for summer. It also leaves the left page open for writing about when you did that activity (optional, obviously).

summer passport diy

3. Draw a box under the activity. This is where you will put the stickers (or stamp the date) when you do that activity. If you plan to do something often, make sure to draw a big box. My daughter seems to think we will be going to the pool a lot this summer. :)

summer passport diy

4. Go do something! Here’s a list of 40 things to get you started:

list of summer activities

  1. run through the sprinkler
  2. blow bubbles (last year, we made super big bubbles!)
  3. eat watermelon (in star form maybe?)
  4. make a giant fort
  5. make grape sculptures
  6. eat corn on the cob (and make your own awesome holders!)
  7. buy a treat from the ice cream truck
  8. go to the farmer’s market
  9. sign up for your library’s summer reading program
  10. play in the rain
  11. write a letter to Grandma
  12. make your own gummy treats
  13. wash the car
  14. find a new park in your town
  15. go swimming!
  16. make paper airplanes
  17. learn cats cradle
  18. paint with chalk paint
  19. build a fairy house
  20. feed the ducks
  21. get your face painted
  22. watch fireworks
  23. play sidewalk simon
  24. catch fireflies
  25. play badmiton
  26. sail boats down a tin foil river
  27. water balloon fight!
  28. be a super spy–make invisible ink
  29. make ice cream or popsicles
  30. make your own stickers
  31. exploding paint bombs!
  32. go to a local fair
  33. have a magic potion lab
  34. make saltwater taffy
  35. have a lemonade stand (or a tattoo stand!)
  36. camp in the backyard
  37. go fishing
  38. go bowling
  39. see a concert in the park
  40. pick strawberries


What are you doing this summer? Add your ideas in the comments!


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10 Responses to diy summer passport

  1. Carla says:

    Can I be your kid for the summer please? This rules!

  2. Meghan says:

    This is such a great idea!! I saw the very same moleskin notebooks at Target last night. I am going to go back and get them for my kids. Also, this is a great way to practice writing and spelling, both things that my daughter needs to work on ;)

  3. Anja says:

    This is great! Thank you!

  4. christina says:

    I am making oodles of popsicles this summer. We have also played in the mud, ran through the sprinklers, bought a new bike (working on training-wheel-less riding), and gone on a road trip.

  5. Jacqui says:

    It’s the middle of winter here (and hailing as I type) so I’m going to pin this for our summer and just soak up the summery vibes from the post and ignore the foul weather outside. :)

  6. julie r says:

    i love these ideas! (and the books, how darling!) we just made a LONG “summer fun list” and included things like free library events (magicians, the “Reptile Man”, etc.), camping, make homemade ice cream, have a sleepover with cousins, an occasional dance party, nearby museums and farmers markets, and glow in the dark bowling – put glowsticks in empty water or soda bottles and play at night!

  7. […] you want to set some intentions for the summer, creating a passport filled with activities that will keep you connecting all summer […]

  8. Christina says:

    So far we’ve splashed at the pool and exploited the library for all its got. Time to revisit the list (posted here and get to marking things off! Maybe add a few new things from your list.