Keep Kids Busy with the Super Summer Challenge

Do your kids come up to you multiple times during the summer whining, “I’m bored”? This summer they don’t have to if you start a Super Summer Challenge for each of them.

I wanted to devote a lot of time to this post, but because of lack of time, I am just going to be brief and hopefully you’ll have enough to get you started.  Next year I plan on providing lots of examples and links, but because this is my first year of actually doing it with my kids and because I waited until the last minute to start it for my own three year old, a quick how-to will have to suffice for now.

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The Super Summer Challenge will inspire your children to cheerfully do many things you previously only WISHED they would! When they participate in the Super Summer Challenge they will:

  • learn new skills
  • be motivated in areas of self-discipline
  • discover how to look outside themselves
  • mature in sibling unity
  • form great habits that will last a lifetime

My mother-in-law and her friend Linda Wicks started the Super Summer Challenge when their kids were young.  So many people asked them about it, that Linda decided to put together a book on it in recent years.  To read more about the Super Summer Challenge and to order the book go to

Game Plan:

1. Create a list of challenges and assign points to the challenges.

Here are the projects I gave my 3 year old for the summer and what points he can earn by completing them.  Some of them are a one-time-thing and others can be repeated over and over again to earn points.

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2. Figure out your reward(s).  Find a reward that would motivate your children.

  • money for a certain amount of points earned
  • a big trip if they earn so many points
  • small toys with predetermined points marked on them (kind of like Chuck E. Cheese)
  • one big toy

My mother-in-law usually had money as the reward for my husband and his brothers.  Linda usually had a small trip planned that if all the kids earned the set amount of points they got to go on it.  I decided to buy several different toys worth different amount of points because my three year old wouldn’t be able to save his points up forever.  My thought is he can earn a toy every week and that will keep him motivated.

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The box of toys that are Rylan's challenge rewards

3.  Create a way to keep track of points.

With older kids, just writing the number of points at the end of the day or using tally marks should be fine.  With littler kids, it is probably best to use a visual representation, for example stickers on a chart or poker chips placed in a jar.

4.  Put together a busy basket with all the supplies needed for the challenges.

In my son’s basket I put:

  • envelopes stamped and addressed to loved ones
  • new books to read to his brother or on his own
  • worksheets I made on the computer with letters and numbers for him to practice writing
  • scissors
  • paint
  • new lego set
  • new puzzle
  • crayons
  • coloring book
  • spelling flash cards
  • stickers
  • wooden toy to paint
  • model car
  • muffin mix

super summer challenge linda wicks5.  The only way to lose points is to say “I’m bored.”

There is so much to tell about this project but I hope this is enough to get something started for the summer or motivate you to buy the book.  It is only $10 and provides you with lots of resources and examples.

super summer challenge busy basket

Rylan with his busy basket

super summer challenge rewards and challenges

I taped the challenges and blank sticker sheets to the side of our cabinet

What do you do in the summer to keep your kids busy and learning?

3 comments to Keep Kids Busy with the Super Summer Challenge

  • Brady, that is awesome!! If that is your ‘shortened’ version, I’ll look forward to what you do next year!! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing idea with other Moms!!! It thrills me to think of all the families who will be participating in a SSC this summer. Praise God!!!

  • Becky

    Loved this post. Brought back so many wonderful memories with our 3 boys! Rylan will love it and so will you!!

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