"51 Things To Do Before You Turn 10" vs "50 Things To Do Before You Turn 11 3/4"

So today I came across a posting online titled “51 Things To Do Before You Turn 10”.  It is along the lines of the list put out by the National Trust – which is “50 Things To Do Before You Turn 11 3/4”

The National Trust list is, of course, about getting outside and in touch with nature.  Anyway, I like the idea of both the lists.  The nature one is great as it gets our now city/suburban kids outdoors and back into a natural environment – especially as they spent two years living in North Norfolk, UK – where they had their Forest School, countless beaches and the National Trust – including Sheringham Park with [Little Acorns], Felbrigg Hall & Blickling Estate.  There are several basic things which I’d like to “teach” the kids – some, of course, won’t be able to be done now but as Soren is approaching 8, there are tons he has already learned but many to come.

We’ll start with the LAUNDRY!  Just today I asked Soren to pick up his jeans from his floor and put them in the third drawer or in the laundry basket.  His reply and I quote “ah grrrrr, I’m so not the laundry man!”  LOL – oh yeah, I’m the laundry lady – he’ll also now go on the two-week cycle 🙂

  1. Learn to knit
  2. Learn to cook – the basics like boiling an egg
  3. Make your own bed…..properly
  4. Have a penpal in a few random countries
  5. Learn to code
  6. Make a stop motion movie
  7. Do a random act of kindness
  8. Learn to crochet
  9. Dye or cut your hair for charity
  10. Grow something edible from seeds
  11. Build a treehouse
  12. Run around in the rain
  13. Fly a kite
  14. Roll down a big hill
  15. Make a daisy chain
  16. Find a geocache
  17. Read a classic book
  18. Write and post a letter
  19. Go on a walk at night with a torch
  20. Catch a falling autumn leaf
  21. Taste a snowflake on your tongue
  22. Make snow angels
  23. Play conkers
  24. Learn numbers 1-10 in a few languages
  25. Learn to play a musical instrument
  26. Make perfume in the garden with flowers and herbs
  27. Go pond dipping
  28. Make a bow and arrow
  29. Learn how to work the washing machine
  30. Go camping in your back garden
  31. Try a new food you’ve never tried before
  32. Watch bats flying at dusk
  33. Bake a cake
  34. Hold an animal
  35. Visit an old person
  36. Learn to ride a bike
  37. See the sun come up
  38. Lie on your back and watch clouds
  39. Take a photograph with a proper camera (not a phone)
  40. Learn a magic trick
  41. Learn which birds are which by looking at them
  42. Toast marshmallows
  43. Go to the theatre
  44. Learn how to dance (Irish/Ballet/Waltz)
  45. Have an adventure
  46. Interview a grandparent about what it was like being a kid in the olden days
  47. Write a story or poem
  48. Make Ice Cream
  49. Save up for something big
  50. Know where milk comes from really
  51. See a calf/lamb/foal being born

    “50 Things To Do Before You Are 11 3/4”

  • 11.Go on a really long bike ride
  • 12.Make a trail with sticks
  • 13.Make a mud pie
  • 14.Dam a stream
  • 15.Play in the snow
  • 16.Make a daisy chain
  • 17.Set up a snail race
  • 18.Create some wild art
  • 19.Play pooh sticks
  • 20.Jump over waves
  • 21.Pick blackberries growing in the wild
  • 22.Explore inside a tree
  • 23.Visit a farm
  • 24.Go on a walk barefoot
  • 25.Make a grass trumpet
  • 26.Hunt for fossils and bones
  • 27.Go star gazing
  • 28.Climb a huge hill
  • 29.Explore a cave
  • 30.Hold a scary beast
  • 31.Hunt for bugs
  • 32.Find some frogspawn
  • 33.Catch a falling leaf
  • 34.Track wild animals
  • 35.Discover what’s in a pond
  • 36.Make a home for a wild animal
  • 37.Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
  • 38.Bring up a butterfly
  • 39.Catch a crab
  • 40.Go on a nature walk at night
  • 41.Plant it, grow it, eat it
  • 42.Go swimming in the sea
  • 43.Build a raft
  • 44.Go bird watching
  • 45.Find your way with a map and compass
  • 46.Try rock climbing
  • 47.Cook on a campfire
  • 48.Learn to ride a horse
  • 49.Find a geocache
  • 50.Canoe down a river

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