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51 Things Your Child Should Do Before Growing Up

51 Things Your Child Should Do Before Growing Up

By Chris Jordan

I feel like I can write this list with authority now that I have almost grown kids. Most of these things my children have done, except for my oldest who still has not mastered the cartwheel.  It is something that makes me laugh every time he attempts it.

Here is a list of 51 things to get started:

1. Camp out in a tent

51 Things Your Child Should Do before Growing Up by Chris Jordan for Alphamom.com

2. Wear a costume as clothing
3. Climb a tree
4. Catch fireflies
5. Fly a kite
6. Plant a garden and eat what grows
7. Go fishing
8. Take care of a pet

51 Things Your Child Should Do before Growing Up by Chris Jordan for Alphamom.com

9. Build something out of a gigantic cardboard box
10. Ride on a ferris wheel
11. Roast food over a campfire
12. Have dessert for dinner
13. Build a snowman
14. Get a library card
15. Go on a hayride
16. Get lost in a corn maze
17. Pick the perfect horse on the carousel
18. Run through the sprinkler
19. Make a slingshot
20. Carve a jack o’lantern
21. Make mud pies
22. Run a lemonade stand
23. Play on a sports team
24. Swing on a rope swing
25. Build a sandcastle and stay at the beach until the tide washes it away
26. Roll down a big grassy hill
27. Build a gingerbread house
28. Hatch a monarch butterfly from a cocoon
29. Make homemade ice cream
30. Blow bubbles
31. Play kickball outside with neighbors
32. Go on a family car trip
33. Fly on an airplane
34. Paint a painting

51 Things Your Child Should Do before Growing Up by Chris Jordan for Alphamom.com

35. Have a water balloon fight
36. Play miniature golf
37. Make a tie dye t-shirt
38. Eat lunch in a blanket fort
39. Play in the rain
40. Go to a county fair
41. Ride a horse
42. Identify the constellations in the night sky
43. Play jump rope
44. Learn to play a musical instrument
45. Put on a puppet show
46. Have a picnic
47. Learn to ice skate
48. Learn to juggle
49. Do a cartwheel
50. Catch tadpoles and watch them change
51. Rake and jump in a giant leaf pile

What would you add to this childhood bucket list? Have you done most of these things? Your child(ren)?

Photo source: Brand X Pictures/ Thinkstock

Chris Jordan
About the Author

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan began blogging at Notes From the Trenches in 2004 where she writes about her life raising her children in Austin, Texas.

Oh, she has seven of them. Yes, children. Yes, the...

Chris Jordan began blogging at Notes From the Trenches in 2004 where she writes about her life raising her children in Austin, Texas.

Oh, she has seven of them. Yes, children.
Yes, they are all hers.
No she’s not Catholic or Mormon. Though she wouldn’t mind having a sister-wife because holy hell the laundry never stops.
Yes, she finally figured out what causes it. That’s why her youngest is almost 6.
Yes, she has a television.

She enjoys referring to herself in the third person.

If you would like to submit a question for Chris to answer publicly, please do so to adviceforparentsoftweens[at]gmail[dot]com.

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