I think that when the movie “The Bucket List” was released in 2007, the term became a whole lot more popular. If you don’t already know what the term bucket list means it is basically where you create a list of things or goals that you want to do and achieve before you die. Well, I was thinking about creating a childhood bucket list for kids! So obviously this is not a list of things to do before you die, but more or less a list of 20 things kids should do before they grow up. This is not a set list of things that every kid needs or has to do in their lives, but it’s just a list of fun things to do as a kid.
1. Go to Disney Land/World: Disney is known as “The Happiest Place on Earth” and I think every kid dreams of visiting Disney at one point. Whether they get one chance to go or several chances to go, going to Disney is a once in a lifetime experience.
2. Go to an Overnight Camp: Going to an overnight camp as a child gives you an awesome sense of freedom. I mean, you’re away from your parents and you just feel so free.
3. Go Sledding/Build a Snowman: Being a kid and playing in the snow is so much fun. With sledding you get to go really fast down a big hill and have a blast, and there is nothing quite like creating your very own Snowman friend.
4. Play on the Beach/Build a Sand Castle: On the other extreme of sledding and building snowmen, it is also a blast to go to the beach and play. It’s just a good time o splash around in the water and then go squish your toes into the sand.
5. Go On an Adventure in the Woods: Something that is a great learning experience is taking a hike through the woods and using only paper maps and compasses to find your way around. This will teach your kids to get around without using smart devices or a GPS.
6. Plant Foods to Eat: Teach your little ones how to plant their own fruits and veggies in a garden. They will appreciate the fact that they can eat something that they planted and made come alive.
7. Cook Dinner for The Whole Family: I think teaching kids to cook is so important because you won’t want them to grow up and be completely lost in the kitchen. Have them cook dinner for the whole family one night, of course with your assistance for safety purposes. They will feel so accomplished.
8. Play Hookie: Allow your kids to have one day that just for no excuse they get to skip school and have fun with you. It will be their very own Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
9. Have a Pen Pal: It is so fascinating to learn about different areas of the world and hear about their cultures. Sign up for a program that allows your kids to have pen pals from somewhere else in the world.
10. Raise a Pet: Getting pets for your kids is an awesome way to teach them responsibility. Allow them to potty train them and take care of them.
11. Be a Part of a Club/Team: It’s always great to have kids involved with other kids and have some fun interactions with them. A great way to do this is by joining clubs such as girl scouts and boy scouts, or even a sports team.
12. Go Camping in the Woods: Full on camping out in the middle of the woods is an awesome experience and definitely one you should take your kids out for. Let them see what it’s like to not have all the amenities of your house.
13. Build a Fort: Every kid has to have a fort of their own at some point in their life. Whether that be a tree fort that you as parents help them build, or even a fort inside the house made up of blankets and pillows it’s an absolute must for kids!
14. Write a Story: Kids tend to have a really creative mind and it is so important to let them express that. Encourage them to write a short story, who knows…writing could be their calling!
15. Have a Lemonade Stand: All kids want to earn money for themselves and when you’re really little you can’t just go out and find work! lol Making your very own lemonade stand is a great way to earn a little bit of cash. Sell to neighborhood kids and people working in yards around the neighborhood, be sure parents are always supervising for safety purposes.
16. Pull an All Nighter: It’s always fun to stay up late as kids, but the best way to do it is to have your very own all nighter! Stay up all throughout the night and wait for the sun to rise, it’s such a cool experience watching the sun come up.
17. Go to Chuck E Cheese: I think every kid dreams of having their birthday at Chuck E Cheese! There is so much fun to be had there and there is nothing quite like being that big ol mouse! After all Chuck E Cheese is where a kid can be a kid.
18. Go Fruit Picking: In summers growing up I used to absolutely LOVE going to various fruit farms and picking my very own fresh fruit. Whether it was a Strawberry Patch or an Apple Orchard, it seemed that picking your own fresh fruit made it taste just a little bit better.
19. Go Star Gazing: Seeing the stars is such an amazing view and sometimes depending on where you live it can be difficult to see them. Take your kiddos to a clear rural area and they will be able to see all of the amazing and beautiful stars.
20. Go to a Pumpkin Patch: Lastly, going to pick out your own pumpkin was always the best! Every year around Halloween we would go to a Pumpkin Patch and get to pick out our very own pumpkin to take home and carve. It was simply a tradition that was amazing and looked forward to every single year.
Being a kid is probably the best time of your life and kids always want to grow up too quickly. Encourage your kids to sit back, relax, and enjoy their childhood years because being an adult is not nearly as fun!
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