A Holiday “Bucket List” for Kids

We made a holiday “bucket list” for these winter holidays so that we could think about what we wanted to do, let everyone have a chance to add an activity (or five!) and then see what the weather would allow and which friends could join in when!


Recently a friend told me about a real bucket list for kids! A list of things for your child to have done by the time he reaches 11 and three-quarter years old. Of course, I thought that was a great idea as I’m always looking for fun activities to do with my boys, and if there’s a “real” list then I should probably at least take a look at it! There are some old favourites on the list (build a den, fly a kite and hunt for bugs), some that require some planning (throw some snow, get behind a waterfall and cook on a campfire) and some that happen daily (at least at our house!) like climb a tree. We have been inspired to try and tick off as many of these activities over the next few years as we can, although some may have to wait until our boys are a little bigger (and Mom is a little less of a sissy!), because abseiling seems a bit daunting right now!!!

Here is the list….let the fun begin!

*The list*

  1. Climb a tree
  2. Roll down a really big hill
  3. Camp out in the wild
  4. Build a den
  5. Skim a stone
  6. Run around in the rain
  7. Fly a kite
  8. Catch a fish with a net
  9. Eat an apple straight from a tree
  10. Play conkers
  11. Throw some snow
  12. Hunt for treasure on the beach
  13. Make a mud pie
  14. Dam a stream
  15. Go sledging
  16. Bury someone in the sand
  17. Set up a snail race
  18. Balance on a fallen tree
  19. Swing on a rope swing
  20. Make a mud slide
  21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild
  22. Take a look inside a tree
  23. Visit an island
  24. Feel like you’re flying in the wind
  25. Make a grass trumpet
  26. Hunt for fossils and bones
  27. Watch the sun wake up
  28. Climb a huge hill
  29. Get behind a waterfall
  30. Feed a bird from your hand
  31. Hunt for bugs
  32. Find some frogspawn
  33. Catch a butterfly in a net
  34. Track wild animals
  35. Discover what’s in a pond
  36. Call an owl
  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 wild swimming
  43. Go rafting
  44. Light a fire without matches
  45. Find your way with a map and a compass
  46. Try bouldering
  47. Cook on a campfire
  48. Try abseiling
  49. Find a geocache
  50. Canoe down a river
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