33 Things To Do Before You Turn 10 (or 110)
Kids’ play is in one way serious stuff, but that’s no reason why fun shouldn’t also be far less than serious for them and for the grown-ups too. Here are some ideas to try which came from a survey of children earlier in the year, plus a few suggestions for the adults as well… Go for it, and enjoy!
Do you remember the Persil ads of last Summer? They were all on the theme of children playing, with the subtext, ‘never mind the dirt, have fun‘…. a rather useful notion, if you happen to sell washing powder, since there were thirty three of these ideas:
33 things kids should do before they’re 10 – the official list
1. Roll on your side down a grassy bank
2. Make a mud pie
3. Make your own modelling dough mixture
4. Collect frogspawn
5. Make perfume from flower petals
6. Grow cress on a windowsill
7. Make a papier mache mask
8. Build a sandcastle
9. Climb a tree
10. Make a den in the garden
11. Make a painting using your hands and feet
12. Organise your own teddy bears picnic
13. Have your face painted
14. Play with a friend in the sand
15. Make some bread
16. Make snow angels
17. Create a clay sculpture
18. Take part in a scavenger hunt
19. Camp out in the garden
20. Bake a cake
21. Feed a farm animal
22. Pick some strawberries
23. Play pooh sticks
24. Recognise five different bird species
25. Find some worms
26. Ride a bike through a muddy puddle
27. Make and fly a kite
28. Plant a tree
29. Build a nest out of grass and twigs
30. Find ten different leaves in the park
31. Grow vegetables
32. Make breakfast in bed for your parents
33. Make a mini assault course in your garden
Not all fun things need be grubby
We might also want to say that you don’t have to get grubby to enjoy yourself, even as a child; but there may be a useful idea or two in the message, especially as we reach that part of the Festive Season when for some (holiday guests, if not perhaps rushed-off-their-feet festive host/s) the main question is, ‘What shall we do next?’
The Guardian reports that what kids enjoy and apparently want to do before they reach the age of ten does not always meet with adult approval in our sanitised society, and there are concerns that children themseves are now sometimes reluctant to enjoy things which their parents expected to do without chastisement. Certainly, I for one as a child much enjoyed almost all the activities on the list – though I fear that face painting and scavenger hunts must have arrived after my time – and, although there were in those days no ‘to do’ lists of fun activities, we were keen also to ensure that our own family tried the current Persil ideas too. So maybe these things are perennial, and none the worse for that.
You don’t have to be a child to have fun!
And, since it’s holiday time right now, let’s add to these suggestions with more ideas I’ve heard for the grown-ups: Try acting out a little play / panto with the kids, make some music, tell / read a story, or simply enjoy a good walk somewhere refreshing. (By all means try to spot lots of different birds and plants on the way.) But I don’t have to elaborate this list, everyone has their own – though it’s always interesting to know what the best and simplest ideas are.
Plus, if we do get the predicted post-Christmas snow, maybe we should all try the Persil suggestion which most of us probably hadn’t heard of as children – the Snow Angel. All you have to do is lie on your back in the snow (very briefly, but thereby already providing loss of dignity and thus huge amusement for the Juniors present) and ‘wave’ your arms above your head. When you get up, you’re promised an imprint in the white stuff of an angel.
So now we can all be angelic during the Festive Season, for very little effort; and we’ll have the sparkly image in the snow to prove it.
Have you read….?
Things To Do When You’re 11 – 15
Things To Do When You’re 19 – 21
Things To Do When You’re 22 – 25
Things To Do When You’re 26 – 30
Things To Do When You’re 31 – 40
What To Do At Any Age – Be Happy
* Life is not a rehearsal
* Smile when you can
* Do acts of random kindness
* Try no-TV days
* Be cautious sometimes, cynical never
* Use your pedometer
* Treat yourself daily to a ‘Went Right’ list