Did you see the “bucket list” for kids under 12 in The Globe & Mail today?

I was thrilled to see that my kids have done 9 of first the 10. And I was even happier to note that they have done more than half of the 50! Being outdoors is soo good for kids (and grownups) but since we are much more protective than in previous generations (for better or worse) our kids don’t always get the free uninhibited outdoor time that they used to. My goal is to help my kids do everything they haven’t done on the list by the end of the summer! Within age appropriate limits of course 😉

Here’s the list:

1. Climb a tree
2. Roll down a really big hill

Rolling down a hill

Rolling down a 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
Kids playing in mud
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
Jump on a fallen log
19. Swing on a rope swing
20. Make a mud slide
21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild (* I would expand this to any (edible) berries growing wild)
22. Take a look inside a tree
23. Visit an island
Finding treasure on a beach on an island

Finding treasure on a beach on 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
Catch a Crab

It's tiny, but she caught 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

What’s your kid’s favourite thing on the bucket list?