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Let Kids Be Kids!

14/08/2014 16:49 | Updated 22 May 2015

Let kids be kids!

In this modern world we live in, it can be very easy to get lost and wrapped up in everyday life, technology, day-to-day stresses and issues. We all run at such a fast pace of life these days, compared to when our parents were raising us.

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I believe it is so important to remember that children need to be children. They need to experience simple basic fun.

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I have made a list of 40 things I believe every child should have done/experienced before they reach school age:

  1. Feed the ducks
  2. Walk on a log
  3. Jump in muddy puddles (and get very mucky!)
  4. Forest walks – looking at nature
  5. Kick around in leaves (in autumn)
  6. Fly a kite
  7. Leaf rubbings
  8. Make mud pies
  9. Look for shells on a beach
  10. Jump waves
  11. Build sandcastles
  12. Build towers and knock them down
  13. Play peek-a-boo
  14. Play hide and seek
  15. Playdoh
  16. Messy play
  17. Junk modelling
  18. Painting and finger painting
  19. Water play
  20. Splashing in the paddling pool
  21. Singing
  22. Dancing
  23. Bubbles
  24. Cooking
  25. Rough and tumble
  26. Make tents and dens
  27. Have a pretend tea party
  28. Build stuff from cardboard boxes (preferably big enough to sit in)
  29. Do a roly poly
  30. Play ball
  31. Swing
  32. Do an easter egg hunt
  33. Read books together
  34. Play in the snow
  35. Build a snowman
  36. Plant seeds
  37. Dress up
  38. Do a scavenger hunt
  39. Visit a farm
  40. HAVE FUN!!
I know my kids have absolutely loved everything on this list, but I think their favourite, has got to be JUMPING in MUDDY PUDDLES!! Unfortunately for me, that is also the messiest, but never mind, seeing them have fun has got to be the best thing in the world!

What is your kid's favourite thing to do?

Have your kids completed this list?

What would you add to this list?

Karen is a stay at home mum to a 5 year old boy and 3 year old twin girls who loves her crazy life.

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