Remember your childhood? Dodgy dangerous homemade go carts, bruised knees and war wounds, climbing trees and building dens, wheelbarrow racing and playing out from dawn til dusk. The holidays seemed to last forever and be filled with adventures that we made without any money in our pockets but with bucket loads of imagination and hearts full of enthusiasm to pedal through puddles, ignore the rain and live for each minute of each day in a world of natural make believe with no concept of time and only how long we could play out being our focus and when we could next call for our mates.
It seems that at the time we had no knowledge of the importance of the era, how times would change and how we would sit back as we grew and realise the importance of the freedom we had in our youth in all that we did. The ability to be able to scrape ourselves up by living dangerously, the acceptance in taking risks and the fun we had in living in an era that did not have health & safety holding us back.
We still try to live by these rules. As parents we can still provide our children with a chance to take risks, to get muddy, to learn lessons by consequence and to ultimately enjoy a childhood of freedom, exploration and adventure just like we did.
So I decided to compile a list of some of the things that we’ve squeezed into a childhood that’s fleeting and becoming more and more defined by ‘cans & cants’ ‘rules & regulation’ ‘a claims culture’ and ‘health & safety’…
We do not live within a ball of cotton wool, we have plasters for disasters and kisses to make things better.
This is our childhood list of 50 Things to Do Before and After You Are 11 3/4s because although childhood is fleeting we believe it can still last forever.
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No 1….Paddling pool star gazing.
See our Ultimate List of Summer Fun.
No 2…Homemade ice rink.
No 3…Finding sharks teeth
Get more ideas at 40+ Ideas to Make Childhood Magical.
No 4…Aeroplane spotting
Have a look at Fun Camping Ideas To Entertain Kids for lots more ideas!
No 7…Wheelbarrow racing
No 12…Waterbutt rolling
Also see our Rainbow Hunt Toddler Adventure for more fun.
No 19…Build your own campfire
We’ve got lots more suggestions on ways to Embrace Imagination.
No 21…Skim stones in your pants.
We love making dens and have lots of ideas for under the table den specials.
Have a look at our Den Day Ideas.
No 42…Go for a nocturnal walk.
No 43…Find a message in a bottle.
We’ve got lots more ways to make gardens fun!
And finally, reach for the sun and squeeze every last drop from every day…..
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