Bucket List for Kids

Today, while on Facebook, I came across my friend Colin’s post on Take Me Outside. Last year, Colin ran ACROSS Canada!  Yes, you read the right, he RAN ACROSS CANADA to raise awareness about getting children (students) outside to play in nature. Check out his awesome story at the Take Me Outside website.

What I came across today was an article from The Globe and Mail – called Bucket List for Kids! (I can’t take any credit for the title of this post). As I read through the list, I realized that:

  1. I don’t have a bucket list for myself!
  2. Should I start one for my daughter, who is 2 in June ?
  3. That I have done 90% of these 50 listed activities as a child and some as an adult!!!

What’s the harm in having a bucket list?

[A bucket list is “a list of things to do before you die. Comes from the term “kicked the bucket”.]

As I looked through this bucket list for children – I realized I had accomplished most of these things as a child. The bigger moment was when I realized that children are NOT experiencing these activities for themselves – TODAY.


I chose to share 12 out of the 50 examples on  this bucket list:


The list

1. Climb a tree                                                       

2. Roll down a really big hill

3. Camp out in the wild

4. Run around in the rain

5. Eat an apple straight from a tree

6. Go sledging

7. Take a look inside a tree

8. Hunt for bugs

9. Discover what’s in a pond

10.Go on a nature walk at night

11. Cook on a campfire

12. Canoe down a river

How many of these activities did you do as a child? Or, as an adult?

Do you have a bucket list? Share some with us in the comments below.

Would you create a bucket list for your child? Or, WITH your child?


12 thoughts on “Bucket List for Kids

  1. I love the bocket list! There are about 10 that I haven’t or can’t remeber doing. Some were silly like build a den, or dam a stream! I mean who has done those things?!?!

  2. Ppl think i am crazy as I do not allow my children much computer or TV time. I’d rather do a leaf rubbing or catch bugs and see them explore the outdoors. Sad isn’t it that basic activities like these are on a “bucket list”!!! These weren’t activities we had to think about “back in the day”…they were just “play time”! Enjoyed this post 🙂

  3. I love bucket lists! I think I did every one on this list as a child. They’re all great ones and I hope that EVERY child gets to experience every item on that list!

    My current bucket list includes compete in a triathlon, visit Macchu Piccu, take a photography class, and camp out at a music festival.

  4. Pingback: 14 Things Every Kid Should Experience | The Mom with Moxie

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