thingsby3I recently came across an excellent post by local blogger Mummy on a Budget called ‘Things to do before I’m 2‘, which to my mind captures many of those defining experiences we’re keen for our children to enjoy. However, I had a problem: with Tilly’s second birthday just weeks away I simply wasn’t going to have the time to get through the list, not least with it being the depths of winter. Instead we would give ourselves a year and inspired by the idea create a list of essential experiences for toddler Tilly to enjoy by the age of 3. Call it a bucket list, new year’s resolution or a challenge if you wish – it boils down to getting Tilly out and about to do, see, make and explore.

While we’re fairly pleased with the number of activities Tilly has enjoyed in the past year, there are some glaring omissions. At the same time, the age of two to three is a exceptionally special year where new abilities enable little ones to enjoy a whole range of activities never before possible. We wanted to make sure Tilly didn’t miss out on these so what could be better than setting the challenge of completing the whole list.

The list – version 1.0

  1. Visit a zoo
  2. Go swimming
  3. Travel on a steam train
  4. Take a bus journey
  5. Go paddling in the sea
  6. Make sandcastles on a beach
  7. Visit London
  8. Bake a cake
  9. Visit an aquarium
  10. Visit a castle
  11. Planting a flower or tree
  12. See a panorama from the top of a hill – DONE
  13. Go on a boat trip
  14. Have water games in the garden
  15. Play pooh sticks
  16. Go on fairground rides

This list is still a work in progress but is enough to get Tilly’s third year underway. There are some activities I would have dearly liked to have completed already, such as swimming but have been hampered by logistics. Others, such as travelling on a train she did when she was much younger when she wasn’t so aware of what was going on and which will have long since been forgotten.

The blog has captured some of our recent adventures – from seeing Romans to visiting the Gruffalo – and I hope to share our progress through the list over the coming year.

Let me know what you think of the list: do you have recommendations or is there something that I’ve missed. Leave a comment below.

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11 thoughts on “Things to do and see before you’re three

  • 9 January 2015 at 4:43 pm
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    So pleased to have inspired your list! Look forward to hearing about your progress with ticking then off! I’ll have to start a new list soon and will be pinching a couple of yours!

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  • 10 January 2015 at 11:38 pm
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    A great idea and I’m pleased to announce that I’ve personally completed all but 3 of these – I now know that I have to go on a steam train, play watery games in the garden and play pooh sticks (whatever that is) #WeekendBlogHop

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  • 15 January 2015 at 3:27 pm
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    Sounds like a great list, I’ve done a few of them and would like to try most of the rest. I can also heartily recommend going to a museum, unless you’ve already done that off course. The Natural History museum in Tring is great and our eldest loves it. The Roald Dahl museum is pretty close for you too. I haven’t been to that one yet, but it’s probably better when they’re a bit older.

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    • 18 January 2015 at 9:44 pm
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      Thanks for the suggestions. I had been toying with adding museums as an option, although at 2-3 I wasn’t sure whether she’d be old enough to appreciate them. I’ve heard good things about the NHM in Tring but haven’t tried it yet, so that might be a good trial. The Roald Dahl is indeed very close but as you say that’s definitely for a few years time. Cheers for visiting.

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      • 22 January 2015 at 5:43 am
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        We took my eldest to the NHS in Tring when she was about 18 months. She really loved it. I’m planning on going again soon.

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  • 16 January 2015 at 8:03 am
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    Great idea! I have a folder in Evernote where I keep other people’s bucket lists for ideas…I really should do my own. This is a lovely list even just for a mum to do before she’s 32 😉

    Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

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  • 30 March 2015 at 8:25 pm
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    I love the twist on the usual “30 before 30” or “50 before 50” lists. Going to have to create a list with my 11-year-old and start ticking things off.

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