I 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
- Visit a zoo
- Go swimming
- Travel on a steam train
- Take a bus journey
- Go paddling in the sea
- Make sandcastles on a beach
- Visit London
- Bake a cake
- Visit an aquarium
- Visit a castle
- Planting a flower or tree
- See a panorama from the top of a hill – DONE
- Go on a boat trip
- Have water games in the garden
- Play pooh sticks
- 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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