If you Google “Bucket List for Kids”, a nice little list appears. This list was summarized by Google from the article This Is the Ultimate Nostalgic Summer Bucket List to Complete With Your Kids by Alessia Santoro on popsugar.com. (Keep in mind, I googled this in June.) To answer my question, this is what Google said:

“Read through for the ultimate nostalgic summer bucket list that you need to complete with your kids."

  • Have a picnic
  • Watch a sunset at the beach
  • Fly a kite
  • Camp in the backyard
  • Stargaze
  • Play tag with all of the neighborhood kids
  • Run through sprinklers
  • Eat too many popsicles

I don’t know about you… but when I was young, I did all of that. I am guessing you did too?!? But how many people frolic outside these days? Many kids (and adults) are inside staring at a screen. As stated on page 29 in the book Balanced and Barefoot by Angela J. Hanscom, “Research suggests that the average child spends at least six hours a day in front of the television or a computer or playing video games (Rideout, Foehr, and Roberts 2010).” More children are growing up never experiencing simple childhood fun like the suggestions listed above.

So my recommendation for a kids’ bucket list of fun is… let them be kids! Take them to city parks, zoos, pools, children's museums and public libraries. Find a way to balance screen time. Let them play outside, build snowmen, play tag, run through sprinklers, ride bikes and go sledding. Meaningful play is a tremendous way to learn. So, let them play! Help youngsters create a memorable childhood of fun and shenanigans.

 

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