20 adventures every child should experience before they're 16

(34 Posts)
nappyaddict Sun 31-Mar-13 22:19:56

Which ones have your children done? Which ones did you do before you were 16 and which ones have you done since?

1 Make a natural shelter and sleep in it - make a den from wood and leaves and sleep under the stars.

2 Cook on an open fire - toast marshmallows, bake potatoes and enjoy an outdoor bonfire feast.

3 Make a go-kart - and then test drive it!

4 Use a sharp knife - teach children how to handle a sharp knife carefully and safely. Teach them how to handle it correctly. Try whittling sticks from the age of 6 onwards.

5 Climb a tree - something we all used to do as a child but our children perhaps do less often. Let them clamber!

6 Make a mud pie - all kids LOVE mud - make a muddy corner of the garden for them to squelch, squish and play in.

7 Get soaked to the skin - obviously not in freezing weather! But it feels so fab to really get soaked to the skin.

8 Dam a stream - pick stones and pebbles and sticks and mud to dam a stream.

9 Read a map - whether it's orienteering, a road map or a simple drawn map - let them find their way.

10 Track a wild animal - Early morning and early evening are the best times to try to follow animal tracks.

11 Climb a mountain

12 Skinny-dipping/wild swimming

13 A bonding weekend with one parent

14 Learn basic first aid

15 Learn to sail

16 Build something out of wood

17 Grow your own dinner - start with herbs and easy things like tomatoes and cucumber. Grow carrots, potatoes and berries...

18 A night picnic - Darkness can make the most otherwise mundane activities exciting

19 Learn to walk a tightrope - start with a kerb then try a low rope

20 Make a Mentos and Coke rocket - unleash the scientist in your children.

Bearandcub Mon 01-Apr-13 09:08:36

I did all of them before 16, except climb a mountain. Never been never a mountain really and I'm close to 40.

I would let DS's do all of them. DS1 is nearly 3 and Iwas trying to show him yesterday how to climb a tree, principally to rescue the cat.

AuntieStella Mon 01-Apr-13 09:10:39

Mine have done between 12.5 and 9 of those activities each (depending on age - and half because they built an impressive shelter, we were up against other timings and didn't have the opportunity to sleep in it).

DCs (of both sexes) are/were Scouts/Cubs, and have gained a great deal from they. Having a dippy uncle with several semi-wild acres helps too.

skratta Mon 01-Apr-13 09:11:08

DTDs have done all of them [proud]

DD3 has done all but 19, 7 and 1 (due to motor difficulties- it's impossible basically for her, and 7 and 1 are because of possible health risks as she has lower immune which is part of the syndrome meaning she has weak motor control skills)

DS has done all but use a knife.

Bearandcub Mon 01-Apr-13 09:20:36

*near

AChickenCalledKorma Mon 01-Apr-13 19:31:28

Another big thumbs up for the Scouts. DD1 is just back from her first Scout camp and can now add "sleep in a tent when it's snowing" to her list. DH is jealous. I am relieved that the eighty-seven layers of clothing I sent with her stood up to the test grin.

BackforGood Mon 01-Apr-13 19:35:52

ds who is 16, has done all of those (depending on interpretation of tightrope - again, high ropes and low ropes courses with the Scouts)
dd1 (14) and dd2 (11) both well on their way.
As a lot of others have said, many of these have been done with the Scouts - fab organisation smile

VerySmallSqueak Sun 28-Apr-13 13:36:00

Mine are 7 and 8.
So far they have climbed trees,made mud pies,got soaked to the skin,dammed a stream,tracked a wild animal,and the older one has learnt basic first aid.
This Summer I have arranged that we are going wild swimming.I also plan to make a shelter and sleep out with a campfire,and cook on the campfire.And I plan to start teaching them how to read an OS map and use a compass.
I would like to add to the list.Before they are 16 I would like them to be able to skin or pluck and gut their own tea.I also intend to teach them how to shoot (not animals though - targets).And I want them to have at least tried rock climbing,caving and kayaking.

We're going to have such good fun,me and my girls grin.

somanymiles Sat 25-May-13 05:36:40

How do you make a Mentos and Coke rocket?

My kids have done:

2 Cook on an open fire - toast marshmallows, bake potatoes and enjoy an outdoor bonfire feast.

5 Climb a tree - something we all used to do as a child but our children perhaps do less often. Let them clamber!

6 Make a mud pie - all kids LOVE mud - make a muddy corner of the garden for them to squelch, squish and play in.

7 Get soaked to the skin - obviously not in freezing weather! But it feels so fab to really get soaked to the skin.

8 Dam a stream - pick stones and pebbles and sticks and mud to dam a stream.

11 Climb a mountain

13 A bonding weekend with one parent - we are doing this tomorrow - very excited!

15 Learn to sail

16 Build something out of wood

17 Grow your own dinner - start with herbs and easy things like tomatoes and cucumber. Grow carrots, potatoes and berries...

But some great ideas for new things to try - thanks!

I have done:

2 Cook on an open fire - toast marshmallows, bake potatoes and enjoy an outdoor bonfire feast.

4 Use a sharp knife - teach children how to handle a sharp knife carefully and safely. Teach them how to handle it correctly. Try whittling sticks from the age of 6 onwards.

5 Climb a tree - something we all used to do as a child but our children perhaps do less often. Let them clamber!

6 Make a mud pie - all kids LOVE mud - make a muddy corner of the garden for them to squelch, squish and play in.

7 Get soaked to the skin - obviously not in freezing weather! But it feels so fab to really get soaked to the skin.

8 Dam a stream - pick stones and pebbles and sticks and mud to dam a stream.

9 Read a map - whether it's orienteering, a road map or a simple drawn map - let them find their way.

11 Climb a mountain

12 Skinny-dipping/wild swimming

13 A bonding weekend with one parent

14 Learn basic first aid

15 Learn to sail

17 Grow your own dinner - start with herbs and easy things like tomatoes and cucumber. Grow carrots, potatoes and berries...

20 Make a Mentos and Coke rocket - unleash the scientist in your children.

Ineedmorepatience Sat 15-Jun-13 11:14:27

Hi, I have just found this thread.

Dd3 is working her way through the national trusts 50 things to do before you are 11 and 3/4's

Some of the things are abit lame compared to the OP's list but they are maybe for younger children.

Dd3 is going on her first cub camp next week but has been camping with the guides since she was 3.

My Dd2 is studying adventure sports at college too.

I just love to be out and about with them smile

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