101 Things Every Kid Should Do Growing Up

101 things

“What counts most is not the number of hours you put in

but how much you put into those hours.”




While listening to the radio one morning, I heard the DJ's talking about a book called 101 Things Every Kid Should Do Growing Up written by Alecia DeVantier, and of course I had to check it out! I hope you enjoy reading the list. I know it made me remember a lot of great things from my childhood and I hope it does the same for you. Remember to help your child take pleasure in the simpler things in life!



1. Every kid should make the world a better place.
-Donate a portion of allowance for charity.
-Do some fundraising.
-Clean up trash in the park.

2. Every kid should believe in things that can’t be seen (angels, fairies, elves, etc.).

3. Every kid should go outside at dusk and stay there until it’s dark to watch the stars come out.

4. Every kid should camp in the backyard.
-Cook hotdogs on a grill.
-Tell spooky stories.
-Roast marshmallows on a gas stove.

5. Every kid should play in the bathtub until his skin wrinkles.

6. Every kid should play with Play-Doh.

7. Every kid should receive notes of support, encouragement, or just because from an parent, friend, or relative.

8. Every kid should catch snowflakes on his tongue and eyelashes.

9. Every kid should write thank you notes of gratitude to a relative or teacher.

10. Every kid should own one really fun piece of clothing.

11. Every kid should turn off the television for a weekend.
-Make a batch of cookies.
-Put on a talent show.
-Go on a road trip.
-Work on a family project.

12. Every kid should eat homemade ice cream on a hot summer evening.

13. Every kid should help create a scrapbook of childhood memories.

14. Every kid should go to a museum.

15. Every kid should build a gingerbread house and then eat it.

16. Every kid should spit out watermelon seeds.

17. Every kid should do a senior study.
-What was your first job?
-Where did you hang out?
-What is the craziest thing you ever did in school?
-What is your favorite movie and why?
-What is your favorite book and why?
-Describe the town you grew up in.

18. Every kid should receive praise for who she is and what she has accomplished.

19. Every kid should have a favorite book or bedtime story.

20. Every kid should take a nighttime hike by the light of the full moon.

21. Every kid should receive an award.

22. Every kid should make a special homemade present for Mom, Dad, Grandma, or Grandpa.

23. Every kid should express creativity (art, etc.).

24. Every kid should learn how to swim.

25. Every kid should go for a ride in a small airplane.

26. Every kid should experiment with a simple science project.

27. Every kid should take music lessons.

28. Every kid should help bake a cake from scratch and then lick the frosting bowl.

29. Every kid should grow a vegetable garden.

30. Every kid should blow a bubblegum bubble until it pops.

31. Every kid should experience a family car trip with family car trip games.

32. Every kid should see a classic movie on the big screen.

33. Every kid should go to a parade.

34. Every kid should write in a journal (friendship journal, dream journal, alien journal, camping journal).

35. Every kid should create a holiday keepsake.

36. Every kid should participate in a ______-a-thon (like a dance-a-thon, bike-a-thon, walk-a-thon, etc.).

37. Every kid should possess a soft, cuddly stuffed animal that he is never forced to give up because he’s too old.

38. Every kid should have a collection of some kind.

39. Every kid should attend a live performance of some show (like a play, rock band, singing competition, etc.).

40. Every kid should let a fuzzy caterpillar crawl up her arm and then watch the caterpillar turn into a butterfly.

41. Every kid should create a self-portrait.

42. Every kid should build a sandcastle in the summer and a snow fort in the winter.

43. Every kid should go on a factory tour.

44. Every kid should decorate the driveway.

45. Every kid should write a memory letter every year.

46. Every kid should explore other cultures.

47. Every kid should play dress up (old purses, scarves, jewelry, ties, Dad’s shirts, Dad’s shoes, Dad’s hats).

48. Every kid should eat green eggs.

49. Every kid should ride a horse.

50. Every kid should have a treasure box.

51. Every kid should spend some time on a farm, even if it’s a short visit.

52. Every kid should be allowed the freedom to make choices, decisions, and mistakes.

53. Every kid should go to a fair, carnival, or amusement park.

54. Every kid should visit the place where Mom and Dad grew up.

55. Every kid should get dressed up and go to a fancy dinner or restaurant.

56. Every kid should create a board game.

57. Every kid should have one outstanding teacher.

58. Every kid should write a letter to a favorite actor, athlete, or hero.

59. Every kid should have a pet.

60. Every kid should have a hobby.

61. Every kid should decorate his or her room according to the theme of his or her choice.

62. Every kid should take a trip to Washington, DC.

63. Every kid should have a secret hideout.

64. Every kid should play classic games like marbles, checkers, cards, and dominoes.

65. Every kid should run a lemonade stand.

66. Every kid should mark birthdays with a celebration.

67. Every kid should clown around (miming, voice throwing, imitations, etc.).

68. Every kid should go to a family reunion.

69. Every kid should make pizza.

70. Every kid should learn to appreciate the different abilities of people.

71. Every kid should be taken for a pajama ride.

72. Every kid should have a get better box (get better pillowcase, sick socks, puppets, and a get better wand).

73. Every kid should blow soap bubbles.

74. Every kid should spend time alone with each parent.

75. Every kid should build a model.

76. Every kid should go on a scavenger hunt.

77. Every kid should go to a baseball game with Grandpa.

78. Every kid should play with his food.

79. Every kid should see Mom and Dad laugh.

80. Every kid should make caramel apples.

81. Every kid should publish a book.

82. Every kid should have a best friend.

83. Every kid should experience the feeling of love, safety, and security.
-Listen to your child.
-Slip a note under your child’s pillow.
-Let her know that she is loved and appreciated.
-Hug your child.
-Tell your child daily what a terrific kid he or she is.
-Don’t dismiss your child’s fears or tears.
-Next time there’s a thunderstorm, wake up your child and sit with them on a couch.

84. Every kid should participate in extracurricular activity (like a book club, craft club, volunteer club, school paper).

85. Every kid should have a pen pal.

86. Every kid should have a personal library card.

87. Every kid should enjoy lazy summer days.

88. Every kid should experience the ocean.

89. Every kid should be given a camera to take pictures and the freedom to take pictures of whatever he or she would like.

90. Every kid should produce a video with cast, makeup, and sound effects.

91. Every kid should experience the mystery of magic.

92. Every kid should go to summer camp.

93. Every kid should make a meal for the family.

94. Every kid should do chores around the house without being paid.

95. Every kid should spend time alone.

96. Every kid should have an adventure (exciting or remarkable experience).

97. Every kid should experience the beauty of nature.

98. Every kid should learn about his or her family’s history.

99. Every kid should learn the value of money.

100. Every kid should have the opportunity to act exactly like a kid.
-Roll down a hill.
-Jump on beds.
-Eat dessert.
-Go on a picnic.
-Splash in puddles in the rain.
-Have a snowball fight.

101. Every kid should have a dream for the future and an adult who believes in that dream (firefighter, teacher, astronaut, doctor, police officer, ballerina, private eye, president of the United States, basketball player, rock star, artist, actress).



“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”

Clay P. Bedford