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70 Things To Do Before You Are 12.

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Wing Commander, Aug 20, 2019.

  1. Wing Commander

    Wing Commander Engaging Member

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    Four of my grandchildren virtually live at my house during school holidays, so I made up a list of things for them to do to keep themselves amused. The youngest is now 9.
    It has taken a while to do some of them due to waiting for the correct weather, but I am happy to report that they have all completed the list. . . . . and now they want another one. :rolleyes:

    70 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU'RE 12.

    1. Climb a tree
    2. Roll down a really big hill
    3. Camp out overnight in a tent.
    4. Build a den
    5. Skim a stone on water.
    6. Run around in the rain
    7. Fly a kite.
    8. Build a sand castle.
    9. Eat an apple straight from a tree
    10. Play conkers

    11. Throw some snow
    12. Hunt for treasure on the beach
    13. Make a mud pie
    14. Dam a stream
    15. Go sledging
    16. Lie on your back and look for shapes of everyday objects in the clouds.
    17. Set up a snail race.
    18. Balance on a fallen tree
    19. Swing on a home-made rope swing
    20. Make a mud slide

    21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild
    22. Take a look inside a tree
    23. Visit an island
    24. Feel like you're flying in the wind
    25. Make a grass trumpet
    26. Hunt for fossils and bones
    27. Watch the sun wake up (Sunrise).
    28. Climb a huge hill
    29. Get behind a waterfall
    30. Feed a bird from your hand

    31. Hunt for bugs
    32. Find some frogspawn
    33. Catch a butterfly in a net
    34. Track wild animals
    35. Discover what's in a pond
    36. Call an owl.
    37. Check out crazy creatures in a rock pool
    38. Go sailing on a boat.
    39. Catch a crab
    40. Go on a nature walk at night

    41. Plant it, grow it, eat it
    42. Go wild swimming
    43. Go rafting... make the raft first.
    44. Light a fire without matches
    45. Find your way with a map and compass.
    46. Drive a go-cart.
    47. Cook on a campfire
    48. Try abseiling
    49. Jump in a puddle.
    50. Canoe down a river

    51. Make a paper aeroplane.
    52. Fly a radio controlled aeroplane.
    53. Go up in a real aeroplane...and take the controls.
    53. Watch a squirrel climb a tree.
    54. Identify five birds.
    55. Watch the sunset.
    56. Take part in a water fight.
    57. Handle a bird of prey.
    58. Play hide and seek .... OUTSIDE.
    59. Grow a sunflower.
    60. Make a wish on a Chinese lantern and fly it.

    61. Ride a bike down a muddy trail.
    62. Go on a train ride without an adult.
    63. Eat a sugar sandwich.
    64. Laugh until you cry.
    65. Drive a radio controlled car.
    66. Ride a horse.
    67. Eat an orange straight from the tree.
    68. Sharpen a knife.
    69. Shoot a gun.
    70. Build and paint an Airfix kit.
     
  2. PumpnGun

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    No 64 :thumb:

    Ray
     
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    Tricky13 Keyboard Hero

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    Brings back some memories that's definitely a list most children of today should do....most just look at you like your mad when you suggest anything like that.
     
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    Nice list.
    I'm happy to say with the exception of 52 the first of the two 53,s ;) plus 63 and 67.


    I think my kids have got the rest covered :thumb:.
     
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  5. Wing Commander

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    There is a park just 50 yards from my front door, and about 200 acres of waste land (and a stream and trees) to play in beyond that. This is their playground.... I keep in touch with them via powerful walkie talkies. :up:

    As they weren't here yesterday, I made a "secret" pirate treasure hunt route for them. The route involves following and solving various clues with the aid of a compass and getting some additional help via the radios.. . So they are out there at the moment chasing clues to get to their treasure, which is a bag of sweets. With any luck it should take them a couple of hours... and the end of the route is outside my back door. :D
     
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    Great list on what you should do before your 12 Wing Commander, some brought back memories of when I was 12.
     
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    my little one came home with a list like that at the end of term
     
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    That's a great idea. Were you looking for suggestions for the next list?
     
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    Feel free. . . All suggestions are appreciated. :up:
     
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    Hows about another list...…….

    12 things to do before you're 70.
     
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    I took three of my grandchildren to Ypres last year for a week, they were 12. 14 and 16 mind.
     
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    A little to late for me Strathrpc:(
     
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    OK I'll start it;

    No.1 Have an enjoyable social evening or two with TWO young Asian females (and not pay directly for the pleasure!). Tick.
     
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    Great list, everyone should do them:thumb:
     
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    You missed out the Main thing Girls Girls Girls.
     
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    Sad, but I heard yesterday that my nephew, who is spending a week with his estranged father, is refusing to go out 'cos he's into Fortnite and can't leave it alone!
    For those of us 70+ we'd probably have added 'Who's got the best bombsite to play on?'
    Jim
     
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    You left out: Eat a worm.
     
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    Eyyyewwwww. . . . I will suggest it but they are eating ice cream at the moment.
     
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    Here's a few at random:

    Watch the full moon rise and set.

    The next full moon is 14 September, rising around 20.00 about 30 minutes after sunset, setting around sunrise the next morning. Detailed data for your location available online from the Astronomical Applications Department, US Naval Observatory, Washington.

    Stand and watch the sun rise or set, and think and feel that it is not moving, but you are spinning forwards towards it or backwards and away from the light. It can be a very powerful feeling.

    Find the North Star using the Plough or Cassiopeia.

    Learn to recognise the major constellations and bright stars, such as Orion and Sirius.

    Make an origami model.

    Make a bow and arrow.

    Make a catapult.

    Ride a bicycle no hands.

    Fix a puncture.

    Read Treasure Island.

    Sail a dinghy.

    Memorise a poem.

    Learn to tie some basic knots, reef, clove hitch, bowline, sheet bend, fisherman’s bend, figure-of-eight.

    Catch prawns in the rocks and cook them on the beach.

    Eat wild garlic.

    Gather mushrooms.

    And finally, before you’re 12 - pass your 11-plus.
     
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    My list was a little different when i was a kid during the school holidays.Grown up a bit now or i'd be in a little bit of trouble.

    Make catapults and smash bottles with them
    Make bows and arrows and go hunting frogs
    Throw eggs at passing buses
    Go scrumping for fruit in peoples allotments and gardens
    Roll down a very long vey steep hill inside lorry tyres.
    Go swimming in the dead sheep infested nearby dammed river
    Go swailing
    Set fire to the local tyre tip
    Play army with gat guns and actually shoot at each other
    Block up car exhausts with potatoes
    Go camping and use the local farmers fence posts as firewood

    Many more to list but i'm only digging a deeper hole for myself.
     
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