Thursday, August 05, 2010

100 Things - 3 Years Old Edition

A year ago, I posted a list of 100 things parents should try to do with their children before kindergarten. Here is where I track my progress. I've linked where I can if you are interested (but really just expect the grandparents to care).

1. Go to the zoo

2. Visit a farm

3. Go on a hike

4. Play with kittens or puppies

5. Catch a frog

6. Make a gigantic mess (DONE)

7. Help clean up a gigantic mess

8. Master the monkey-bars

9. Swing high up into the sky all by themselves (DONE)

10. Try ice-skating

11. Go sledding

12. Make a snow-man

13. Blow bubbles (DONE)

14. Plant seeds and watch them grow (DONE)

15. Have a pillow fight (DONE)

16. Jump on a big bed (DONE)

17. Jump on a trampoline or in a bounce house (DONE)

18. Hang out in a tent

19. Spend days at the beach

20. Build sandcastles

21. Go fishing

22. Go out on a boat

23. Play with blocks and puzzles  (DONE)

24. Read the classic picture books  (DONE)

25. Read a classic chapter book

26. Check out library books with their own library card

27. Get a passport

28. Carve a pumpkin

29. Hold a newborn baby (to see how much they've grown) (DONE)

30. Love a special doll or stuffed animal

31. Bake cookies and cakes

32. Help plan their own birthday party (doing it now!!!)

33. Go to the circus

34. Go to a museum on a quiet weekday

35. Play hide-and-seek (DONE)

36. Play a board game

37. Do nothing whatsoever all day

38. Try a sport

39. Watch a sporting event

40. Learn to swim

41. Be tickled in hysterics (DONE)

42. Paint and draw as much as desired

43. Have the use of scissors and glue (DONE)

44. Display artworks and other creations around the house (DONE)

45. Learn to use a camera (and keep an album of the results!)

46. Play with clay (It was her potty training prize!) (DONE)

47. Pick flowers

48. Climb a tree

49. Gaze at the moon and stars

50. Toast marshmallows

51. Learn to eat an ice-cream cone

52. Watch a sunset

53. Learn to write their own names

54. Learn their addresses and telephone numbers

55. Learn their parents' full names (DONE)

56. Set the table (DONE)

57. Clear the table

58. Help wash the dishes

59. Learn to say their pleases and thank yous and excuse mes

60. Watch fireworks (DONE)

61. Go to the ballet or theater or a puppet show (DONE)

62. Put on a ballet or play or puppet show at home

63. Face paint

64. Dress up in costumes at will

65. Learn rhymes and poems and songs by heart (DONE)

66. Have a dance party

67. Enjoy friends at preschool and at the park (DONE)

68. Invite friends over to play (DONE)

69. Get to know grandparents (DONE)

70. Play with cousins

71. Become attached to a wonderful preschool teacher and/or babysitter (DONE)
72. Learn the name of our president

73. Know the name of their town, state and country (DONE)

74. Be familiar with a map of the world

75. Listen to music from many different ages and genres

76. Hear and learn words from a different language (DONE)

77. Learn the difference between trash and recycling

78. Grow their own vegetables

79. Learn to ride a bike (or try!)

80. Take a road trip

81. Draw a self-portrait

82. Slurp alphabet soup

83. Learn to twirl spaghetti on a fork

84. Pick apples

85. Star in a home movie

86. Learn a magic trick

87. Try different hair-dos

88. Practice writing letters (DONE)

89. Practice counting to 100

90. Make up stories (DONE)

91. Send a letter

92. Receive a letter (DONE)

93. Ride on a merry-go-round

94. Give away toys and books to less fortunate children

95. Learn the value of coins and bills

96. Keep a piggy bank

97. Try a musical instrument (DONE)

98. Have a heartfelt wish granted

99. Have a heartfelt wish denied

100. Receive a million (make that a billion) heartfelt kisses and hugs from their parents!

Clearly, even though we are nearly half way there, we have a lot more to accomplish in the next 3 2 years! And not to worry, you'll be able to come along for the ride by hanging out here at Family Musings.

And now I know I need to go back and blog about all of those (DONE) items that have no link!

HT: Tonggu Momma 


  1. What? No Fishing? For shame! (Just don't ask when I've last been out.) - Having been taken fishing as a kid (a lot) I'm just glad it made the list.

  2. There are 4 things on that list that I haven't done and I'm way past 3.

  3. Not that you asked, but as the mother of 7 1/2 yr olds (twins), I must comment on a couple of these. My girls weren't even ready to attempt the monkey bars until last fall (so they were 6 1/2), and even then, they struggled, so perhaps "attempt the monkey bars" would be a better pre-kindergarten goal.

    Unless your library has a limit per card, frankly, until my kids are going to the library without me, I don't see much need for them to have their own cards, it just seems like more lists for me to check and more cards for me to keep track of (though when I was a kid, our library's children dept kept childrens' cards on file so they were always there, if our library did that, and my kids cared, I might be ok with it, but still . . . checking multiple accounts online, ugh . . . maybe I'm just not organized enough for such things!

    And I just had to giggle at the "do nothing all day" I don't think kids are capable of that. Perhaps "have nothing planned for a day" but I'd have to tie my kids down to keep them from doing SOMETHING on any given day, hee hee.

    I love the idea of your list though!

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