Bucket List for Kids
Recently, I had an interesting conversation with a dear friend. She shared that she has a list of ‘milestones’ for her kids. As she explained, I realised it was somewhat like a “BUCKET LIST” that she wants her kids to be able to do before they grow up. I’m not sure if that’s the right term, but this Kids’ Bucket List is a really good idea! It’s a ‘sporty’ list of sorts.
Here’s what’s on her list:
To be able to Swim
To be able to Cycle
To be able to Roller-blade
To be able to sit on a swing, and swing high
It got me thinking what would my Bucket List for my kids be? Like my friend, I want them to do all that’s in her list. And some more.
Top on my list: My kids must be able to run 2.4km without body aches and stopping for a stroll. You see, in Singapore, we have the National Physical Fitness Award (NaPFA) that every student has to undergo from age 10. I struggled big time when I had to take this test every year. Ok, let me be brutally honest. I hated NaPFA. Really really hated it.
That’s what we had to do.
- 2.4-km/1.6-km Walk-Run: Minimum time on firm and level surface (1.6km for under 12yo)
- Shuttle Run: Faster of two 4×10 metre attempts
- Pull-ups (for males 15 years and above only): Maximum in half-a-minute
- Inclined Pull-ups (for all females, and males up to the age of 14): Maximum in half-a-minute
- Sit and Reach: Better of two attempts with floating zero point
- Standing Broad Jump: Better of two distances
- Sit-ups: Maximum in one minute
The only thing I could do confidently was Sit and Reach. (haha the most un-sporty event). Everything else was a big struggle. So I would really want my kids not to suffer like me. The toughest bit was the 2.4km run… thus all my kids must be able to run the distance completely without struggling.
Do you have a similar ‘physical’ Bucket List for your kids?
A kids’ bucket list is interesting, why didn’t I think of it….Thanks for this inspiration, this shall be our next dinner table discussion! 🙂
I wasn’t much of an athlete myself and hated PE. I hope my kids will be more involve in sports, but my bucket list for them would be mainly to swim. My son is currently afraid of the water whenever we take him to the pool.
To be able to swim is still on my bucket list. 😀
I haven’t thought of asking them, but think it’s a great idea to. 🙂
Wow – 2.4k is quite a ways even for a 10 year old! I had terrible asthma as a child and could never do that. Good luck!
Swimming is an important one for us, because we are around water all the time. All my kids are good swimmers, my husband still needs to get better.
We never overly encouraged sports in our home when our daughter was younger, but we did insist she learn how to swim. She did really well at that too going all the way to the lifesaving courses and then she wanted to quit the lessons so we let her.
Good idea! Will ask my boys soon!
My son is grown now. I didn’t really have a bucket list for him. If I had a little one now, I would probably make one like this.
I have never thought about kids doing a bucket list. That is a great idea. My son is 22, so no little kids here, but I should tell my sister to have her kids do it.
I have never really thought of a bucket list for my kids. But I want them both to learn how to swim. My son is really scared of water so him swimming would be huge.