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Top ten things to do before you are ten

I am a great believer in my children playing outside.  In them having a level of freedom that I had when I was growing up.  I have blogged about it on my other blog The Mad House previously.  We relocated back to the North East of England to allow them to have the freedom that only being outside can bring.

Bear Grylls and Persil small & mighty have teamed to release his  'Top Ten Things To Do Before You’re Ten' guide, the aim is to inspire families to shake off the constraints of modern life and get outdoors.

Bear Grylls’ Top Ten Things To Do Before You’re Ten

  1. Perfect the perfect hill roll
  2. Become a hide-and-seek champion
  3. Go sledging- on sand
  4. Build a den- indoors or out
  5. Build a rope swing
  6. Nurse that sting
  7. Try and count the stars
  8. Make a mud pie
  9. Make a compass
  10. Pick your own pudding

I have to say that thankfully my boys have actually done nine out of ten of the list, which really made me smile.   It also made me think that a lot of these things actually cost nothing and are perfect things to encourage your children to do.

I would also add the following:
  • Climb a tree
  • Paddle in the sea or a river
  • Make and fly a kite

I want my boys to have adventures and learn the joy that the outside can bring and this is one of the reasons Maxi is in the Beavers and Mini is joining after Easter.  I have also joined the committee and the boys are looking forward to their first camp (which will be their first night away from home) in July.

Bear Grylls will be hosting the first ever Persil ‘Today I Am… Adventure Day on 26th May 2012 and your child could be one of just 140 kids from across the UK to attend.   Just buy any pack of Persil to be in with the chance of winning! Visit for more details. Please do not *cough* enter the competition, as I am going to win and have to meet Bear as the boys have informed me he is Chief Scout!


  1. My girls turned ten last week and has done all of them including yours except for sledging on sand .....was that your missing one? such a great idea

    1. My two have never made their own compass, but it is on our list to do now


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