A few years ago Persil listed the 33 things to by age 10 as part of their Dirt Is Good campaign to encourage children to exercise.
The Top 10 were:
1. Roll on your side down a grassy bank
2. Make a mud pie
3. Make your own modelling dough mixture
4. Collect frogspawn
5. Make perfume from flower petals
6. Grow cress on a windowsill
7. Make a papier-mache mask
8. Build a sandcastle
9. Climb a tree
10. Make a den in the garden.
Looking over these got us thinking about our own experiences and what we had achieved by age 10. Many of us had certainly rolled down a grassy bank, climbed plenty of trees and also enjoyed modelling dough mixture.
However, by far the favourite and most memorable activity from this list for me was making a den in the garden. When I was young we had a massive willow tree in the garden and surrounding it was plenty of dense over grown shrubbery. In short the bottom of our garden was great for making dens. I realise now how lucky I was to even have a garden, plenty of my friends weren’t so fortunate, as they lived in tower blocks.
This of course begs the question, how many of these activities had you done by age 10?
To see Persil’s full list follow this link: