Go fly a KITE!

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 05/08/2009 - 15:09.



I picked up the book Catch a Fish, Throw a Ball, Fly a Kite : 21 Timeless Skills Every Child Should Know (and any parent can teach!) and first thought to myself, "Wow, what a wordy title!." and, then I thought, "How would I rate against kids today on the 21 skills?."

Here are the recommended skills:

  1. Catch a Fish
  2. Throw a Ball
  3. Catch a Ball
  4. Plant a Tree
  5. Ride a Bike
  6. Bake Bread
  7. Fly a Kite
  8. Juggle
  9. Build a Fire
  10. Make a Sandcastle
  11. Play a Blade of Grass
  12. Skip a Stone
  13. Make a Paper Airplane
  14. Do a Magic Trick
  15. Eat with Chopsticks
  16. Build a Wooden Box
  17. Spin a Yo-Yo
  18. Grow a Garden
  19. Make Apple Pie
  20. Throw a Frisbee
  21. Name the Stars

Looking over this list, I can thank my mom and dad for passing on these essential life skills.  I can not claim mastery of any one, but I can claim the experience!  How many children today can say the same thing? 

Please name some other ESSENTIAL life experiences for today's kids (I would say that sitting in front of a computer is not one of them!)  It is Friday.  I am leaving this computer and I have plans to fly a kite! It's never to late to be a kid!


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mcshane I heart U!

Good post!

I am on your page.


skills for kids

* climb a tree

* build something with a hammer, nails and scrap wood

* get lost in a good book

* tell a story

* ride a bicycle

more timeless skills for kids

  • make a fort
  • build and race a go-cart
  • "cook" fried bologna sandwich
  • make music
  • put on a neighborhood play
  • have a spy club
  • bake cookies
  • weave or sew a gift