Wednesday, 11 January 2012

The Potty List: 36 Things Before Three Years!

I am sure by now nearly everyone has heard of the Potty List, a list of thirty six things a toddler should do before the ripe old age of three, one for every month of their lives apparently, which was compiled by feedback from one thousand mums for Cow and Gate as part of the Little One-ders campaign.

When I first heard mention of this list I thought to myself "oh no, not another list to compare toddlers by". As a rule I don't like lists especially those that try to standardise young childrens development as I am a firm believer they do everything in their own time. This, however, is not such a list, it is instead a collection of fun things to do with little ones and is packed full of fantastic ideas and humour. I have to say I think it is great and it has definitely given me a few ideas for things I want to do with Ben like grow cress in the shape of his name - a very clever and fun way to learn how to spell it.

So how many of these things has Ben, two years old, gotten around to doing to date, well the answer is quite a lot of them but this is by no means because I am a doing anything out of the way to tick them off. My approach with Ben is to have fun doing things everyday whether it be playing with toys, creative activities, getting muddy outside or just joining in with normal chores about the house such as the washing up, cooking or battling with me over the vacuum cleaner. Turns out just doing normal things helps you tick off most of the things on the list.

So here you go, this is the magic list of things to do before your toddlers turns three. Enjoy and I hope you are as lucky as me not to have encountered number 24 yet..
  1. Made a mud pie
  2. Baked a cake
  3. Finger painted
  4. Sung loudly in public
  5. Climbed a big hill
  6. Picked fruit
  7. Danced with no inhibitions
  8. Made sandcastles on the beach
  9. Been chased by a monster
  10. Jumped in a puddle so hard the water went in mummy’s shoe too
  11. Belly-flopped
  12. Fed the ducks
  13. Blown bubbles
  14. Had a teddy bear’s picnic
  15. Chosen a favourite book
  16. Ridden on the top of double-decker bus
  17. Visited a museum
  18. Been on a train ride
  19. Fed an animal
  20. Grown cress in the shape of your name
  21. Worn pants on your head
  22. Ridden the tea-cups at the fair
  23. Flown a paper aeroplane
  24. Poo’ed in the bath
  25. Stayed the night away from home
  26. Ridden on daddy’s shoulders
  27. Scribbled somewhere you shouldn’t
  28. Cleaned your own teeth
  29. Answered the phone
  30. Mastered a party piece
  31. Had a ‘first love’
  32. Bought something in a shop
  33. Set your sights on a future career (pirate, fairy or builder, perhaps?)
  34. Told a fib
  35. Made up an inappropriate nickname for someone
  36. Broken something valuable
Number 9: Being Chased By A Monster!


Jenny Paulin said...

Burton has done number 24 in the bath and the shower - lucky me! I think Burton has done some of these but there are still a few we need to achieve before July then! better get a move on x

Mixedupmummy said...

I hadn't heard of the potty list but pleased I did! Pleased to see we've done a lot of those but need to let loose a bit and make a mud pie and splash in some more puddles methinks! Unfortunately my tot has also done #24 when he was younger- several times... Baths can be very relaxing!

Mummy's Space said...

I'm surprised we've escaped #24 to be honest - I do hope it stays that way though :). I like the list - kind of reminds you it's the simple things that are lots of fun for little ones!

Mummy's Space said...

Haha mud and puddles can be lots of fun once you get past the initial messiness and embrace it... just remember you're going to get all messy too when you inevitably have to pick up your muddy toddler or they decide to fling a mud ball at you ;)

Steph said...

Cool list! I have encountered number 24, more times than I'd like.  We have The Poo Mug now, that lives in the bathroom and is never ever to be drunk from, for obvious reasons. It's a good size for scooping out poo. 

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