100 Things to Do Before Kindergarten

Eliza Clark
January 15, 2016

We enjoy making lists here at The Savvy Source. Making a list is an act of hope, and a form of dreaming as well as planning.

These years before kindergarten and the forward march of school years are precious and irreplaceable. Never again will we have so much plain old free time with these adorables of ours. So here's a list of lots of stuff we hope to do with them, make possible for them, show them and teach them before they head off to (gasp!) elementary school.

And if we don't get around to each and every one of these items...well, we still have another twelve years before they go to college!

In no particular order....

1. Go to the zoo

2. Visit a farm

3. Go on a hike

4. Play with kittens or puppies

5. Catch a frog

6. Make a gigantic mess

7. Help clean up a gigantic mess

8. Master the monkey-bars

9. Swing high up into the sky all by themselves

10. Try ice-skating

11. Go sledding

12. Make a snow-man

13. Blow bubbles

14. Plant seeds and watch them grow

15. Have a pillow fight

16. Jump on a big bed

17. Jump on a trampoline or in a bounce house

18. Hang out in a tent

19. Spend days at the beach

20. Build sandcastles

21. Go fishing

22. Go out on a boat

23. Play with blocks and puzzles

24. Read the classic picture books

25. Read a classic chapter book

26. Check out library books with their own library card

27. Get a passport

28. Carve a pumpkin

29. Hold a newborn baby (to see how much they've grown)

30. Love a special doll or stuffed animal

31. Bake cookies and cakes

32. Help plan their own birthday party

33. Go to the circus

34. Go to a museum on a quiet weekday

35. Play hide-and-seek

36. Play a board game

37. Do nothing whatsoever all day

38. Try a sport

39. Watch a sporting event

40. Learn to swim

41. Be tickled in hysterics

42. Paint and draw as much as desired

43. Have the use of scissors and glue

44. Display artworks and other creations around the house

45. Learn to use a camera (and keep an album of the results!)

46. Play with clay

47. Pick flowers

48. Climb a tree

49. Gaze at the moon and stars

50. Toast marshmallows

51. Learn to eat an ice-cream cone

52. Watch a sunset

53. Learn to write their own names

54. Learn their addresses and telephone numbers

55. Learn their parents' full names

56. Set the table

57. Clear the table

58. Help wash the dishes

59. Learn to say their pleases and thank yous and excuse mes

60. Watch fireworks

61. Go to the ballet or theater or a puppet show

62. Put on a ballet or play or puppet show at home

63. Face paint

64. Dress up in costumes at will

65. Learn rhymes and poems and songs by heart

66. Have a dance party

67. Enjoy friends at preschool and at the park

68. Invite friends over to play

69. Get to know grandparents

70. Play with cousins

71. Become attached to a wonderful preschool teacher and/or babysitter

72. Learn the name of our president

73. Know the name of their town, state and country

74. Be familiar with a map of the world

75. Listen to music from many different ages and genres

76. Hear and learn words from a different language

77. Learn the difference between trash and recycling

78. Grow their own vegetables

79. Learn to ride a bike (or try!)

80. Take a road trip

81. Draw a self-portrait

82. Slurp alphabet soup

83. Learn to twirl spaghetti on a fork

84. Pick apples

85. Star in a home movie

86. Learn a magic trick

87. Try different hair-dos

88. Practice writing letters

89. Practice counting to 100

90. Make up stories

91. Send a letter

92. Receive a letter

93. Ride on a merry-go-round

94. Give away toys and books to less fortunate children

95. Learn the value of coins and bills

96. Keep a piggy bank

97. Try a musical instrument

98. Have a heartfelt wish granted

99. Have a heartfelt wish denied

100. Receive a million (make that a billion) heartfelt kisses and hugs from their parents!

From the Parents

  • Parent # 1

    Thank you for this list! I love it! And #94 - Giving away books or toys is such a wonderful idea, too. For our son's 5th birthday, we collected books instead of gifts from friends. Then, he donated the books to a local children's center who was in need of books. It made him feel good to know that he made other children happy by giving them presents.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 2

    excellent list!! as the mother of a 5 month old (our 1st) i am sooo excited to do these things with our daughter!!

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 3

    I think 37 of those things have already been done.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 4

    Wow such a big list. I guess we are way behind. My pk'er is 4 yrs and almost 8 mos on the 12 this month and we have so much to do before we start doing K of course we homeshool so we have lots of time. I am working on the rest of Cap lett recognition and lower case letter recognition and number recognition that takes up a lot of time seems like if I try to do other things we get off track from the important things he needs to learn by K. Since we are homeschooling I guess I have till he is 6 to learn everything. Some of these things we can do and some we can't our town don't have some of those places to visit we would have to go out of town to do some of them. I have another list that is not quite so huge that is more attainable.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 5

    Great list. And I'll add: If you want to memorize it, put it to music. We've done this with name/address/phone# song before mine started pre-k. Then with addition/multiplication tables. Now she and her friends make up their own songs for extra credit in Science.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 6

    What a wonderful list! Was pleasantly surprised to know that we do about 90% of the listed things and still have so many more to enjoy with our preschooler. Turns out he enjoys books n travelling just as much as his parents too, which was our concern. I have a couple more suggestions - trip to a farmers maker, a music instrument store where they can try them out, and kiddie workshops at local hardware stores! Most of these workshops are free and age appropriate!

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 7

    I applaud you .......many times over.......as a retired special education teacher your list is totally relevant to the building blocks necessary for learning.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 8

    love this list! I would also put teach them to take care of the family pet. My almost 3 year old loves feeding her fish, but she absolutely loves feeding and giving the dog treats if she sits. The most rewarding is when we take the dog on walks, she insists that she hold the leash!!

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 9

    Take your child camping. Let them get a taste of nature and what quiet actually sounds like. A sky lit up with stars will intrigue them. But be sure and take some bug spray :)

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 10

    I think the "List" is Great ! And being the mother of a two year old , this will give us plenty to do for the coming years! So thanks!! : ) The only thing I would add is to also teach your child how to dial 911 in case of emergency...

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 11

    I also think it is important to teach your child to memorize her full name, age, parents name and an emergency phone number.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 12

    learn to put on your own jacket and wipe yourself after the potty. kindergarten teachers are not valets. :)

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 13

    I am a preschool teacher and I love this list! It addresses so many of the discoveries and joys which a child needs, some of which, the educational systems are not set up to provide! Parents will fall in love with parenting and educating, when they use this!

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 14

    please add "go to the dentist"!! This should be done by age 2 and should be a normal part of every child's life....it's even fun these days :)

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 15

    I have some time to work on the list since my boy starts kinder this coming school year. I guess I have an activity planned for every weekend from here to August.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 16

    Wow I guess I'm either a bad parent or my daughter is behind, sounds like both!

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 17

    I would like to add: play store: my daughter collects little toys and things from around the house and sets them all up and we take turns using real coins to sell things to each other. As we play I talk to her about the money, how much each coin is worth and talk about the pictures on the coins. She loves it!

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 18

    Excellent...Making a book of this list with pictures of him doing each and every one of these fun, exciting and educational activities! Let the bonding begin...

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 19

    love the list, there are some things me and my daughter have not done yet...:)

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 20

    Perfect list of things to do, remember everything you need to know about life is learned in Kindergarten

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 21

    Perfect list of things to do, remember everything you need to know about life is learned in Kindergarten

    over a year ago

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