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50 Experiences Every Child Should Have Before They Reach 16

The Young Inspectors worked as a group to come up with a list of things they felt all children and young people should experience whilst they are growing up. They included things they had personally experienced as well as things they would have liked to experience during their childhood. 

Places to visit:

  • Visit a Farm
  • Visit the Seaside
  • Go Camping
  • Go to the Library
  • Go on a School trip
  • Have lots of trips to the park
  • Go to the Cinema (with popcorn)
  • Visit a Zoo
  • Attend a party
  • Go to a Fairground
  • Attend firework night


  • Eat a Toffee apple
  • Taste Fish and chips especially at the seaside
  • Chance to try different food such as Chinese/Indian food
  • Drink a cold Slush puppy
  • Doughnuts at the seaside
  • Have a Milkshake
  • Have a Crisp sandwich
  • Eat rock at the seaside

Things to do:

  • Being tucked up in bed by someone who cares about you
  • Have reading and colouring books
  • Play hide and seek/Eye Spy
  • Pop bubble wrap
  • Build Lego
  • Play board games
  • Brush teeth with kids toothpaste
  • Go swimming
  • Make Christmas decorations
  • Dress up in fancy dress
  • Have a teddy bear
  • Watch a puppet show
  • Attend a play group/youth group
  • Baking – make jam tarts
  • Go on the rides outside the supermarket
  • Tell stories round a camp fire
  • Get your Face painted
  • Climb trees
  • Paddle in the sea
  • Jump on a bouncy castle
  • Build a snowman/go sledging
  • Build a Den
  • Have pocket money
  • Learn how to ride a bike
  • Watch Disney films
  • Play with friends
  • Have a Sleep over/pillow fight
  • Fly a kite
  • Take a donkey ride at the beach
  • Be read a bed time story
  • Play an instrument
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