Thinking & Feeling

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Friday, 3 May 2013

Meme: How many have you and your kids done?

I got this from a discussion board I am on and thought it was fun and interesting...

being African means we have done most of this stuff. Many we do often!


1. Climb a tree - oh yes, often, and often with me too. We have had picnic in trees!

2. Roll down a really big hill - oh yes all the way down huge Namibia sand dunes even

3. Camp out in the wild - yarp, we've camped a fair amount. The boys have also done scout camps with overnight camping.

4. Build a den - more often than I'd like at home and some outside too.

5. Skim a stone - yup Q is excellent at it... but I suck! Meh.

6. Run around in the rain  - yes! We all do this.

7. Fly a kite - yes they got really good at it too and could even kite 'fight' like in the kite runner. We haven't for ages though, we should dig them out again.

8. Catch a fish with a net - yes we have.

9. Eat an apple straight from a tree - yes I am very guilty of stopping on fruit farms to pick fruit straight off the trees. I am often told the 'fruit police' will get me. But I love being able to eat fruit direct off the tree it's so special!

10. Play conkers (a game played using the seeds of horse-chestnut trees) - no none of us have done this. But the boys have played a lot of marbles.


11. Go on a really long bike ride - yes. I have ridden over 100kms at a time a few times, Quinn's done up to 33 kms and Griff about 12 km or so. I want us to do more of this!

12. Make a trail with sticks - yes the boys made a whole adventure trail when we went away for the week-end once and made me try it out before we left.

13. Make a mud pie - d'uh. Of course!

14. Dam a stream - Yes plenty of times. Boys and I did this on a school class camping weekend where we all dammed the stream together.

15. Play in the snow - I have the boys haven't yet had an opportunity to do this.

16. Make a daisy chain - I have, not very successfully though.

17. Set up a snail race - yes once or twice.

18. Create some wild art - Yes, stones, shells, starfish and sea sand designs.

19. Play Pooh sticks (A game played in Winnie the Pooh, where you drop a stick off the upstream side of a bridge to see whose comes out first downstream) - yes, we LOVE this one!

20. Jump over waves - again d'uh of course!


21. Pick blackberries growing in the wild - yes, those berries that grow on brambles and mulberries off local neighbourhood trees in spring.

22. Explore inside a tree - yes we LOVE trees!

23. Visit a farm - yup many.

24. Go on a walk barefoot - d'uh we are African it's a given!

25. Make a grass trumpet - yes! Quinn is brilliant at this. I am not very good.

26. Hunt for fossils and bones - not explicitly but have found some cool bones while exploring.

27. Go star gazing - yes.

28. Climb a huge hill - YES!

29. Explore a cave - yes. Ox wagon cave in Arniston.

30. Hold a scary beast - Do dung beetles  snakes, lizards  geckos, chameleons, cockroaches, spiders, worms etc count? (Quinn loses points for being scared and squeamish about it though)


31. Hunt for bugs - YES

32. Find some frogspawn - yes and taken them home.

33. Catch a falling leaf - yes. :)

34. Track wild animals - yes in parks and reserves and also dassies and little animals around Cape Town. A civet above Kirstenbosch, snakes etc.

35. Discover what's in a pond - yes. Frogs, tadpoles, dragonflies, little fish etc.

36. Make a home for a wild animal - how wild? Birds and field mice and moles. Yes. Lion's and Elephants - no ;)

37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool - YES. And caught and played with many of them too.

38. Bring up a butterfly - no but we've done silkworms/moths.

39. Catch a crab - Yes.

40. Go on a nature walk at night - yes


41. Plant it, grow it, eat it - YES. Coriander  Parsley  Celery, Basil, Spinach, chives, lemon grass, Green Peppers, tomatoes, etc

42. Go swimming in the sea - HELLO!? We live in cae Town. That's a yes then.

43. Build a raft - yup scouts kontiki - say no more.

44. Go bird watching - yes in various game parks and reserves.

45. Find your way with a map and compass - yes, lots with scouts. I am great with maps.

46. Try rock climbing - yes. Bouldering outdoors and some City Rock indoor stuff. Love it!

47. Cook on a campfire - of course.

48. Learn to ride a horse - we have riden a few times but are not very accomplished.

49. Find a geocache - NO but it's something I have been wanting to do for a couple of years now, I must get my A into Gear and do it!

50. Canoe down a river - yes I have been paddling on the breede river and in various kayaks, canoes and rafts  boys have done bamboo rafting in India, and Kontiki rafting with scouts and canoeing with scouts.

1 comment:

  1. Uhm, no snow for the kids since now? Kids HAVE to play in it! It´s a must-have! ;o)

    First I wondering but after I saw the Wikipedia-article about Capetown I read that it was even around 7°C even in winter with a record low at -1°C so - mostly no snow. ;-( Not even on Table Mountain? Hm... ok, snow may be common here in Northern Europe but at least they had fun with snakes, lizards, geckos or chameleons which aren´t pretty common in nature here. OK, we have cockroaches (uhm) and spiders here, too but I suggest the african ones might be something scarier. :o)

    But nos now... ;-(