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Important Things

We’ve been thinking about important things so we decided to do a project about them. It started yesterday when daddy asked people on Twitter what they thought were important things. They gave us a good list.

The #importantthings list from Twitter

The #importantthings list from Twitter.

We wanted to think about what was most important so daddy thought of a way that would help us decide. He got the idea from @martinhowitt on Twitter, who mentioned something called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

First we wrote our names on the top of two big pieces of paper (one each).

Making a place for our lists

Making a place for our lists.

Next we stuck our big pieces of paper on the wall.

Our big pieces of paper

Our big pieces of paper.

Then we started to draw and write important things on post-it notes. We thought of five ourselves and used five from the people on Twitter.

Olive drawing an important thing

Olive drawing an important thing.

Frieda writing an important thing.

Frieda writing an important thing.

We stuck all our post-it notes onto our big pieces of paper.

Frieda sticking on her important things.

Frieda sticking on her important things.

Once we had done them all we re-arranged them with the most important ones at the top and the least important ones at the bottom.

Olive re-arranging her important things.

Olive re-arranging her important things.

Here are our finished lists:

Our finished lists.

Our finished lists.

Frieda’s list was:

  • Doggy (her cuddly toy)
  • Nature
  • Smiling
  • Her generation
  • Electricity
  • Trees
  • Love
  • Food
  • Chocolate
  • Fun (this was later moved up the list)

Olive’s list was:

  • Sandwich (her cuddly toy)
  • The sea
  • Electricity
  • Food
  • Family
  • Bubbles
  • Creativity
  • Her face
  • Her generation
  • Staying away from giraffes (they kick)
  • Janet E Davis

    I’m utterly delighted to see that a few of my suggestions made it through to the final lists of Important Things.
    I was impressed that you had a methodology for deciding.
    It would be very interesting to make lists again in 2 or 3 years’ time (without reminding yourselves of these lists) and then to compare the new lists with these.

  • Sarah

    Hopefully Cameron will include a few of these on this ‘happiness manifesto’. Brilliant 🙂

  • grandma and grandad

    What a good idea, it made us think about our important things, and the main one we thought of was our lovely family, but then we decided fish and chips should also be on the list, with a bit of sunshine thrown in.