These old fashioned skills are things everyone should know, including kids of all ages whether they are older children or younger children. Plus, these old fashioned skills are a fun way to keep your kids busy when they’re bored. Whether you’re at home or in the classroom these teachable and forgotten old fashioned skills are important to know!

Old Fashioned Skills Kids Should learn like this little girl in a dress watering purple flowers outside with a watering can
These old fashioned skills are something all kids should know!

Old Fashioned Important Life Skills for kids

Are your kids telling you they’re bored? This past week was the first week that my 11-year-old son told me he was bored. We’ve done all the crafts, projects, workbooks that he wants to do so now it’s time to find something else to keep him busy.

So, I found an awesome list on Facebook that is titled “Old-Fashioned Skills That Kids Need to Know. I read through the list and realized that a lot of these weren’t things that I was necessarily taught but things I had to learn on my own when I moved out at 18. Now that I have this list, these are the things that I am going to work on with all my kids (21, 17, 11) and make sure they know how to perform these skills.

Related: Teaching kids the life skills of being a good friend.

Life Skills Activities: How to Communicate

  • How to write a letter
  • How to make a phone call 
  • How to take a message
  • How to converse with an elder
  • How to introduce yourself
  • How to ask questions to get to know someone better
  • How to write a thank you note
  • How to admit a mistake

 Important Life Skills: How to Care for Others

  • How to play with a baby
  • How to genuinely apologize
  • How to notice the needs of others
  • How to care for a pet
  • How to select a thoughtful gift
  • How to give someone the benefit of the doubt 

Life Skills Activities for Kids: How to Care for themselves

  • How to sew on a button
  • How to hammer a nail
Fixing things with hammer and nail-Old-Fashioned Skills That Kids Need to Know
Learn how to fix things! Even adults have forgotten this old fashioned skill
Learn how to set a table with knifes, forks, spoons, big plate, little plate- Old-Fashioned Skills That Kids Need to Know
Learn how to set a table properly! This is an old fashioned skill long forgotten. Which side do the forks go on?
Learn how to read a recipe and cook, little girl and boy on a counter whisking in a steel bowl- Old fashioned skills
Learn how to read a recipe and cook. Unfortunately this is a life skill that many people nowadays don’t know how to do.
  • How to dust
  • How to read a recipe
  • How to vacuum the stairs
  • How to change a light bulb 
  • How to open, close and lock windows
  • How to use a fire extinguisher 
Make basic recipes like salads and smoothies- Old-Fashioned Skills That Kids Need to Know
Learn how to make basic recipes like salads and smoothies.
Boy looking out a rainy window- Old-Fashioned Skills That Kids Need to Know
Stuck inside? Learn how to clean, refill a stapler, or air your bike tires!
  • How to put air in a bike tire
  • How to pump gas
  • How to change a flat tire

Basic Life Skills: Finances

Learn to budget and save money- Old-Fashioned Skills That Kids Need to Know
Budget, wait, and save money are important old fashioned skills!


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