50 Things to do before you’re 11¾

Today the National Trust have published a list of 50 things that they think all children should have done before they reach their 12th birthday. The ‘50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾’ initiative is in response to a report they commissioned which highlighted research that fewer than one in ten children regularly play in wild places compared to almost half a generation ago, a third have never climbed a tree, one in ten can’t ride a bike, and three times as many are taken to hospital after falling out of bed, as from falling out of a tree.

I’m quite pleased that the Littlesheeps have spent a fair amount of time outside and biggest Littlesheep (7¾) has already completed nearly half of them with several others on the list of things to do this year (and some I’m sure he’s done but he claims not to have tried). I’ve also linked to blog posts were relevant so that you can see what we did / find other similar ideas and see how participating in these activities can help your children learn.

  1. Climb a tree ü
  2. Roll down a really big hill ü
  3. Camp out in the wild
  4. Build a den ü
  5. Skim a stone ü
  6. Run around in the rain ü
  7. Fly a kite ü
  8. Catch a fish with a net
  9. Eat an apple straight from a tree
  10. Play conkers ü
  11. Throw some snow ü
  12. Hunt for treasure on the beach
  13. Make a mud pie ü
  14. Dam a stream
  15. Go sledging ü
  16. Bury someone in the sand ü
  17. Set up a snail race
  18. Balance on a fallen tree ü
  19. Swing on a rope swing ü
  20. Make a mud slide
  21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild ü
  22. Take a look inside a tree ü
  23. Visit an island
  24. Feel like you’re flying in the wind
  25. Make a grass trumpet
  26. Hunt for fossils and bones
  27. Watch the sun wake up ü
  28. Climb a huge hill ü
  29. Get behind a waterfall
  30. Feed a bird from your hand
  31. Hunt for bugs ü
  32. Find some frogspawn
  33. Catch a butterfly in a net
  34. Track wild animals
  35. Discover what’s in a pond ü
  36. Call an owl
  37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
  38. Bring up a butterfly
  39. Catch a crab ü
  40. Go on a nature walk at night ü
  41. Plant it, grow it, eat it ü
  42. Go wild swimming
  43. Go rafting
  44. Light a fire without matches
  45. Find your way with a map and compass ü
  46. Try bouldering (ü inside)
  47. Cook on a campfire
  48. Try abseiling
  49. Find a geocache ü
  50. Canoe down a river

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

I’ve linked this post to Country Kids from Coombe Mill because I think it encompasses everything that Fiona’s linky stands for! I’m sure her children will have done all 50 by the time they are 11¾!


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