Saturday, 11 August 2012

50 things to do before you are 11 ¾.

"Research shows that fewer than one in ten of today's children have played in a wild place compared to half of their parents' generation."

Isnt that crazy? And sad? 

Here's the National Trust's 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ list designed to inspire both parents and kids alike. I like it!

For Caleb (age 3), we're doing not too bad....

1. Climb a tree

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

We're off to Loch Lomond today to have some more outdoor adventures!


Starry-eyed stitcher said...

When I was young these things just happened because most of my days were spent 'adventuring' with my friends. We took jam sarnies and a glass bottle of water to share and only reluctantly went home for tea. We jumped becks, wobbled across stepping stone crossings on a river and hunted for caterpillars on my dad's cabbages. How sad that we need to plan for our children to have the same fun, how wonderful that you do. Irene xxx

Hazel said...

Some great ideas there. Thanks for this. X

Christina said...

What a great idea for the summer hols! Perhaps I should join in too...things to do before you're 36 3/4!

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