50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾

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In 2012 the National Trust launched its 50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾ campaign, which was aimed at getting kids outside and into nature, by encouraging them to take part in old fashioned fun such as stone skimming, tree climbing, den building and mud pie making.

The initiative was in response to a report commissioned by the National Trust which highlighted research that showed fewer than one in ten children ever regularly play in wild places compared to almost half a generation ago. Furthermore, oly 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.*

The charity's 50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾ campaign provides a list of fun things to do outdoors for under-12s (and for those who are young at heart too!) including everything from running around in the rain and bug hunting, to setting up a snail race, damming a stream, flying a kite and making a mud pie.

You can download an app to keep track of how many of the fifty activities you have tried, and for the more old-fashioned amongst us, you can print off a paper copy and tick them off. They have also published a book to accompany the campaign.

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾

  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. Related: Autumn Outdoor Activities for Kids

  22. Eat blackberries growing in the wild
  23. Take a look inside a tree
  24. Visit an island
  25. Feel like you're flying in the wind
  26. Make a grass trumpet
  27. Hunt for fossils and bones
  28. Watch the sun wake up
  29. Climb a huge hill
  30. Get behind a waterfall
  31. Feed a bird from your hand
  32. Related: Top 10 Dog Walks in Britain

  33. Hunt for bugs
  34. Find some frogspawn
  35. Catch a butterfly in a net
  36. Track wild animals
  37. Discover what's in a pond
  38. Call an owl
  39. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
  40. Bring up a butterfly
  41. Catch a crab
  42. Go on a nature walk at night
  43. Related: The UK's Top Farm Parks

  44. Plant it, grow it, eat it
  45. Go wild swimming
  46. Go rafting
  47. Light a fire without matches
  48. Find your way with a map and compass
  49. Try bouldering
  50. Cook on a campfire
  51. Try abseiling
  52. Find a geocache
  53. Canoe down a river

* Stats from Play England: August 2011

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