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50 things to do before you’re 11 and ¾

  • Written by Lauren Conte

Some of you may or may not have heard of that National Trusts Initiative to get children and families more actively involved with the great outdoors, The Project name ’50 things to do before your 11 and ¾’.

The project has been running for several years and has aims of encouraging children and families to embark on adventures, steadily ticking off over time, the full 50 things by the time their child is aged 11 and 3/4.

Some of the wonderful opportunities listed are a simple and effective excuse to be in the much more involved with our precious environment. Visiting natures playground, spending time together and learning about the world in a hands-on and practical way.

With free time being such a rarity for our busy working families the National Trust suggests to ‘Make the most of your day out with the kids’ and this project certainly provides activities that I hadn’t even thought of as being very significant but actually they do bring you much closer to nature.

Some of my personal favourites include:

Eat a picnic in the wild – Quite often as families we think about going to the park to have a picnic, and the thought of having a picnic in the wild made feel a little trepidation. What about the insects, will any ants come and steal my sandwich, what if the ground is a little damp and I forget my picnic blanket? Then upon second thoughts, I realised it is those kinds of experiences that make it that more magical, awe inspiring and memorable. So rather than grabbing the first civilised picnic bench, next to a bin swamped in hungry wasps, perhaps a picnic in the real wild outdoors is going to be a much more tranquil experience, listening to the sounds of the wild.


Go barefoot – It can be so much more relaxing and enjoyable to feel your toes in the sand of the beach or cool grass. There are also lots of health benefits of walking barefoot, such as loosening tense muscles, relieving stress and improving your sleep. I would love to know how adventurous the willing barefoot explorers will go with their children, anyone for some Thick Oozy Mud?

 

Watch a bird – This is something my 11-year-old self would have been able to tick off straight away and it is still something that I enjoy doing now. I loved sitting at the back door of my childhood home, hidden behind the curtain, watching the birds come into the garden. We would leave seeds and rind out on the grass for them to eat. It is so fascinating to sit and intently watch a bird. Birds are often doing a number of things, such as collecting for a nest, providing food for their family, this can prompt lots of thought and discussion with a child. Who do we think the bird is chirping to? Where do you think its nest may be?

Above all the 50 things to do before you’re 11 and ¾ can be as free or as inexpensive as you want them to be, and if your child is attending nursery, they you have lots of time to complete all 50 tasks, which are fun for both children and adults.

 

You can download your list today from the following website and join the fun.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/50-things-to-do-before-youre-11--activity-list

I also recommend looking at the activity ideas for families on the National Trust Website if you get stuck for ideas this summer.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/for-families

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