Friday, July 25, 2014

50 things to do before you're 11 and three-quarters

I've been reading the National Trust's 50 things to do before you're 11 and three-quarters. Don't ask me where that fabled age benchmark came from, or why. 

It's a nice list of goals to acheive with your kids - a kind of checklist for getting you all outdoors and creating fun memories with them. The National Trust is a charity aimed at getting kids outdoors and active, so I don't mind being told what to do on this occasion.

I'd say my kids (age 6, 5 and 3) are well on their way to achieving the bulk of them. We still might need to print out the list however, and stick it on the notice board to prompt us of the ones yet to do. Or to remind us of the ones that need repeating, all in the name of character-building fun times for our kids.

I think it makes me want to get my eldest enrolled in the scouts. I think it makes me want to be a scout again and go on loads of outdoor adventures.

To download and print your own pretty copy, there's a link to the PDF from here.

How many have your kids ticked off? 

And here's a copy of the full list in text form:
  • 11.Go on a really long bike ride
  • 12.Make a trail with sticks
  • 13.Make a mud pie
  • 14.Dam a stream
  • 15.Play in the snow
  • 16.Make a daisy chain
  • 17.Set up a snail race
  • 18.Create some wild art
  • 19.Play pooh sticks
  • 20.Jump over waves
  • 21.Pick blackberries growing in the wild
  • 22.Explore inside a tree
  • 23.Visit a farm
  • 24.Go on a walk barefoot
  • 25.Make a grass trumpet
  • 26.Hunt for fossils and bones
  • 27.Go star gazing
  • 28.Climb a huge hill
  • 29.Explore a cave
  • 30.Hold a scary beast
  • 31.Hunt for bugs
  • 32.Find some frogspawn
  • 33.Catch a falling leaf
  • 34.Track wild animals
  • 35.Discover what’s in a pond
  • 36.Make a home for a wild animal
  • 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 swimming in the sea
  • 43.Build a raft
  • 44.Go bird watching
  • 45.Find your way with a map and compass
  • 46.Try rock climbing
  • 47.Cook on a campfire
  • 48.Learn to ride a horse
  • 49.Find a geocache
  • 50.Canoe down a river

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