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50 Things to do before you’re 11 3/4

The National Trust have launched a campaign to get children outside, I’ve been through the list and I reckon mine have done 37 of them.  Definitely fossil hunts on Redcar and Saltburn beaches, skimming stones – last week in Saltburn, we have heaps of fossils around the surf shack in the garden, and discovering what’s in a pond and catching fish in a net from it – we live in a mill and they’re always out on the boat on the mill pond, or in it (wild swimming) or over on the island (oh there’s another one).

Burying someone in sand scars me to death after you hear the horror stories of children being buried and killed when the sides of the sand collapse and suffocate them so although they’ve done it it’s been very shallow sand and usually feet only.  Paranoid mothers.

Camping out in the wild, does cub and guide camp count?  Or Camp Bestival? Or the back garden?

Building a den – in the back garden with blankets and clothes horse or Wendover Woods in the proper wild. Flying kites – always take them to France and hit the beach with them, need to get bigger ones this year.

Small boy will only apples if he can pick them straight off the tree – can be a bit of a pain that.  Stream damming in Hutton Le Hole – how to waste a whole day – perfect.

Watch the sun wake up – they did this lots when they were little and we were on holiday, Dads meet on the beach with toddlers that were awake from 5am so they didn’t wake everyone else up, sure you’ve been there but not sure this is really what they meant.

Catching crabs in rock pools – I’m an expert crab catcher, so good that when we’re on the Ile de Re I’m usually surrounded by children as they’ve ditched their parents to go over to where the ‘crab lady’ is as I’m sooo good at catching them, bit embarsssing really.

Bringing up butterflies – I think we still have the kit somewhere, done this at least 3 times and planting, cooking and eating is one of the things we do at Cooking Club, and of course they’ve cooked on a real campfire – well, at cubs and guides def.  So we’re up to 37 how many have you done?

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

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

50. Canoe down a river

SOURCE: National Trust.

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