The National Trust has been running a great campaign over the (pleasantly long but now gone) summer months called 50 thing to do before you’re 11 3/4. It’s designed to inspire people to get their children outside and enjoying nature.
It worked on us this summer and there’s no reason to stop now the weather is turning a bit. Now’s the time for the muddier challenges and conkers.
The girls have loved it, both the activities and seeking out the next thing on the list. As well as get outside and have fun we also learnt some good lessons along the way:
- The hill at Box Hill is actually really very steep. Perhaps this should have been obvious given it was used in the Olympic road cycle race but it took us by surprise anyway.
- Even though a big steep hill can be scary, with the right encouragement the little people can climb it anyway. Girls, you two were total heroes that day.
- Climbing trees is awesome, no matter how old you are.
- Watching caterpillars change into butterflies blew our minds.
- There is seemingly no limit to the amount of blackberries my children can eat.
How about you? Did anyone else pick this up and have fun outdoors? Any tips for keeping it going through the colder months?