50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ (or do again when you are even older)

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.

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How about you? Did anyone else pick this up and have fun outdoors? Any tips for keeping it going through the colder months?

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8 thoughts on “50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ (or do again when you are even older)

  1. My folks bought the books and tshirt for this although they did arrive in the middle of October so they we were a little late for this year. Having said that looking at the list we have done a lot of them. My girls can climb trees and eat soil with the best of them 🙂

  2. I love taking my boys outdoors in the summer but I do admit to avoiding it as the weather turns. My youngest is far more enthusiastic when it comes to getting out, I tend to have to force my eldest. Looks like you had a great day!

  3. My two are still too young but we will definitely be doing this in the future with them. We discovered the list before we became parents and put it in our mmeory bank as something to come back to. It’s a great initiative and good thinking from the NT to get families visiting them. Thanks for linking up to #FitFamilyFriday

    • Hi Ryan, thanks for commenting. Definitely keep it stashed – none of the activities are going anywhere. There’s some on the which are great for younger ones, there’s one about walking barefoot on different, natural surfaces (leaves, mud etc). It blew our girls’ minds, and in a way was kind of shameful for us that they had never explored the world barefoot before.

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