50 things to do before you are 11 3/4

So… you may have seen some of our Nature Play ideas over at Red Ted Art.. I am a great fan of getting the family outdoors and experiencing childhood classic with them. To me “all those little” things, with a couple of big ones thrown in, are what make childhood special.. from playing poo sticks, to catching crabs, to watching butterflies grow, to cooking on a campfire (even if it is just toast or some choc button bananas), these are the things I want my children to EXPERIENCE as they grow up. These are the things I want them to have happy memories of and do time and time again as they grow up and when one day they too  have children.

50 things to do before you are 11 and three quarters

I am pleased to share this FANTASTIC list of childhood classics from the National Trust – 50 things to do before you are 11 3/4 . LOVE IT.  I have it as a great list below (with some links to National Trust places), as well as a handy little download for you to download and print, keep and tick off…. go on. I challenge you, can you do ALL 50 before your child is 11 and 3/4?!

50 Things to do before you are 11 and three quarters!


  • 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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