Get Outside!

Great Britain’s National Trust has come up with a list of 50 things to do before you are 11 3/4.  They include skipping stones, climbing trees, observing rock pools, calling owls, and sliding in the mud.

The list makes a great activity to print up, read together and check off.  Then, when you have the list of things still to complete, head outdoors and have some old school fun.

Here is the complete list.

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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


17 thoughts on “Get Outside!

  1. It’s a fantastic list that I will give to my 10 year old who has a birthday next week

  2. I decided to add a link to your blog on today’s post and not to reblog. Now I have to get busy cleaning the house for company. Yikes! They will be here in a few hours. :+/

  3. Great list! I’m so happy to have accomplished most of these with the children. We haven’t played conkers (never heard of it till now), done bouldering or abseiling, but the rest, except for geocaching, which we are doing this summer, we’ve done. We have a cottage on an island, and that takes care of many things on this list. Wonderful!

    • A cottage on an island would be the perfect place to do most of these things. Conkers is especially English. I remember playing when I was a kid and wondering why I didn’t see any Canadian kids collecting chestnuts in the fall when I moved here.

    • Thank you very much! Mine has had a spat of accidents of late, broken head, sprained ankle, but he’s still giving it all he’s got.

  4. Ooops, That was suppose to be a new comment, not a reply. Oh dear, just call me techo fail.

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