How far is your child through the list of 50 things to do before 11-and-three-quarters?

The National Trust launches initiative to get the nation’s kids outside


The National Trust has launched a nationwide campaign in a bid to encourage children to play outside and enjoy classic outdoor activities.


The 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾ initiative responds to a report commissioned by The National Trust. The research found that fewer than one in 10 children regularly play in wild places compared to almost half a generation ago, a third have never climbed a tree and one in 10 can’t ride a bike. The findings also showed that three times as many children are taken to hospital after falling out of bed, as from falling out of a tree.

The National Trust has formed a group of ‘Elite Rangers’ to help to bring the intiative to life. The rangers, who will share expert tips and their enthusiasm for the outdoors, are all National Trust staff members and include ‘Tree Man’ (a tree expert), ‘Captain Skim’ (a stone skimming expert), ‘Den-Boy’ (a hide-away building champion), and ‘The Bug Catcher’ (a minibeast expert).

These five experts will be on hand to offer advice over a Free Weekend that the National Trust is holding. On the 21stand 22ndof April the Trust will open up over 200 of it’s houses and gardens for free. It’s also offering kids a free 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾ scrapbook from participating venues. 

“We’re hoping that the nation’s children will embrace the 50 things and start having their very own outdoor adventures with their family,” says Tony Berry the Visitor Experience Director at The National Trust.

How many of the activities on the list have you and your little explorers tried? 

  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

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