I know I’m a little late with this and that this list (from the National Trust’s campaign 50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 3/4) has been circulating for a while, but it has been on my list of things to blog and for us to take part in.
In truth we’ve already done quite a few of these things – but there are still many others that we haven’t and I wanted to keep a list here for me to cross off.
Climb a tree – this is a regular event here (John is also to be found up trees when we go walking – big kids and all that…)
3. Camp out in the wild
Build a den – this is another regular thing, they were busy collecting branches for this purpose only yesterday (4th Oct 2012), but we had to get home, so they then went on to plan their next den.
5. Skim a stone – to actually ‘skim’ a stone will take some practice – they do regularly throw stones into water. I guess the skimming will come in time.
Run around in the rain – are there any children in England who haven’t done this? Seriously? 7. Fly a kite
8. Catch a fish with a net – I’m surprised the haven’t managed this yet, as having done pond-dipping I’d’ve thought perhaps a stickleback? But no, no fish caught as of yet (and they’re not allowed to harass the goldfish!)
Eat an apple straight from a tree – ah, foraging, children are very useful because they can sit on shoulders to reach apples even higher up. Nin is also useful for lifting up into the branches to pass apples down. 10. Play conkers – I have no idea why my younger children have not done this.
Throw some snow – again, I find it hard to believe that any child above the age of 3 has not done this in this country?
Hunt for treasure on the beach – what else are beaches for if it isn’t exploring and hunting for treasure? 13. Make a mud pie – I though mud pies were a default activity for small children. The thought that some children have not done this saddens me! 14. Dam a stream – Erm, they’ve had plenty of opportunity, but I have always questioned whether it’s a good idea to do this unless it’s for ‘good purpose’ – wouldn’t it interfere with the stream and nature?
15. Go sledging – we’ve never had a sledge.
Bury someone in the sand – ah yes, so there is another thing you can do on a beach (as well as hunt for treasure and explore)
17. Set up a snail race – mine appear to be far too busy putting them on their faces and trying to make other people feel ill. Somewhere I probably do have a photo of this…
Balance on a fallen tree – we do a lot of climbing and sitting on fallen trees too.
Swing on a rope swing – I do have a photo of one episode of this, but it’s not a good one. We come across various abandoned rope swings in the woods.
20. Make a mud slide – shudder! 😉 They’ve done plenty of wading through very squelchy mud, mind.
Eat blackberries growing in the wild – pretty much whenever they see them! 22. Take a look inside a tree 23. Visit an island – hmmm, this involves money? Surely to visit an island you need the means to get to the island. They may have to wait a while on this one!
Feel like you’re flying in the wind – Do swings count?
25. Make a grass trumpet – erm, no, that would be me that makes annoying squawky noises with grass. I don’t remember either of my younger ones succeeding with this YET.
Hunt for fossils and bones – always good fun – lots of places on the Yorkshire coast to do this.
Watch the sun wake up – surely children are the masters of being awake when the sun rises? 28. Climb a huge hill – Derbyshire anyone? 29. Get behind a waterfal
l – if anyone knows of a waterfall we could visit fairly locally I’d really appreciate knowing where it is!
Feed a bird from your hand – do ducks count?
Hunt for bugs – I have a 6 year old boy *sigh* 32. Find some frogspawn – see above *sigh again* 33. Catch a butterfly in a net – I’d worry about this damaging the butterfly?
34. Track wild animals – a bit of confusion as to what this actually means. I initially thought it meant following an actual animal, but it’s been suggested that this might instead mean looking at animal tracks, scat and associated other signs that an animal has passed by, we have done various things like this.
Discover what’s in a pond – Potteric Carr is great for pond-dipping activities.
36. Call an owl – not sure what’s meant by this?
37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool – do you know what? despite going to the beach quite a bit, we’ve not found a rock pool yet! Any recommendations for good rock pooling opportunities on the Yorkshire coastline?
38. Bring up a butterfly
39. Catch a crab – again, I’ve not seen one in the wild whilst on various beaches with the children (although we’ve seen bits of crab of occasion…)
40. Go on a nature walk at night
Plant it, grow it, eat it – every year 🙂
42. Go wild swimming – Ted would have to be a far more competent swimmer!
43. Go rafting – as above.
44. Light a fire without matches
45. Find your way with a map and compass
46. Try bouldering – hmmmmmm – my children do lots of clambering over very large rocks, does this count?
Cook on a campfire – one of the benefits of knowing fire-loving hippies 😉
48. Try abseiling
49. Find a geocache – does that mean I have to muster up some enthusiasm for geocaching? I know lots of people enjoy it, but I don’t quite ‘get it’ atm.
50. Canoe down a river – again with the Ted and the being better at swimming!
So, that’s the list and we’ve not done badly on it considering the children we have that are under 11 3/4 are 8 and 6 (my older boys can tick off a few more of them and, as my almost 18 year old is still in Army cadets, can add to the above and then some!)
At least we have a few things to work towards.