A few years ago the National Trust started this #50Things campaign, and we signed up for it. Ameli was only just 2 years old, so the first year we didn’t do much beyond walk on a log and roll down a hill, or something like that.  The following year we did a few more thing with a three year old Ameli and a one year old Aviya – the #50Things day at Yeo Valley helped us out there – but this year we decided to start from scratch, and see if we could get all 50 things done this year. So what will we do for the next 7 and 3/4 years? Oh, I’m sure we’ll do it again and again, getting a little more adventurous every time.

Here’s the current #50Things list. How many of these have you done?

  1. Climb a tree#50things To Do Before you're 11 3/4 book
  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. 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

We’re doing the #50Things on our own, but we’ve been sharing the journey on Instagram and twitter, and the National Trust have been brilliant at responding and interacting with us – awesome social media use on their side. We’ve also been to a few Trust properties over the course of doing our #50Things, but you don’t have to – you can do them anywhere, but I must say major kudos to whoever made the decision to make the National Trust properties more appealing to children and families. Clivenden and The Vyne have our favourite outdoor parks and adventure trials, but there are many more, each with their own character and appeal. Definitely worth checking out!

You can pick up the #50Things book and “1 thing completed” free at National Trust properties.

Also, if you’re a UK home educating family, do check out their home ed rate for £39 a year, allowing you access to National Trust properties during term time. Mamaventurer


#50Things To Do Before You’re 11 and 3/4 – The National Trust

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