50 Things to do before you're 11 and 3/4

50 Things to do before you're 11 and 3/4

The National Trust came up with 50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4.  The main idea was to get the kids out and doing things in the countryside.

Kids of course adore the outdoors and exploring, getting messy and muddy, discovering and adventuring, splashing through puddles, jumping over fallen logs, catching leaves, making sandcastles. The 50 things to do give them a great chance to link up with nature and get active.  

But of coures we're all in lockdown again.  So the National Trust has come up twist to the 50 things and has come up with 50 things to do in your back garden.  

The National Trust has the 50 activities here  for all different times of the year.  Why not get the kids to make their own chart of the 50 things and they can tick them off as they go? 

Check here to visit the National Trust's website and find out more

Check here to visit the National Trust's website to find out more

Go stargazing! 

When was the last time you switched off the lights and gazed out of the window at the stars in the sky?  There are tips to help you with stargazing here.

Watch a birdee!


Watch a bird!  
Can you identify the birds you see from your window?  This could be a great time to improve your knowledge of our feathered friends.   I’ve even tried to draw some of them, from a book and some of my drawings are even starting to look like birds…

Grow some plants in a pot! 
You could plant cyclamen and hyacinth, or how about potting herbs on your window sill?

Create wild art!

Create some wild art.   
Pick up leaves and twigs and see what you can draw with them.

Give a home to wildlife
You could put a pile of leaves in a corner, give hedgehogs a house, put up bird boxes etc.

Do some drawing at home
You can always look at pictures online of garden birds and then have a go at drawing them.

Also, you could put stickers on your windows so that birds don’t fly into them, or put bird feeders for windows up if you haven’t got a garden.  Why not use this opportunity to find out more about the birds you see, their habits, their behaviour, whether they are migratory and if so what their journeys are?

The National Trust and Wildlife

The other thing you could do is to take a look at what the National Trust is doing to help wildlife.   It’s far more than most us think!

Help a wild animal

Get the kids involved with nature - they are the future generation who will be looking after it.  Family memberships are available from the National Trust - find more info about them here