The summer is nearing an end and with some more great weather headed our way, now is the perfect chance to explore the great outdoors. To help get children of the computer generation outside, the National Trust launched a great site that suggests 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4, how many can your family tick off?
The National Trust’s 50 things site is brilliant and most importantly inspires you to get outside and take part in some of their 50 well thought out activities. Not only are these activities fun for kids but challenges such as ‘build a den’ and ‘play pooh sticks’ certainly bring back fond memories for adults too.
Here is Roosterbank’s Top 5 things to do before you’re 50
19. Play pooh sticks
A classic game, best played over any bridge you can safely see over the sides of. This is certainly a game that is rich in nostalgia and gets kids very excited. May the best stick win!
39. Catch a Crab
A couple of the Roosterbank team were lucky enough to grow up near a beach and this is a favourite activity with their families. All you need is a good line and a little bit of ham (apparently crabs love ham) then just lower the crabbing line into a rock pool and see if you get a bite!
21. Pick blackberries in the wild
It’s coming up to Blackberry season (officially September) and bushes are starting to fill up with berries. You can find the berries growing at the sides of fields (sorry, that’s pretty vague!) and when the fruits are a dark purple they are ready to pick. You can eat them as they are or make a cake, crumble or pie, here are some great blackberry recipes.
40. Go on a nature walk at night
It’s always surprising how much you can hear when you go walking in the countryside at night; from crickets to feathers flapping there is lots of action to observe in our countries forests after dark. Many local councils and natioanl parks organise late night walks with professional guides that are well worth checking out.
2. Roll down a really big hill
How do you make a sausage roll? Push it! It’s a great thrill to roll down a huge hill, even if you do get a little bit dizzy at the bottom. Just remember that clothes might get a bit muddy!
We hope you enjoyed our favourite 50 things and get a chance to do some of them with your family. What were your favourite activities as a child? Let us know in the comments…