This year, I’ve decided that we’re really going to have a good go at the 50 Things to do Before You’re 11 3/4s challenge by the National Trust. We’ve dabbled in the past, and managed to get a few things completed in the Autumn, but I’ve decided, this year, to make a feature of it on my blog. I just think it’s real ‘back to basics’ childhood fun, which helps 21st century kids to reconnect with Nature and gets them away from screens and technology for an hour or two (or longer) each week. Let’s face it, kids don’t play outdoors like they used to. It’s the era of the helicopter parent (guilty!), technology and home comforts. And yet, building a relationship with nature and the outside world is so important to our children and their future. For these reasons I’d recommend everyone to give it a go. They are all low spend, outdoor activities that are simple and educational. They can be carried out at a National Trust property as the website suggests, or just as easily in your local park, woods and even garden. There is even an app, where you can tick off and record details of each activity as you complete them.
I will keep you updated with our progress as and when. Here are some of the things we ticked off in the Autumn:
#50Things Number 9 Eat an apple straight from the tree
#50Things Number 6 Run Around in the Rain
#50Things Number 10 Play Conkers
#50Things Number 47 Cook on a campfire