The National Trusts 50 things before you’re 12, kids outdoors

The National Trusts 50 things before you’re 12, kids outdoors

Outdoor Fun with the National Trust

I was listening to the breakfast show on my local radio station today, talking about The National Trusts 50 things to do before you’re 12 bucket list.  A concept I was aware of but hadn’t got round to looking into further.  So with barely any plans for the school holidays, I thought this would be an ideal way to entice the kids outdoors for a bit of fun.

Slightly cringe worthy but, someone jokingly messaged in to the show about kids blowing grass blade trumpets, saying “kids don’t blow grass anymore, they smoke it”.  Well that was my first LOL moment of the day, but on reflection he had touched on something.

Society has changed and our little ones no longer have the innocent freedom we seemed to have in the 70s and 80s. Im often saddened that my kids won’t be able to get up to the sort of stuff that I did as a kid (or am I?! [laughs nervously]).

Comment below what outdoor activities you enjoyed as a kid.  My sister and I and 3 or 4 friends, would pack up picnics and disappear with our bicycles for hours on end. Traipsing up and down dried river beds, climbing bales, trees, mucking around playing pooh sticks and building dens etc.  We didn’t have mobile phones, our parents had no idea where we were, thinking back they must have been worried.

Getting the kids outdoors and active.

So I thought I would check out the National Trusts list and see how we’ve done so far and see what else we could do. Let the kids get out there and enjoy the outdoors similarly to how we did…I’m not saying I’m going to let my 8 & 9 year old off on their own for hours on end, I certainly wasn’t that young when we did.  But what I will say is that when they are older I certainly won’t feel comfortable with the idea.

I scuttled across to the site and discovered that the list was downloadable and it had a cutesy little app, “50 things” (both iOS and Android).  So I snapped up the app and got scrolling.

Now we aren’t a sporty family, but we are quite a bit outdoorsy.  So I wasn’t too surprised that we had already accomplished a good portion of these already…The rest we have decided to have a go doing during the holidays.  I’m particularly looking forward to the snail racing..

I will let you know how we get on later in the year.

Why don’t you give it a go or have you already completed it?

See how you get on, download the app or visit The National Trust’s website

Or follow this link to download their PDF list.


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