National Trust 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾

April 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Growing up I spent most of my time enjoying the outdoors and this is the case for most people who are my age. We’d climb trees, play conkers and go exploring all in time to be home before it got dark. It was a great way to grow up because I always knew that there was something outside to keep me and my friends entertained.

Now it’s a rarity to see children exploring the great outdoors and I don’t know if this is because parents feel that their children might be at greater risk of getting hurt or lost or because youngsters would prefer to watch the television, search the web or play on computer games.

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National Trust hopes to encourage children to enjoy the outdoors

The trust is that experiencing the outdoors when I was a child helped sculpt who I am today. I have a great fondness for animals and I believe that this is because I grew up searching for different bugs and catching butterflies. So I’m delighted to hear that National Trust has today released a list of ’50 things you should do before you are 11 ¾’.

The list includes activities which us grandparents enjoyed hugely as children; climbing trees, making mud pies, building dens, sledging and burying friends in the sand something which I used to do on every family holiday.

In an attempt to show how exciting exploring the outdoors can be the National Trust have enlisted five ‘Super Rangers’ who are all experts in their fields- a treasure hunter, bug catcher and champion stone skimmer- to teach children who visit National Trust sites how to make the best of their surrounds.

Brilliantly the National Trust has acknowledged that children won’t forget all about the technology which they enjoy so much. So they’ve created a website which children can sign up to (with parental approval) and register each of the tasks which they complete. With each completed task children receive online badges, bonus games and surprises from the National Trust which is a great incentive to get kids playing outside.

As grandparents I think that the ‘50 things to do before you are 11 ¾’ campaign is the perfect chance to champion the great outdoors because we can share all of our wonderful childhood experiences and maybe even help our grandchildren complete some of the 50 tasks too.

The campaign doesn’t officially kick off until 21st April which might be worth bearing in mind but view the list online now. Who knows it might bring back some great childhood memories.

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School holiday activities with Grandchildren- Outdoor days

July 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Getting out of the house and spending time outdoors is a really great way to keep children (and grandparents) active over the summer holidays.

The options of outdoor activities are pretty much endless and best of all most outdoor activities are usually free or cost very little. Here is a selection of my favourite things to do outdoors with my grandchildren;

Early morning bird watching

This is something which I did as a child and absolutely adored. Although getting little ones up at the crack of dawn might be a challenge the rewards are fantastic. Wake up early and head to a local park. Simply get the children to listen out for birds (extremely relaxing and tranquil in the early morning). If they are lucky enough to see one try and take a photo or jot down what it looked like. Count all the birds up and look them up in a bird book or online when you get home!

See The RSPB for more information about bird watching.

Bike Riding-

All children love going bike riding especially in the summer time. Try and go somewhere a little different than usual and take a picnic so that you can stop half way around for a lovely lunchoutdoor activities for grandparents and grandchildren

Fruit Picking

For a great summertime activity, take your grandchildren to a local fruit farm, where they can pick beautiful berries all afternoon- most farms will give you a basket to fill. The most exciting part of the process is taking your delicious fruit pickings home. Why not make your own summer dessert and let the children get involved too!

To find out where a Pick Your Own farm is locally search ‘pick your own farm along with your town/city/region’ in Google.

Visit a park

A classic day out that all children enjoy is a trip to the park. It doesn’t cost a penny and on a sunny day is the perfect place to spend the whole day.

Take a blanket, some nibbles and a good book so you can relax whilst the children enjoying the climbing frame. Most parks have a pond so I like to take some bread and feed the ducks- it might sound pretty simple but children really do love a simple day out with their grandparents.

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