This year the National Trust have launched a new campaign: ‘Nature Misses You’ – the main focus of which is quite simply to get children to reconnect with nature by working their way through the “50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’
Looking through the list we’ve already ticked off plenty:
1. Climb a tree – Ben loves climbing trees and Daddy is keen to encourage him!
2. Roll down a really big hill – This is something that Ben and Chloe will do whenever they get chance but I particularly remember them doing it when we went for a walk in Heaton Park last Autumn.
4. Build a den – Ben and Finley had a good go at doing this in Delamere Forest when we went Gruffalo hunting earlier in the summer
5. Skim a stone – Although Ben has yet to succesfully do this himself he does enjoy trying!
6. Run around in the rain – We live in Manchester – what more do I need to say?
19. Play pooh sticks – You know we’ve already done that one!
20. Jump over waves – Ben and Chloe discovered the joy of this one in Bridlington this summer!
21. Pick blackberries growing in the wild – Ben and Chloe did this last Autumn with Ange & I know they’ll be keen to repeat the experience this year!
23. Visit a farm – This is a firm favourite of mine and something we’ve ticked off many times over!
32. Find some frogspawn – This was an easy one this year as Granny and Grandad’s pond was absolutely full of it. Ben and Chloe enjoyed bringing some tadpoles into the house to investigate.
But we still have work to do! Of course lots of the things on the list are seasonal – conkers, star gazing, snow – these are not things I can just decide to do on a random Sunday afternoon in August.
In order to help us to tick some more activities off the list The National Trust gave us a “Touring Pass” which allowed us a week of free entry to National Trust sites. We set off to Tatton Park with a picnic in our bag and the list in the back of our minds.
22. Explore inside a tree – We found the perfect tree for exploring in the picnic area of Tatton Park. Ben was straight up and inside it without a moment’s hesitation, we hadn’t even suggested it to him – which just proves how appealing the list is! Ben was ticking things off without even knowing the list excisted.
|What’s the appeal of a big stick?|
|Who needs a climbing frame when you have a fallen tree?|
|Even Amy had a go at ticking “tree climbing” off her list!|
*Disclaimer – We were provided with a National Trust Touring Pass free of charge in order to support the writing of this post however all thoughts and opinions are my own*