going round the blog ring I came across a post on ninny noodle noo that reminded me that I was going to look at the national trust 50 things to do before you are 11 3/4. NO time like the present then SB is 11 and more or less 3/4 , so how have we done? Bearing in mind we have not had this as a to do list, and this is just her life. looking at the parents part of the website made me sigh abit for the risk assessment alongside! ANyway, here are our 50 things. are they the same as yours? I am hoping to trawl through my photos to add to this.
1.Climb a tree
Both my girls love climbing trees. we have some climbers in the garden and they are always looking out for climbing trees elsewhere.
2. Roll down a really big hill
they have even persuaded me to join in too. I think the hill near SOTP should count as a big hill, though not sure if REALLY BIG
3. Camp out in the wild
hmm, we have done a lot of camping, but not wild camping. both girls are keen to remedy this. i think camping at SOTP field has often felt v wild!
4. Build a den
despite not having red the pdf on building a den safely, we have managed to do this and survive it probably plays a regular part in the ‘wild place’ session as well
5. Skim a stone
hmm, not succesfully, but not due to lack of trying
6. Run around in the rain
far too often! e need more sunny days – i might start a campaign for sunny days
7. Fly a kite
yep – lets go fly a kite
we have done this, wild ones in rivers/ ponds/ lakes to look at with our pond dipping kit, and also moving about our tropical fish [which probably doesn't count!]
9. Eat an apple straight from a tree
we have apple trees, we often eat straight from them [and the other fruit trees and bushes]
10. Play conkers
we have done a lot of playing with conkers, but not sure they have done the whole string thing. it is conker season! I can see if they are interested
11. Throw some snow
oh, i certainly think so!
yes, fossils, shells, sea glass, interesting stones, amber, all have been investigated and hunted for as our beach treasure. occassionally we have found the odd coin as well.
13. Make a mud pie
essential part of child garden play i think!
14. Dam a stream
mostly those streams on a beach, damming and diverting and creating pools.
15. Go sledging
Aw, makes me remember that last snowy melrose. we didn’t know it would be the last, but what a fab time we had!
16. Bury someone in the sand
we haven’t burried up to head! but sat down legs stretched out are fair game – does this count?
17. Set up a snail race
urgh, but yes!
18. Balance on a fallen tree
quite a number of them – girls v keen on this!
20. Make a mud slide
slid down on bottoms on mud – yes, made mud angels [SB] yes! but don’t think we have actually made a mud slide
21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild
it has been a good autumn for blackberrying. SB is less fussy than BB.
22. Take a look inside a tree
we have looked inside holes and rotton bits of trees, and in some even stood in them!
23. Visit an island
also visited quite a few islands – BB pointed out we live on an island, but think the UK is a bit big to count
24. Feel like you’re flying in the wind
yep, got a great pic of BB doing this on the seafront
25. Make a grass trumpet
my mum is particularly good at making these, sbb and bb have occassionally been succesful!
26. Hunt for fossils and bones
yep, charmouth was a great place for fossils, there are slate areas at brickworks not to far away that are great to search for fossils in. ALso on our canada holiday we searched and found fossils at drumheller – fabulous experience.
27. Watch the sun wake up
i do this far too often to go to work! but we certainly did this going to the olympics and paralympics this summer [they were fab ] putting in random olympics pic of joy
28. Climb a huge hill
we do a fair bit of walking, so hills and mountains fair game. Haytor our most recent climb, and sure that counts.
29. Get behind a waterfall
Iam not sure we have really been behind one, we saw lots of waterfalls in the rockies, and at one point were ‘behind the curtain’ in a cavelet in the maligne canyon, but don’t think that for me that entirely counts.
30. Feed a bird from your hand
if chickens and ducks count – yes! otherwise our birds not so tame. we do feed them though
31. Hunt for bugs
oh, minibeasts [antistons as BB used to call them] we still periodically hunt and look in our bug boxes or under microscopes
32. Find some frogspawn
found, watched growing and released
33. Catch a butterfly in a net
we don’t catch butterflies as a rule as we haven’t got the correct nets. We have done , however, on a home ed visit to a nature reserve with a trained leader. one of the lads we were with said it reminded him of animal crossing [he was right!]
34. Track wild animals
we have, in canada we did a fair bit of looking at tracks and identifying the animals. we didn’t actually find them – which as one was wolf i was quite glad tbh
35. Discover what’s in a pond
pond dippers R us I like pond dipping, and we have dipped quite few, including our own pond. often something interesting to see find draw or look under a microscope
36. Call an owl
hmm, we hear lots of owls, and have seen lots of owls – both in the twilight in the fields, and at the local raptor centre where we have been members. i don;t think we have ever called an owl though and expected it to answer! will see what the rspb offer [we are also members of that!]
37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
we love clambering around rockpools and particularly in our welsh holiday earlier in the year, looking for what we can find – anemone, crab, hermit crab, fish and shellfish.
38. Bring up a butterfly
surprisingly we haven’t done this. we have made several unsuccessful attempts from cabbage white in the brassica bed…
39. Catch a crab
we did this with my sister and family in our last shared holiday in mudeford. I miss you sis x x x.
we have more often done this because we are late getting back than purposeful but have been out with moth traps and tried to catch murmurations. tempted to join a bat walk though.
41. Plant it, grow it, eat it
we have always done a lot of planting it, growing it and eating it. even this year when kentwell sewing took over. each child has their own bed, and share the sowing and planting and eating of my seeds too. we had a partic fine sweetcorn harvest – now finished. pumpkins and squashes looking good
42. Go wild swimming
i am sure all kids do this? swimming and paddling in rivers, streams and the sea!
43. Go rafting
white water rafting down the kootenay river in canada last summer to remember my sis doing something fun [must get dh to finish putting up canada pics from last year!]
44. Light a fire without matches
yep, flints, bowstrings etc etc
45. Find your way with a map and a compass
not done this ‘for real’ but have played about with – has gone on to do list
46. Try bouldering
girls v keen that this should be on a to do list
47. Cook on a campfire
sb has with guides, both have with marshmallows etc and we have used the fireboxes to cook dinner on
SB has on PGL holidays
49. Find a geocache
lots of times
50. Canoe down a river
loved this so much in canada that desirous of own canoe since also more locally have hired canadian canoes. [need to put pics onto flickr!
So, not bad I don’t think
have highlighted in bold the things will try and do