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50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾ What's 50 Things about? We all know the importance of getting our family out and about - fresh air, exercise and memories that will last a lifetime all await you in the Great Outdoors. But we also know that sometimes convincing the young ones to get off the sofa can be a real effort. Which is why we've created 50 Things To Do Before you're 11 ¾. How do I know where to do the activities? The outdoors is pretty big right? So our site will tell you the BEST places to have each adventure. Whether that's in your back garden, your local park, or a National Trust place near you. 1. Extra tips for taking part safely There are lots of tips on how to become a 50 Things expert safely on each of the activity pages, but here we have we've added some general advice for parents and links to useful websites* containing more information and safety advice for some of the 50 things below: *Please note, all of these links open in new browser window. General advice for parents: o When dealing with soil, animals or natural water sources ensure any cuts or wounds are covered with waterproof plasters to avoid infections o When dealing with soil, animals or natural water sources discourage your child from putting anything in their mouths o After dealing with soil, animals or natural water sources wash your child's hands o Ensure that warm, suitable, weather resistant clothing is worn during any activities involving water or snow o Ensure suitable footwear is worn for any activities that may involve slippery or uneven surfaces o Check the weather reports prior to embarking on any activity and avoid trees and natural water sources in wet or windy weather o Maintain constant contact and supervision of children whilst undertaking these activities o For the more challenging activities find an organised event to ensure the safest conditions for your child o Check out the following additional information and links for further guidance and safety 1.Climb a tree o Make sure there is nothing under the tree which could hurt you in the event of a fall o Don't climb on windy or wet day o Read more about tree climbing here. 2. Roll down a really big hill o Use hills with gentle slope o Avoid areas recently occupied by livestock 3. Camp out in the wild o Read more about wild camping here 4. Build a den o Download a PDF about building a den safely here (PDF/ 448KB) 7. Fly a kite o Read more about flying your kite safely 8. Catch a fish with a net o Be gentle when fishing with a net o Always put the fish back quickly in the water o Keep cuts and wounds covered with waterproof plasters o Get more pond safety advice. 9. Eat an apple straight from a tree o Give the apple a wash before eating it and look out for maggot holes o Ask the owner of the tree for permission beforehand 10. Play conkers o Help prepare the conker for your child. o If you drill the hole with a power drill it means the conker is less likely to split when playing and is safer than making a hole with a sharp object 11. Throw some snow o Watch out for stones in the soft fresh snow o Get more snow saftey tips here 12. Hunt for treasure on the beach o Beach safety tips o More beach safety tips 14. Dam a stream o Be careful of any wildlife that may be living in the area o Small streams with gentle currents are safest 15. Go sledging o Make sure there is nothing around to run over, into or fall off o Read more snow safety o More on sledging safety 16. Bury someone in the sand o Keep away well away from the shore line and wait until the tide is out o Lie on top of the sand and cover the person with soft sand that's around rather than digging a hole o Keep sand away from your face o Get more sand safety tips here (PDF /2.6 MB - opens in a new window) 17. Set up a snail race o Be sure to return the snails back home after the race and don't forget to wash your hands o Get more information on how to set up a snail race here 18. Balance on a fallen tree o Often trees fall as they have rotted or are diseased, so make sure you select a tree with branches that are sturdy enough to take your child's weight o Avoid trees with short, sharp branches that you could hurt yourself on o Pick a day which is not wet and/or windy 19. Swing on a rope swing o Find out more about how to have fun on rope swings safely (PDF/ 448KB) 21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild o Read more from Allotment.org.uk about how to identify blackberries 22. Take a look inside a tree o Pick a sturdy tree that's not likely to fall o To be super safe, it's best to avoid windy or wet weather 23. Visit an island o If visiting an island in a tidal area, ensure you are aware of the times when you will be able to leave the island safely 26. Hunt for fossils and bones o Download a PDF on about collecting things safely on a beach (PDF/ 479 KB - opens in a new window) 28. Climb a huge hill o Stay away from hidden dangers such as crevices or old mine shafts 29. Get behind a waterfall o Join an organised walk o Find out more here 32. Find some frogspawn o Read more about finding frogspawn 33. Catch a butterfly in a net o It's against the law to catch some butterflies - identify the butterfly before catching it to make sure it is not a rare variety o Catch the butterfly with care as they can easily get damaged - get an experienced person to show you how to use a butterfly net if you don't know how to use one o Don't catch butterflies on a nature reserve unless you are with the warden or ranger. It should be ok to catch butterflies in your garden or in countryside places that are not nature reserves, but if in doubt, ask first! o Release the butterfly as soon as possible where you caught them especially if they are getting unhappy o Read more about catching butterflies 35. Discover what's in a pond o Read more about pond life 36. Call an owl o Be careful: Male owls (that you're impersonating) can be very aggressive, especially when they are near the nest. o Nesting season lasts from February through to August so it may be best to try outside of this time o Read more on Owls (RSPB), Tawny Owl facts (RSPB), BBC Tawny Owl videos 37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool o Rocks can be slippery - supervise your child at all times and watch out for hidden dangers such as crevices o Make sure you choose an area that won't get cut off by the tide 39. Catch a crab o Check the surroundings and make sure it's safe o Male crabs can be aggressive towards each other so don't put too many of them together in a small bucket o Keep crabs in a bucket full of sea water away from direct sunlight o Be sure to release the crabs back into the water afterwards 40. Go on a nature walk at night o It can be difficult to spot hazards at night, so walk the route in the daylight before attempting it at night o Don't forget to take a torch 42. Go wild swimming o Read more about Outdoor Swimming o Read more on Beach Safety 43. Go rafting o Join a local club or attend an organised event o Keep cuts and wounds covered with waterproof plasters o Read more about rafing safely here 44. Light a fire without matches o Read more about firelighting safely here 45. Find your way with a map and a compass o Find out more about navigation from the Ramblers website o How to read a map and a compass tips 46. Try bouldering o Join a local club or attend an organised event. Read more 47. Cook on a campfire o Read more about Campfire Safety, Camping Food Safety 48. Try abseiling o Join a local club or attend an organised event. 49. Find a geocache o Find out more about geocaching here 50. Canoe down a river o Join a local club or attend an organised event. Find out more about canoeing safely here
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