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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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