50 Things To Do Before You're 11 3/4

General advice for parents:

  • When dealing with soil, animals or natural water sources ensure any cuts or wounds are covered with waterproof plasters to avoid infections
  • When dealing with soil, animals or natural water sources discourage your child from putting anything in their mouths
  • After dealing with soil, animals or natural water sources wash your child's hands
  • Ensure that warm, suitable, weather resistant clothing is worn during any activities involving water or snow
  • Ensure suitable footwear is worn for any activities that may involve slippery or uneven surfaces
  • Check the weather reports prior to embarking on any activity and avoid trees and natural water sources in wet or windy weather
  • Maintain constant contact and supervision of children whilst undertaking these activities
  • For the more challenging activities find an organised event to ensure the safest conditions for your child
  • Check out the following additional information and links for further guidance and safety



1.Climb a tree

2. Roll down a really big hill

  • Use hills with gentle slope
  • Avoid areas recently occupied by livestock

3. Camp out in the wild

4. Build a den

7. Fly a kite

8. Catch a fish with a net

  • Be gentle when fishing with a net
  • Always put the fish back quickly in the water
  • Keep cuts and wounds covered with waterproof plasters
  • Get more pond safety advice.

9. Eat an apple straight from a tree

  • Give the apple a wash before eating it and look out for maggot holes
  • Ask the owner of the tree for permission beforehand

10. Play conkers

  • Help prepare the conker for your child.
  • 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

12. Hunt for treasure on the beach

14. Dam a stream

  • Be careful of any wildlife that may be living in the area
  • Small streams with gentle currents are safest

15. Go sledging

16. Bury someone in the sand

  • Keep away well away from the shore line and wait until the tide is out
  • Lie on top of the sand and cover the person with soft sand that's around rather than digging a hole
  • Keep sand away from your face
  • Get more sand safety tips here (PDF /2.6 MB)

17. Set up a snail race

18. Balance on a fallen tree

  • 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
  • Avoid trees with short, sharp branches that you could hurt yourself on
  • Pick a day which is not wet and/or windy

19. Swing on a rope swing

21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild

22. Take a look inside a tree

  • Pick a sturdy tree that's not likely to fall
  • To be super safe, it's best to avoid windy or wet weather

23. Visit an island

  • 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

28. Climb a huge hill

  • Stay away from hidden dangers such as crevices or old mine shafts

29. Get behind a waterfall

32. Find some frogspawn

33. Catch a butterfly in a net

  • It's against the law to catch some butterflies - identify the butterfly before catching it to make sure it is not a rare variety
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Release the butterfly as soon as possible where you caught them especially if they are getting unhappy
  • Read more about catching butterflies

35. Discover what's in a pond

36. Call an owl

  • Be careful: Male owls (that you're impersonating) can be very aggressive, especially when they are near the nest.
  • Nesting season lasts from February through to August so it may be best to try outside of this time
  • Read more on Owls (RSPB), Tawny Owl facts (RSPB), BBC Tawny Owl videos

37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool

  • Rocks can be slippery - supervise your child at all times and watch out for hidden dangers such as crevices
  • Make sure you choose an area that won't get cut off by the tide

39. Catch a crab

  • Check the surroundings and make sure it's safe
  • Male crabs can be aggressive towards each other so don't put too many of them together in a small bucket
  • Keep crabs in a bucket full of sea water away from direct sunlight
  • Be sure to release the crabs back into the water afterwards

40. Go on a nature walk at night

  • It can be difficult to spot hazards at night, so walk the route in the daylight before attempting it at night
  • Don't forget to take a torch

42. Go wild swimming

43. Go rafting

44. Light a fire without matches

45. Find your way with a map and a compass

46. Try bouldering

47. Cook on a campfire

48. Try abseiling

49. Find a geocache

50. Canoe down a river

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