50 Things to do Before you’re 11 and Three Quarters

As part of our Bucket List for the year we’ve decided to start ticking off things from the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activity list. The children have a few years to go before they reach that magic milestone and I thought it would be a nice way to inspire us to get outside and do more. So here is my list to tick off as the year goes by:


  • Climb a tree
  • Roll down a really big hill
  • Camp out in the wild
  • Build a den
  • Skim a stone
  • Run around in the rain
  • Fly a kite
  • Catch a fish with a net
  • Eat an apple straight from a tree
  • Play conkers


  • Go on a really long bike ride
  • Make a trail with sticks
  • Make a mud pie
  • Dam a stream
  • Play in the snow
  • Make a daisy chain
  • Set up a snail race
  • Make some wild art
  • Play pooh sticks
  • Jump over waves


  • Pick blackberries in the wild
  • Explore inside a tree
  • Visit a farm
  • Go on a walk barefoot
  • Make a grass trumpet
  • Hunt for fossils
  • Go stargazing
  • Climb a hill
  • Explore a cave
  • Hold a scary beast


  • Hunt for bugs
  • Find some frog spawn
  • Catch a falling leaf
  • Track wild animals
  • Discover what’s in a pond
  • Make a home for a wild animal
  • Check out creatures in a rock pool
  • Bring up a butterfly
  • Catch a crab
  • Go on a night adventure walk


  • Plant it, grow it, eat it
  • Swim in the sea
  • Build a raft
  • Go bird watching
  • Use a map and compass
  • Try rock climbing
  • Cook on a camp fire
  • Learn to horse ride
  • Find a geocache
  • Canoe down a river

I know there are a few things on this list that we would never think to do without a prompt and I know that the children will absolutely love ticking these off. The National Trust have a cute printable that we’ll put on the wall for the children to read and tick off as we go along and I’ll keep you updated on our progress. Why don’t you join in too?


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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