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The National Trust has launched a nationwide campaign to encourage sofa-bound children to take to the outdoors and enjoy classic adventures from skimming stones to building dens.
The ’50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾’ initiative comes after a National Trust report showed that fewer than one in ten children regularly play outside in in wild places, a third have never climbed a tree and one in ten can’t ride a bike.
They’ve come up with a fun checklist for under-12s (and those who are young at heart) including all sorts of things kids can do outside, like running around in the rain and bug hunting, to setting up a snail race, eating an apple from a tree, flying a kite and making a mud pie.
Kids can pick up a free ’50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾’ scrapbook from https://www.50things.org.uk/ and also from Hatfield Forest, the nearest national trust property taking part in the fun. Children can fill in their completed activities online and earn points towards their very own explorer badge.