Have you noticed how many outdoor posts we have on Rainy Day Mum – although somehow I have become known as a “craft” blogger – if you actually looked at our day you will see that we spend a large proportion of the day outside enjoying the free playgrounds around us and in our garden but it would seem that we are somewhat of a minority so much so that The National Trust (a UK charity that works to preserve and protect the UK’s historic places and space forever and for everyone ) have complied a list of 50 activities to do before you turn 11 3/4’s (yes the 3/4’s is vitally important or so I am told by parents with older kids) outdoors and as a family to connect the kids with nature and let them have a Natural Childhood.

50 ideas to create a natural childhood for your kids. With easy to do outdoor activities for kids keeping screen free all year round.

To help you on your way they have created a website you can join – we have – to tick off the ideas, if you are in the UK or are visiting the UK they have suggestions of places that you can visit to do some of the activities, but believe me these are activities from our own childhood that can be done around the world. You can download and print the PDF but to make it easy for you to see here is the list.

50 Ideas for a Natural Childhood

  1. Climb a tree.50 ideas to create a natural childhood for your kids. With easy to do outdoor activities for kids keeping screen free all year round.
  2. Roll down a really big hill.
  3. Camp out in the wild.
  4. Build a den.
  5. Skim a stone.
  6. Run around in the rain.
  7. Fly a kite.
  8. Catch a fish in a net.
  9. Eat an apple straight from a tree.
  10. Play conkers.
  11. Go on a really long bike ride.
  12. Make a trail with sticks.
  13. Make a mud pie.
  14. Dam a stream.50 ideas to create a natural childhood for your kids. With easy to do outdoor activities for kids keeping screen free all year round.
  15. Play in the snow.
  16. Make a daisy chain.
  17. Set up a snail race.
  18. Create some wild art.
  19. Play Pooh sticks.
  20. Jump over waves.50 ideas to create a natural childhood for your kids. With easy to do outdoor activities for kids keeping screen free all year round.
  21. Pick blackberries growing in the wild.
  22. Explore inside a tree.
  23. Visit a farm.
  24. Go on a walk barefoot.
  25. Make a grass trumpet.
  26. Hunt for fossils and bones.
  27. Go star gazing.
  28. Climb a huge hill.
  29. Explore a cave.
  30. Hold a scary beast.50 ideas to create a natural childhood for your kids. With easy to do outdoor activities for kids keeping screen free all year round.
  31. Hunt for bugs.
  32. Find some frogspawn.
  33. Catch a falling leaf.
  34. Track wild animals.
  35. Discover what’s in a pond.
  36. Make a home for wild animals.50 ideas to create a natural childhood for your kids. With easy to do outdoor activities for kids keeping screen free all year round.
  37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool.
  38. Bring up a butterfly.
  39. Catch a crab.
  40. Go on a nature walk at night.50 ideas to create a natural childhood for your kids. With easy to do outdoor activities for kids keeping screen free all year round.
  41. Plant it grow it eat it.
  42. Go swimming in the sea.
  43. Build a raft.
  44. Go bird watching.
  45. Find your way with a map and compass.
  46. Try rock climbing.
  47. Cook on a campfire.
  48. Learn to ride a horse.
  49. Find a geocache.
  50. Canoe down a river.

So there you go there are the 50 things to do before you turn 11 3/4 pop over and sign up and start ticking them off – why not make your Summer bucket list this year an outdoor one.

If you are joining in and ticking off some of the 50 things to do before you turn 11 3/4 then why not come and join us on Twitter or Instagram use #naturalchildhood or #50things  sharing the things from the list that you do over the summer months and into next year.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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  1. Hide in a haystack, fish from a tank,go to the top of pikes peak in a family car, ride a horse, be scared of a bull alone in the field, ride a streetcar by yourself, swing on an inner tube from a tree, drive an old car with your cousin and wind up in a field, go to the ocean for the first time in California, go to a night baseball game with your grandfather, go see Billy Graham with your uncle and get baptized at Easter, camp out and be chased by big black spiders, watch the ants and chickens in your grandmother’s chicken yard..

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