Things My Children Have Done Before They are 11 3/4

A while ago I bought a book entitled 50 Things To Do Before You're 11 3/4 by The National Trust. It's full of activities that little ones can do outside and I'm certain that my daughters have done a few. So in this post I'm going to highlight the things they have done (mainly eldest) and take a look back at the past.


Things My Children Have Done Before They are 11 3/4

Many of these activities have led us to discover more about the world we live in and enriched both our daughters and our lives.

Camp Wilderness


Things My Children Have Done Before They are 11 3/4

I'm classing camping out in the wild (3) as something we've done as we went to Camp Wilderness last year. Eldest also helped throw a few sticks into the fire and thus help cook on a campfire (47) and light a fire without matches (44). 

Embracing the Weather

Things My Children Have Done Before They are 11 3/4

We've been wrapping up warm, donned our wellies and run around in the rain (5). Eldest often tries to correct me by telling me it's 'water'. Of course seeing her big sister have fun in puddles led to youngest wanting to have a go too. 

Our Geocaching Adventures


Things My Children Have Done Before They are 11 3/4


We love the great outdoors and have had many an adventure tracking down geocaches (49) sometimes this has led to looking in trees (22). On some of the routes we've been able to eat blackberries growing in the wild (21) and have tracked wild animals (34).  

What We've Discovered


Things My Children Have Done Before They are 11 3/4


In writing this post I am aware that my children have had a lot of help in being able to do some of these activities (given their age) such as climbing a tree (1) and encouraged to explore the world around them and roll down hills (2) but that is where the joy lies as we teach each other about the world we live in. One day they will be fully independent of us but we are the ones to help grow their wings.

So here's to our adventures so far and here's hoping we will have many more wonderful adventures with the family this year.


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Comments

  1. What a brilliant list! Now our son is two and walking about we're all set to have some more adventures. I want to make the most of showing him the world and its wonders but if he reaches the eye rolling, teenager stage. There's such joy in small things like rolling down an embankment or splashing in the rain. #BlogClubUK

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  2. Nice! We're doing the "Things to do..." National Trust thing too ����
    #BloggerClubUK

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  3. Awwh, that's lovely stuff. Well done. #coolmumclub

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  4. I think the NT initiative is a great one, especially for children who aren't outside all the time. Thankfully my son had done most of them by age 5 - the joys of being on a farm and having older cousins to lead him astray #sharingthebloglove

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  5. There are some great ideas here. My children would love these. Saving this link! #coolmumclub

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  6. Sounds like a fabulous book - might just look it up for my daughters birthday ;-)

    Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub

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  7. I've heard about this book, and has definitely intrigued me. Anything that encourages outdoor activity and being surrounded by nature at a young age is a positive to me. Your children, and family as a whole, sound like they've had some wonderful adventures so far. #MMBC

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  8. It's great how many you've already done from the 50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4 I love this list as it really does encourage kids to enjoy nature. Your daughter always looks so happy when she's out in the fresh air so I know she's going to complete everything the list has on it. I look forward to seeing more of the list completed as time goes on.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

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  9. That National Trust book is a genius idea, we love it too. And I love that it means parents get involved (like you) so younger kids and toddlers can get outdoors and learn to love nature. Great post #CountryKids

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  10. This sounds like a great book. Difficult for us Londoners to get out and about as much as we like, but I bet I did most of that list as a free range Isle of Wight kid! Thanks for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime

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  11. I have heard about that book! They have a booklet before and we have checked a lot of activities although we need to do a lot more. #countrykids

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  12. Any reason to get children outside gets my vote. Looks like you are in the right track. Xx #thesatsesh

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  13. We love the 50 things ideas too - my son has done so many of them over the years too #CountryKids

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  14. We loved trying to complete all these challenges. Its fabulous fun as a family.

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  15. Your children are so lucky to have already done so many wonderful things from this list. Camp Wilderness sounds pretty fab. I need to be better at embracing the weather - the kids are, but I'm not so keen on rain, I don't mind cold! #thesatsesh xx

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  16. I love this list - I think it's so important for children to enjoy the outdoors and I love that there are lots of options to keep them exploring and getting braver as they get older. It sounds like you're making great progress with ticking these off! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  17. we love getting outdoors, its great for the whole family x

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  18. I love the idea of this book! It's such a brilliant way to get kids having fun outdoors. Thanks for sharing with #fortheloveofBLOG

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  19. Sounds like a great book! We love to be outdoors and I think we need to give geocaching a go too. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  20. I love this, I have this book and it is brilliant for ideas to get out of the house and go outdoors X #thesatsesh

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  21. We have this book and it’s full of some wonderful things to do with the kids. Geocaching is on our list this yeat as I think Monkey maybe finally old enough! #countrykids

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  22. We have this book and it’s full of some wonderful things to do with the kids. Geocaching is on our list this yeat as I think Monkey maybe finally old enough! #countrykids

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  23. Geocaching- now that is something which is definitely on our list for 2018- thank you for reminding me about this, we haven't done it yet but this will be the year to give it a go! #adventurecalling

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  24. I have this book too I love it, it's so cute and gives us loads of ideas for outdoor fun. sometimes national trust places have actual trails or activities to match one of the activities from the book, too! #adventurecalling

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  25. #thesatsesh what a interesting idea. I'm not a NT fan but I like the idea of a challenge list. A great motivator to get out and explore. Thanks for joining us.

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  26. Popping back for #CountryKids 😊👍

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  27. This is fantastic that your girls, even though they're still so young, have already ticked so many things off this list! My oldest turns 12 in the summer, so I'm going to order this book right now to see how many of these 50 things he has done.
    #CountryKids

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  28. We have this book as well. I love it. Give you lots of ideas. There's also a night time one which should lead to some really exciting adventures.

    I love your photos

    #adventurecalling

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  29. This is an awesome book and full of great ideas. We live in the wilderness and my daughter goes to Forest School every Friday so we have done a lot - but plenty left to try (including geo caching) #AdventureCalling

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  30. We love that book in our family (we've also get the messy version) and are working our way through it too. It's great that you've ticked off so many already and nice for you to collect all of those memories in one place to look back on. #CountryKids

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  31. Ah I love this. We are huge National Trust fans and we have done quite of few of these - especially embracing the weather! #countrykids

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  32. Looks like a cool book. It's a shame, they don't have a kindle version yet. I love the puddle photo, kids and water are made for each other.

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  33. You've done some great work getting your kids outside and achieving all those already, good luck finishing the list :) #AdventureCalling

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  34. We love this national Trust booklet too. It's a great resource for kids to tick off as and when and really gives you some great ideas for outdoor adventures. it looks like you've had fun anyway. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling , I hope you can when we open for posts again in the morning.

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  35. I love how much the National Trust encourages families to get outside and have some fun. You've had some great adventures and I look forward to reading more. Thanks for joining us #AdventureCalling

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