FAMILY DAYS 50 THINGS TO DO BEFORE OR AFTER YOU’RE 11 & 3/4’s ….A TRIED & TESTED GUIDE TO MAKING CHILDHOOD MAGICAL

Remember your childhood? Dodgy dangerous homemade go carts, bruised knees & war wounds, climbing trees & building dens, wheelbarrow racing & playing out from dawn til dusk. The holidays seemed to last forever & be filled with adventures that we made without any money in our pockets but with bucket loads of imagination and hearts full of enthusiasm to pedal through puddles, ignore the rain & live for each minute of each day in a world of natural make believe with no concept of time & only how long we could play out being our focus & when we could next call for our mates. It seems that at the time we hade no knowledge of the importance of the era, how times would change & how we would sit back as we grew & realise the importance of the freedom we had in our youth in all that we did, the ability to be able to scrape ourselves up by living dangerously, the acceptance in taking risks and the fun we had in living in an era that did not have health & safety holding us back.

We still try to live by these rules, as parents we can still provide our children with a chance to take risks, to get muddy, to learn lessons by consequence and to ultimately enjoy a childhood of freedom, exploration & adventure just like we did.

So I decided to compile a list of some of the things that we’ve squeezed into a childhood that’s fleeting and becoming more and more defined by ‘cans & cants’ ‘rules & regulation’ ‘a claims culture’ & ‘health & safety’…

We do not live within a ball of cotton wool, we have plasters for disasters & kisses to make things better.

If you enjoy our list please share it for others to enjoy.

This is our childhood list of 50 things to do before & after you are 11 3/4’s because although childhood is fleeting we believe it can still last forever…

No 1….Paddling pool star gazing.

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No 2…Homemade ice rink.

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No 3…Finding sharks teeth

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No 4…Aeroplane spotting

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No 5…Collecting treasures to keep.

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No 6…Nightime Swingball

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No 7…Wheel barrow racing

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No 8…Carrier bag kites

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No 9…Park in the dark.

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No 10…Discovering shooting stars.

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No 11…Discovering pearls.

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No 12…Waterbutt rolling

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No 13…Tin can marshmallow toasting.

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No 14…Finding evidence of fairies.

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No 15…Pop up tent flying

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No 16…Reaching for the moon.

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No 17…Embracing the rain

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No 18…Bug hunting in flowers as tall as you.

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No 19…Build your own campfire

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No 20…Tame a prehistoric tree rhino or similar.

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No 21…Skim stones in your pants.

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No 22…Get lost in tall grass.

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No 23…Set up camp inside.

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No 24…Sit on hay bales.

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No 25…Build your own Tipi

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No 26…Watch the sun set from a hill.

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No 27…Explore a crop circle

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No 28…Run through a meadow full of flowers.

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No 29…Find buried treasure at the beach.

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No 30…walk behind a waterfall.

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No 31…hunt for crystal gemstones

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No 32…Search for dragon eggs.

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No 33…Toast marshmallows in your PJ’s

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No 34…Make a fabric swing in the woods.

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No 35…Explore something frozen outdoors.

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No 36…Dance under blossom trees

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No 37…Make an outdoor pop up tent cinema

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No 38…Lilo surf in the rain

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No 39…Blow bubbles & watch them freeze on frosty mornings.

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No 40…Make ice lanterns.

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No 41…Make an under table hammock

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No 42…Go for a nocturnal walk.

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No 43…Find a message in a bottle.

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No 44…Pan for gold.

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No 45…set up a garden shower.

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No 46…have an outdoor egg cooking competition.

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No 47…Leave fairy messages whilst the kids sleep.

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No 48…bath in the kitchen sink.

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No 49…Get your toes muddy.

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And finally, reach for the sun & squeeze every last drop from every day…..

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our 50 things list, if you would like to follow us & discover more daily, fun & frugal magical memory making activities & adventures during a childhood that’s fleeting you can find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-days-Tried-tested/287237957955725?ref=hl

18 comments on “FAMILY DAYS 50 THINGS TO DO BEFORE OR AFTER YOU’RE 11 & 3/4’s ….A TRIED & TESTED GUIDE TO MAKING CHILDHOOD MAGICAL

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  2. The National Trust has been spearheading this campaign for a few years now. 50 things to do before you’re 11 and 3/4 has been one of our most successful campaigns ever and encourages children to get outdoors and closer to nature. Check out our website for more info: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk
    We’re always happy to see people taking inspiration from us so thank you.

    • We were asked to collaborate with The National Trust & Project Wild Thing/David Bond at Nymans a few years ago to encourage, discuss and give input into the 50 things/closer to nature campaign, which was a pleasure, and it was a fantastic inspiration and very much in line with our everyday ethos, hence Family Days coming up with their own alternative list allowing for a few more scrapes and bruises along the way 😀 …..get the kids out! get mucky! Toss aside you’re shoes and embrace childhood with all things natural that are there to explore 👍

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