Instead of the ‘bucket-lists’ we see popping up all over the place these days, this article is about a list of things to do before you’re 11 and 3 quarters (!) but we think it could be just as applicable to any adult wanting to turn back the clock and have a bit of fun.
Where The Idea Came From
The National Trust (a very respectable organization protecting British heritage and open spaces) has just published a list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 and 3 quarters. When I heard about it, I loved the idea straight away because every single item is free and meant to take place outdoors. Perfect for the kids I thought. Then, curiosity got the better of me… how many could I have ticked when I turned 11 and 3 quarters. Even better… could I tick them all today?
The Challenge? How Many Of These Can You Do?
Reading the list brought on a smile and cherished memories although I have to admit I didn’t really understand them all … make a mud slide? Surely they do not mean an alcoholic mudslide cocktail? Maybe it’s just piling up mud to slide on it?
… find a geocache? Could it be finding a cave and hiding in it? wow, I’ve just googled it. Excuse my ignorance, it’s a treasure hunt with a GPS for caches all over the world. Find them, log your name in it. Cool! You can guess that I haven’t ticked that one yet…
Out of 50, I can report I had done 32 when I was 11 and 3 quarters. And now, I can proudly tick off 41.
The ones I think I’m going to find a challenge are getting behind a waterfall (unless I can find a safe one to go behind!), catching a crab (scared of those!). Otherwise, I’d loved to go on a nature walk at night, finding a geocache, canoeing down a river.
I just love this list and the idea behind it. It’s all about having fun, enjoying outdoor life and what it has to offer. And, it doesn’t have to cost a cent!
Here’s the National Trust website address where you’ll find the list but you’ll need to register to get access (you’ll receive further information and ideas by emails once registered): https://www.50things.org.uk/
50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 and 3 Quarters
1. Climb a tree
Here is the list in case you don’t wish to register:
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 with a net
9. Eat an apple straight from a tree
10. Play conkers
11. Throw some snow
12. Hunt for treasure on the beach
13. Make a mud pie 14. Dam a stream
15. Go sledging
16. Bury someone in the sand
17. Set up a snail race
18. Balance on a fallen tree
19. Swing on a rope swing
20. Make a mud slide
21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild
22. Take a look inside a tree
23. Visit an island
24. Feel like you’re flying in the wind
25. Make a grass trumpet
26. Hunt for fossils and bones
27. Watch the sun wake up 35. Discover what’s in a pond
28. Climb a huge hill
29. Get behind a waterfall
30. Feed a bird from your hand
31. Hunt for bugs
32. Find some frogspawn
33. Catch a butterfly in a net
34. Track wild animals
36. Call an owl
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
41. Plant it, grow it, eat it
42. Go wild swimming
43. Go rafting
44. Light a fire without matches
45. Find your way with a map and compass
46. Try bouldering
47. Cook on a campfire
48. Try abseiling
49. Find a geocache
50. Canoe down a river
Over To You…
So, I dare you. Take a look at the list and let us know how many you can tick off. Why not come up with other ideas of your own and let us know? For instance, I would have loved to see make a flower necklace, jump from stone to stone to cross a river, eat garden peas fresh from the pods, pick mushrooms, get stung by nettles (hey, why not, I’m not saying I like it but it’s part and parcel of the whole nature experience to me!).