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50 things to do before you're 11¾

Fri 4 Apr 2014

50 things to do before you're 11¾

Making bucket lists is all the rage these days, but most people don't start thinking about them until they've been made weary by many years of full-time work. 

However, the National Trust is keen to ensure that children start making the most of their lives as early as possible in response to figures which show that children are spending 60 per cent less time outdoors than their parents did at the same age. 

To get young people out enjoying the fresh air, it has compiled a list of some of the easiest and fun outdoor experiences it believes all children should do before their 12th birthday.

So what better way to spend a day of your family holiday on the Isle of Wight than by heading to the Newtown National Nature Reserve and helping your kids make a start on the National Trust's list of '50 things to do before you're 11¾'?

On May 5th between 10am and 4pm, the reserve will be giving families the opportunity to try some of the 50 outdoor activities on the list, from bug hunting to geocaching. Young ones are encouraged to come "prepared to get dirty" and stay for as long as they like. 

Make sure your kids print out the '50 things to do before you're 11¾' checklist beforehand so that they can start ticking off their outdoor adventures.

You can also use the list throughout your holiday to inform your other days out - completing activities such as climbing a tree, skimming a stone and catching a fish with a net. Other fun things to do on the Isle of Wight include fossil hunting, damming a stream and bird watching.

The 50 things to do are split into five different categories - adventurer, discoverer, ranger, tracker and explorer - so your children can complete them in sections, and build up to completion over the course of several holidays to the Isle of Wight. ADNFCR-3083-ID-801710034-ADNFCR

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