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Inspired by the National Trust’s excellent ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’, I take a look at which of the fifty activities Tilly has already completed as she approaches 3¾. It’s rather more than I thought…

We were given a National Trust membership for Christmas and on our latest visit to one of their properties I picked up the guide to the 50 activities for children to get some ideas.

Tilly is child who gets cabin fever easily so I try to get her outside nearly every day. Although I make no claim on being the most practical or outdoorsy dad, looking through the ’50 things to do’ list I realise that tiny Tilly has already ticked off a fair number of the activities. At 3¾ years of age I thought it was a good time for a progress check to see if we’re on track to having done all 50 by 11¾.

1. Climb a tree

Fittingly, Tilly recently discovered a tree full of children at the National Trust’s Hughenden Manor property and scaled into the lower branches. I’m sure she would have gone higher if I’d not been there to ensure restraint. (NT1)

2. Roll down a really big hill

Tilly has visited Ashton Memorial a few times now, which sits high over Lancaster. The view is great but Tilly has enjoyed rolling down the rather steep hill even more. (NT2)

3. Play in the snow

We don’t have much snow but on each snow day for the past couple of winters, Tilly has been out in the garden and loving it. (NT15)

4. Create some wild art

Tilly’s recent visit to the local field centre involved making an owl and bracelet using leaves flowers from around the centre’s grounds. (NT 18)

5. Play pooh sticks

The modest chalk stream that runs through our town is ideal for pooh sticks and Tilly has had a few games on the small bridges with friends.  (NT 19)

6. Pick blackberries growing in the wild

We have some excellent berry-laden hedgerows within walking distance of home and the past two autumns have seen us picking plenty, although Tilly ends up eating the majority with little making it home (NT21)

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7. Visit a farm

Living in a rural area, farms make up a fair proportion of activities and events throughout the year. Tilly has visited loads of farms including current working farms, play farms and historic farms. (NT23)

8. Climb a huge hill

Although her stamina is limited at the age of three, Tilly has been to the top of Coombe Hill with me, one of the highest points in the Chilterns and a brilliant viewpoint (NT28)

9. Hunt for bugs

Tilly is an experienced minibeast hunter with favourite stones for discovering the best of the bugs that live in our garden. (NT31)

10. Find some frogspawn

Thanks to the grandparents’ pond, Tilly has helped find some frogspawn not to mention some frogs and toads too. (NT32)

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11. Discover what’s in a pond

A recent open day at the local field centre enabled Tilly to check this one off the list. A variety of bugs and even a newt were the pond haul. (NT35)

12. Check out the crazy creatures in a rockpool

We had a cold and windswept visit to Morecambe Bay on an early spring day. We didn’t find much but it marked Tilly’s first exploration of rock pools. (NT37)

13. Bring up a butterfly

Full marks to her preschool, Tilly has seen caterpillars make their fascinating journey through to becoming butterflies. (NT38)

14. Plant it, grow it, eat it

Another nod to preschool, Tilly has grown and eaten cress. (NT41)

15. Go bird watching

We’re often on the look out for birds in the garden and recently tried out the hide at the Chiltern Open Air Museum. (NT43)

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16. Cook on a campfire

The enchanted museum event at the Chiltern Open Air Museum was Tilly’s first experience of toasting marshmallows on a campfire. (NT47)

17. Find a geocache

We recently tracked down a geocache near to home. (NT49)

Tilly’s tally

Impressively, at just three and three quarter years old, Tilly has already completed a third of the activities. True, one or two are in a scaled down form suitable for her age but there’s no doubt that the first few years of her life have been full of experiences.

The great thing about the National Trust’s activities list is that you can do the majority of them at no cost if you’re in the right place. The woods, the seaside or just your own garden can make the ideal setting for adventures in nature.

You can find out more about the National Trust’s ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ challenge and see the full list of the activities on their ’50 Things’ website.

Perhaps you’re working through the list with your children. Share your progress in the comments section.

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23 thoughts on “Things I’ve done before I’m 3¾

  • 12 August 2016 at 12:58 pm
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    She has done so much for someone so little. Some great activities there too #thelist

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    • 15 August 2016 at 10:25 pm
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      There does seem to be so many opportunities for children to experience things these days. Don’t think I’d have done a fraction of that at her age. Thanks for visiting.

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    • 15 August 2016 at 10:25 pm
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      There does seem to be so many opportunities for children to experience things these days. Don’t think I’d have done a fraction of that at her age. Thanks for visiting.

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  • 12 August 2016 at 8:54 pm
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    This is such a great idea. I’m off to get the list now to go through with my son tomorrow, he’ll love it and it will give us some new challenges for days out this summer.
    #TheList

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    • 15 August 2016 at 10:27 pm
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      The NT list is full of ideas that get children into nature and making their own adventures. Do write about your experiences as I’d love to see how you got on with your son.

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  • 13 August 2016 at 12:16 pm
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    Well done to you, Tilly and the pre school, it sounds like you have a great outdoorsy school there. I love the National Trust initiative and many of the things are easy to tick off at a young age. better still they remain favourite things to try time and time again. I look forward to reading more of Tilly’s 50 things and seeing some favourites repeated.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #countryKids

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    • 15 August 2016 at 10:32 pm
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      One of the reasons I chose Tilly’s preschool was the forest school and watching the development of eggs to chicks and caterpillars to butterflies. The NT is a great guide for activities and we’re definitely going to be working through some over the summer.

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  • 14 August 2016 at 6:20 pm
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    I was also checking the list on my head if my son had done this when he is 3-3/4! Gladly he made! But I do miss the playing in the snow bit as its been awhile since we had one.

    Lovely list to complete =)

    #countrykids

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  • 15 August 2016 at 10:17 am
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    I Love this list! I will have to remember these as a to do list for my little one 🙂 #Countrykids

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  • 15 August 2016 at 12:31 pm
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    I love this list! I think my 4 year old has gotten them all but I have a bit of work to do with my 2 year old to get the whole list. What fun! Thanks for sharing. #countrykids

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  • 15 August 2016 at 9:55 pm
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    We love getting out and about. Yesterday we were all hunting for geocaches. I’ll have to check this list out. #countrykids

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  • 15 August 2016 at 9:56 pm
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    I love the National Trust 50 things to do before you are 11 3/4 challenge, I was thinking recently which activities my 5 year old has done. I love your list, looks like your daughter has done lots of fun outdoor challenges already 🙂 Great photos too, brilliant! #countrykids

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  • 16 August 2016 at 6:35 am
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    My two year old is going rock pooling today! I am hoping she has a great time (and few tantrums – her poor grandparents!).

    #twinklytuesday

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    • 18 August 2016 at 9:52 pm
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      Tilly is becoming easier on the grandparents but she still has her moments. She found the most tiny of crabs on our latest visit to rockpools. Not sure what she’d do if she found a full-sized one – probably freak out!

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  • 16 August 2016 at 7:17 am
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    I love the National Trust’s list – we have the books and have been filling them in and the girls have done a similar number of things on the list – like Tilly, in a way that’s scaled down to be appropriate to their age. It’s such a brilliant way to encourage children to explore and have fun outdoors. We’ve yet to find frogspawn though – didn’t manage to find anywhere with it earlier this year but perhaps we will manage to do so next year! Well done to Tilly for managing to do a third of the list so far! 🙂 #countrykids

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    • 18 August 2016 at 9:58 pm
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      Glad to hear you’ve all been having fun working through the National Trust list of 50. I’d be interested to read how your two are getting on with the list if you do at some point. Frogspawn is tricky. If it wasn’t for the grandparents’ pond we wouldn’t have found any but I wonder if any village green pond might have some at the right time of year?

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  • 16 August 2016 at 4:08 pm
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    What a great list. My eldest is 3 1/2 and had also completed quite a few. I will have to check out the full list. Thanks for sharing #twinklytuesday

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    • 18 August 2016 at 9:59 pm
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      The National Trust list is certainly a good guide for some out-of-doors inspiration. Thanks for visiting.

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  • 16 August 2016 at 7:35 pm
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    Tilly has done really really well in achieving these so far. Nice the school add to the numbers achieved. I am sure she will do many more in the coming years. #Countrykids

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    • 18 August 2016 at 10:01 pm
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      I thought we might have done a few but I had no idea it was so many, but hopefully it’s a sign we’re doing the right sort of outdoor activities. The preschool’s involvement in the outdoors and nature is a big reason why I was keen Tilly went and they do some fascinating things that I’ve never seen before.

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  • 17 August 2016 at 10:34 pm
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    Awww well done to her, she’ done a lot already for her age. 🙂 We love the National Trust list too. 🙂
    #countrykids

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    • 18 August 2016 at 10:03 pm
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      It’s only recently I actually picked up the list as I had assumed it would be for older children but nearly all of it can be tried out by littler ones in some way, which is great.

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  • 21 August 2016 at 7:12 am
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    What a brilliant lot of things she has done already. I love that you have written this as now she has documentation of all the outdoor fun she has done with you. Keep exploring little one! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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