How to get your kids excited about the outdoors


Enjoy sitting round a campfire © National Trust/Peter Muhly

Enjoy sitting round a campfire


It can be slippery, crunchy, fluffy and muddy. Sometimes it bites, sometimes it squawks. It gets in your hair and between your toes. Nature’s a funny old thing.

But despite, or perhaps, because of its quirks we need it. Your kids need it too. That’s why we’re inviting you and your family to take on the challenge: 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.

The benefits

‘My dad taught me. It was something we shared.’
- Parent remembers cooking on a campfire

Our survey found that 80% of parents would like to see their child play outside more. It helps family’s to bond, kids to learn, improves mental health, physical health, connects young minds to the world around them and it’s free. What’s not to like?

The obstacles

But safety, lack of outdoor space and our busy lives can make it difficult to find time. A lot of people also say that their kids don’t want to play outdoors. With the rise of computer games and TV all that green stuff doesn’t always look so fun anymore. That’s where 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ comes in…

The secret to getting your kids outdoors

‘It scares my mum!’
- Boy, nine, on why he likes climbing trees

Kids love the 50 things challenge because it was their idea. Climbing trees and mud pies were not the results of a measured discussion by men in suits, clutching biros. The 50 things were dreamt up by 1,700 kids, clutching crayons.

Discover what this army of children voted for as the 50 best things to do before you’re 11 ¾

Start your 50 things adventure