It’s arguably the best toy known to man. No, we’re not talking about the latest gadget. We’re talking about sticks.
The great thing about mud is that you can find it anywhere, and some National Trust places have huge quantities of it just waiting to be made into pies.
More exciting than horse racing, more civilised than football, pooh sticks is the perfect game for a summer's afternoon by the river.
Toast a marshmallow or fry your breakfast over a camp fire at one of our regular camping events.
What could be better on a hot day than getting into the river and trying to dam it? Give it a go at one of our special places.
Build a den out of sticks on a flat spot in the woods, cover it with leaves, and you've got a pirate hideout or a meeting place for spies. There are loads of National Trust places with perfect spots for den building.
Use sticks to make a trail through the forest, and get others to follow it to discover what you've hidden.
From muddy trails to woodland dens, there's plenty of outdoor fun for the children to discover at the places we look after. Here's our pick of the best natural play areas.
You don't need to be an expert to spot stars, satellites and planets. Just follow our top tips for a family stargazing adventure at one of the places we care for.
Dressing up is a fun way for children to get in touch with the past. We've picked our top places to try on costumes and play make believe.