Top five '50 things to do before you're 11¾' this season at Croome
Get your kids closer to nature with ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’. There’s plenty of outdoor activities to do all year round, from watching the sunset to creating some wild art. Here are our top five ‘50 things’ to do during each of the seasons. How many of them will you do?
No. 1 Get to know a tree
There are so many different trees at Croome. Spring is a great time to take a closer look at trees and notice how they transform through the year. We’ve got old trees and new. Trees you can sit in and trees you can hide in. Which tree will be your favourite?
No. 6 Go welly wandering
Getting wet in the rain is fun if you know you can get dry again afterwards. You will need; a rainy day, some welly boots, a raincoat and a towel or change of clothes.
No. 7 Fly a kite
What you will need; a windy day, a wide open space (try the hill by the church) and a kite.
No. 18 Create some wild art
Try to find materials that vary in colour and texture so you have lots of choice; a collection of leaves, twigs and seed pods are a good start.
No. 44 Watch a bird
The bird hide is an ideal place to spot our feathered friends. A walk to the lakeside gives you a chance to see ducks, geese and swans - keep your eyes peeled and you may even spot our resident heron.
No. 2 Roll down a really big hill
What you will need; a grassy hill (we have one in front of the church) and a clear run with nothing to bump into. Rolling down a hill can make you dizzy so don't do it too often.
No. 9 Eat a picnic in the wild
There are loads of places to eat a picnic at Croome, where is your favourite, if you need some ideas look here https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome/features/discover-your-perfect-picnic-spot
No. 19 Play pooh sticks
With four bridges in the parkland you’re spoilt for choice to play pooh sticks with your friends.
No. 24 Go barefoot
You’ll never want to put your shoes back on when you feel the tickly grass between your toes. Make sure you have a towel to clean your feet before you put your shoes back on and watch out for anything sharp in the grass.
No. 31 Make friends with a bug
You will need a bucket or a tub, a net to scoop them out of the water, a grown up to supervise you, a stick to dig in the earth. What can you find around Croome? Draw a picture of what you find.
No. 10 Play conkers
You will need a conker, some string, a worthy opponent and a grown-up to help you get the string through the conker. There are lots of places to collect conkers at Croome.
No. 21 Forage for wild food
September is a great time to pick blackberries from the hedgerows - they're everywhere. They are not just tasty treats they make great drawing tools too. Get help from a grown-up who knows what they are doing.
No. 22 Find some funky fungi
There are loads of different species of fungi at Croome in the autumn, in the grass, growing on trees, how many can you find? Try drawing them. Please don't be tempted to eat any of them.
No. 30 Go on a scavenger hunt
Make a list of five things you might find. The possibilities are endless. Be sure to scavenge things already fallen, do not pick anything that is still growing. You could also collect different colours or textures by taking photographs or rubbings.
No. 33 Go cloud watching
One of the best things about Croome’s landscape is the big sky meaning lots of cloud spotting opportunities. You might identify the different types of clouds or you might see different shapes in them.
No. 4 Build a den
Branches, twigs and leaves make a surprisingly cosy den. Make your way down to out wild play area where you will find all you need to make a den.
No. 12 Have fun with sticks
How many uses can you think of for the humble stick? Use sticks as arrows and mark a path through the woods. They could become a fishing rod or a magical wand. Use twine to tie fallen leaves to a create a journey stick.
No. 15 Go on a wintry adventure
It might be really cold but Croome is really beautiful when it’s frosty and you can see your breath. Wrap up in layers to keep you warm and keep dry in waterproof clothes. Look for paw prints in the snow. Make snowballs or a snowman. Church Hill is great spot for sledging.
No. 28 Climb a huge hill
Croome has several hills, one in front of the church, one down from the Rotunda, one by the Park Seat. See how quickly you can get up the hill.
No. 49 Watch the sunset
Watch the sun dip behind the Malvern hills from Church hill and watch the sky change colour. Notice the shadows cast across the park and notice the how the windows of the court glow as the sunlight hit them
General advice for parents
Children matter to the National Trust, so we recommend that all of our activities are supervised by an adult. We trust that you will make your own judgement about what is safe and suitable for the age and ability of your child.
For messy activities, activities with animals or natural water sources:
Make sure any cuts or wounds are covered with waterproof plasters to avoid infection
Discourage your child from putting anything in his or her mouth
Wash your child's hands thoroughly afterwards
If you're doing activities outside:
Make sure your child wears warm, weather resistant clothing during any activities involving water or snow
Make sure your child wears suitable footwear for any activities that may involve slippery or uneven surfaces
Check weather reports before any activity and avoid trees or natural water sources in wet or windy conditions
Supervise children at all times during these activities
You can also find the full list at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/50-things-to-do-before-youre-11-activity-list