‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ activity list

Two girls catch a crab on the Isle of Wight

Find out about all of the '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities with this handy list. From stargazing to crawling through mud looking for animal clues, we have something for every young explorer.

We have 50 ultimate activities for you to enjoy, so get out in the fresh air and build a den, make your world spin by rolling down a hill or watch stars glitter in the night sky. You'll be a seasoned adventurer by the time you've managed to try out all 50 activities. And it doesn't end there. You can enjoy doing our '50 things' again and again, in all seasons.

A family pond dipping at Cragside, Northumberland

Download the '50 things' activity guide 

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Discover wild animal clues

There are different things that you can look for when on the trail of an animal or bird. Keep an eye out for footprints, feathers, fur and poo and you might find something sooner than you think.


No. 1 get to know a tree

Some trees have spaces big enough to get inside. Others can be climbed. Many have vibrant summer flowers or colourful autumn leaves to catch. Get to know a tree and see what creatures they are home to - it's No. 1 on our list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’.


No. 2 Roll down a really big hill

Rolling down a really big hill is perhaps the best way ever invented to get to the bottom. It's also the most fun, so get out there, find a hill, and tick challenge no. 2 off your list.


No. 3 Camp outdoors

Whether your wilderness is your own back garden or a favourite field or hill, camping outdoors is really fun. It doesn’t matter if it’s warm and sunny or cold, or rainy. And it's no.3 on our list of ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’.


No. 4 Build a den

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.


No. 5 Skim a stone

Skimming stones across the surface of water looks incredibly cool, but there's definitely a knack to it. Here are tips to help you be the best stone skimmer.


No. 6 Go welly wandering

When it's pouring with rain, what could be better than chucking on your wellies and waterproofs and zooming around in the puddles, soaking up all the watery fun?


No. 7 Fly a kite

When there's a bit of wind in the air it's the perfect time to enjoy no. 7 from the '50 things' challenges. So, if you haven't flown a kite before, what are you waiting for?


No. 8 Spot a fish

Spotting fish is one of the best ways to spend time on the seaside, or when you're exploring water in the countryside. We've put together some ideas to make sure you can master no. 8 of our '50 things to do before you're 11¾' in no time.