50 things spring challenge at Ightham Mote

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, but these are our top ideas for ticking off this spring at Ightham Mote.

Little Ranger Pond dipping

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.

Smiling girl wearing a daisy chain crown

No. 16 wear a wild crown 

You can find all or most of the materials you'll need for your wild crown in your own back garden. Create a character and forage for materials found on the ground outside to construct their very own wild crown.

Create some wild art with natural materials in Knole Park, Kent.

No. 18 Create some wild art 

When it comes to creating wild art, the only limit is your imagination. What will you use, and how? There's so much to choose from in the natural world, but make sure you're not making your art from another creature's home.

girl and boy sitting on stone path on top of grassy Mam Tor hill in Derbyshire

No. 28 Climb a huge hill 

Climbing a huge hill might seem really tiring, but once you've reached the top think about how much fun you'll have coming back down.

Two young children looking through binoculars at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

No. 30 go on a scavenger hunt 

Gather your friends for a scavenger hunt in the wild. Just like animals, you’ll need to have your wits about you as you seek out nature’s treasures for survival.

A child holds a large leaf with a beetle sitting on it at Coleton Fishacre

No. 31 Make friends with a bug 

Ladybirds, spiders, caterpillars, woodlice – there are all kinds of mini-beasts hiding at the places we look after and you can try out No. 31 on our '50 things to do before you're 11¾' – making friends with a bug.

Hunting for clues

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.

Family bird watching at Inner Farne on the Farne Islands in Northumberland

No. 44 Watch a bird 

To be a successful bird watcher, you'll need to be as quiet as a mouse while you keep a look out for our feathered friends. What will you spot?

Father and son read a map on the rocks at Wembury Beach, Wembury, Devon

No. 45 Find your way with a map 

Finding your way with a map might seem really simple, but there's a bit to learn. Once you've mastered it, you'll never get lost again. Use our guide and tips to help you set out.

Children's comments about an egret written in pen in a lined notebook

No. 48 keep a nature diary 

Keep a record of your amazing adventures in nature, capturing your memories of the animals and plants you’ve seen.