50 things activities in the woods

Get to know a tree, have fun with sticks and watch out for furry critters. The woods are a world of new adventures where you can enjoy lots of our '50 things to do before you're 11¾'. See what you can get up to if you head down to the woods today.

Children den building

No. 4 build a den

Collect some snapping branches and crunchy leaves and start building your hideaway in the heart of nature. Who knows which inquisitive animals may pop by for a visit.

Girl carrying a pile of sticks to make a den

No. 12 have fun with sticks

Gather some big sticks and crunchy leaves from the ground and lay a secret trail for your family to follow.

Make a mud pie

No. 13 make a mud creation

Put on your wellies and find a muddy spot. Stones, leaves, flowers and twigs are great for decorating.

Fallen leaves and flowers arranged into an image of a face

No. 18 create some wild art

Woods have pretty much everything you need to create your own piece of wild art. Use leaves, sticks, acorns, mud, grasses, conkers or feathers to bring some of the outside in.

Two young boys looking up, stood inside a tree

No. 1 get to know a tree

Trees with huge trunks sometime have huge holes, making them great for exploring. We even have hollow trees at a few of our places, perfect for adventurers. Watch out for insects and wildlife though - lots of things like to live in the holes of trees, so you might end up sharing.

A boy climing trees barefoot at Saltram

No. 24 go barefoot

Going barefoot gives your feet all sorts of sensations as you feel the different types of ground, from sand to earth and grass or moss. Close your eyes and see if you can work out what you're standing on - but don't keep them closed if you're walking.

A boy looking at bugs

No. 31 Make friends with a bug

Your garden is a great place to look for all sorts of bugs – try searching under rocks and stones, in the soil or the grass. Looking for bugs is fun, because some are so fast that you may need to chase them a little. Does your critter have fur, wings or many legs? Remember to put any creepy-crawlies back where you found them afterwards because they can be delicate and appreciate the home they’re already in: your back garden.

Pallets and pipes stacked up to create bug hotel

No. 36 Make a home for wildlife

All sorts of animals need homes, so why not try making a bug hotel, a house for a hedgehog, or even a motel for a mouse? Think about the creature you're making a home for – does it need to be warm, light, dry, dark, cold, or wet? Don’t despair if animals don’t move in straight away. Many will take time to get used to a new place, so check back each day or week to see if any new friends have moved in.

A girl plays with a conker in autumn at Stourhead, Wiltshire

No. 10 play conkers 

First of all you should find the right conker. Next thread it with string and thirdly, you need to find at least one opponent to pit yourself against. Then you’re all set to play no. 10 of our '50 things to do before you’re 11¾'.