50 things activities in your back garden

You don't need to stray far from home to spot shooting stars, colourful birds or furry caterpillars. Here are our top '50 things to do before you're 11¾' ideas for embracing nature in your own back garden, nearest park or outdoor green space.

Girls in a hammock at Footprint Cumbria

No. 3 camp outdoors

Your back garden might not seem that wild but it's a great place to pitch a tent and keep an eye out for animals. Fall asleep to the tune of bats and owls as they go about their night activities.

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.

A child wearing a leaf crown

No. 16 wear a wild crown

Your imagination is the limit when it comes to creating your wild crown. Twigs, daisy chains, leaves, flowers, blossom, grass and other wild materials can be woven and fixed together to create a masterpiece for you to feel proud of wearing.

Man and two children playing a grass trumpet

No. 25 join nature's band

A blade of grass makes an amazing noise when you know what to do with it. A couple of stones and a tree stump can double as a wild drum. You could even start your own band with your friends.

Family sitting in garden gazing up at the sky

No. 27 go stargazing

On a clear night you can make a wish on a shooting star, or spot a planet from your garden. The night sky is full of spectacular sights whatever time of year it is. You'll need warm clothes and some patience though.

Children on a bug-hunt at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

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. Does your critter have fur, wings or many legs? Remember to put any creepy-crawlies back where you found them afterwards.

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?

A family enjoy Wenlock Edge's bird hide

No. 44 watch a bird

Watch birds fly, sing, chat to each other and eat their food by finding somewhere quiet to sit, watch and wait. Just make sure you don't frighten them off, birds get spooked pretty easily.