50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 at Standen House and Garden

Grab some branches and tick off one of your 50 things by building a den

The Beales had wonderful family times together at Standen, and this autumn is a great opportunity for you to do the same as well as tick off a few of the National Trust's 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4. So spend a day at Standen to have a go at den building, bug hunting or catch a falling leaf and make a mud pie.

There are many interesting and engaging self-led activities to attempt at Standen – here are a few of our favourites:

No.2 roll down a really big hill

See how far you can get rolling down the lawn at the back of the house. Challenge a grown up to have a go too!

No.4 build a den

The Plantation has everything you need to make a creative den – leaves, twigs and big branches. See the crazy higgledy piggeldy fence and add a branch – can you find any bugs hiding away and tick off No.30 (hold a scary beast) and No.31 (hunt for bugs) at the same time?

No.12 make a trail with sticks

When you've made your den in the Plantation, why not make a trail to it so that other children can have fun in it too?

No.13 make a mud pie

If its been a damp day, you might like to make a mud pie in the woodland. You could warm up with an edible treat in the Barn Cafe afterwards!

No.16 make a daisy chain

Whilst you are enjoying a picnic on the lawn, see if you can make a daisy chain. Perhaps you could have a competition with your friends as to who can make the longest daisy chain?

No.24 go on a walk barefoot

The lawn is a great place for little explorers to try out barefoot walking whilst mum and dad take it easy. Maybe you could have a barefoot running race? Make sure you bring a towel or wipes to clean your feet before you put your socks back on!

No.25 make a grass trumpet

Pick a dry, thick piece of grass that’s quite long for the perfect trumpet – can you make a tune?

No.33 catch a falling leaf

When the leaves start to fall off the trees its a perfect time to have a go at No.33 - how many different coloured leaves can you find? When you get home you could try doing some wild art (No.18) and create leaf rubbings. 

No.44 go bird watching

As you walk around the garden and estate you’ll hear many different bird’s songs – can you spot the birds and match them to their sounds?

Don’t forget to pick up your 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ scrapbook, which has a space for a sticker each time you tick off an activity from the list.