Top ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities to do in your back garden
You can do so much in your back garden: look for shooting stars, make a wild crown, get to know colourful birds or watch furry caterpillars. You can even help the animals who come to visit by building them a new home. Here are our top ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ ideas for embracing nature in your own back garden.
- No. 3 Camp outdoors
- Have a wild adventure in your back garden when you pitch a tent and stay overnight. Set up camp on your doorstep so you can sleep under the stars, spot constellations or listen out for hooting owls.Sleep under the stars
- No. 16 Wear a wild crown
- Your imagination's the limit when you make a wild crown. Look for twigs, daisy chains, leaves, flowers, blossom, grass and other wild materials in your garden to create a masterpiece.Create a wild crown
- No. 25 Join nature's band
- A couple of stones and a tree stump can double up as a drum. A blade of grass becomes a whistle when you know what to do with it. Birds singing make a beautiful dawn chorus, and even footsteps can make great percussion noises when you dance around.Make music with nature
- No. 27 Go stargazing
- Bring science to life, experience the beauty of nature and create memories to last a lifetime with a spot of stargazing. The night sky is full of spectacular sights whatever the time of year. You'll need warm clothes and some patience, though – but if you camp outside, this is easy to achieve.Spot some constellations
- No. 31 Make friends with a bug
- 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 lots of legs? Remember to be gentle with any creepy-crawlies and put them back where you found them afterwards because they can be delicate.Discover creepy-crawlies
- No. 36 Make a home for wildlife
- All sorts of animals need homes in your neighbourhood. 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?Build wildlife a home
- No. 44 Watch a bird
- Find somewhere quiet to sit and watch the birds fly, sing, chat to each other and eat their food. Make sure you don't frighten them off because birds get startled pretty easily. See how many you can spot – maybe you could create a birdwatching diary.Read up on birdwatching tips
We've compiled a selection of items from the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ list that are perfect for rainy days, so grab your waterproofs and get involved.
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