When I was 11 and three quarters, I was well adversed in climbing trees and outdoorsy type activities, and could often be found swinging upside down from one.
Which is why it’s such a shame that children nowadays just don’t seem to get the opportunity like we did and there is the need to bring out lists of 50 Things you Need to Do by the time you’re 11 and 3 quarters,” which is what the National Trust have brought out in the past couple of weeks.
I was lucky though, in the fact that I was brought up in a village and countryside surrounding (even though if you’d have asked me back then I’d have told you it was crap and boring and I’d rather watch paint dry than live there.)
By the age of 11 and 3 quarters I regularly:
- climbed trees
- built a den in the farmers fields
- went on cycle rides round the village and tractor fields
- made daisy chains
- and played conkers.
- I also used to regularly go blackberry picking , which is another thing on the list.
We had our own Enid Blyton Secret Seven type club that needed a password to get into the shed – if you didn’t know the password then you weren’t allowed in…..
We live in a big town now, and there’s not as much chance of doing this type of thing now. My two are lucky in the fact that all their relatives still live in the countryside and villages, so they’ve ticked off things on the list there.
Tree climbing? Yes, the 9 year old has done that on Grandma’s farm when he’s shimmied up to the top of one of the trees there.
Fishing? Not yet. Although with Grandad being a keen fisherman if I bribe them to stay quiet long enough (you have to be QUIET, when fishing something my two know nothing about ) then he might take them one day. Albeit separately as they’re little so and so’s together.)
Hill rolling? Yes, they’ve been to the top of a very large hill and rolled to the bottom to the tune of “3, 2, 1, GO!”
Now, what else can we tick off the list, and how many have your little one’s done?!
Let me know in the comments box…