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17 April 2012 @ 04:21 pm
50 things  
The National Trust has created a list of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾. Here's the list, with the ones I've done in bold:

1. Climb a tree
2. Roll down a really big hill
3. Camp out in the wild
4. Build a den
5. Skim a stone
6. Run around in the rain
7. Fly a kite
8. Catch a fish with a net
9. Eat an apple straight from a tree

10. Play conkers [I had to look this up, and I think I'm off the hook for this one due to regional variation in greenery]
11. Throw some snow
12. Hunt for treasure on the beach
13. Make a mud pie
14. Dam a stream

15. Go sledging [I had to look this up, and I might argue that inner tubing, which I have done, is a fair stand-in]
16. Bury someone in the sand
17. Set up a snail race
18. Balance on a fallen tree
19. Swing on a rope swing
20. Make a mud slide
21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild
22. Take a look inside a tree
23. Visit an island
24. Feel like you're flying in the wind

25. Make a grass trumpet [???]
26. Hunt for fossils and bones
27. Watch the sun wake up
28. Climb a huge hill
29. Get behind a waterfall [<3 <3 <3]
30. Feed a bird from your hand
31. Hunt for bugs

32. Find some frogspawn
33. Catch a butterfly in a net
34. Track wild animals [... not particularly well, mind you]
35. Discover what's in a pond

36. Call an owl
37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
38. Bring up a butterfly
39. Catch a crab
40. Go on a nature walk at night
41. Plant it, grow it, eat it
42. Go wild swimming
43. Go rafting

44. Light a fire without matches [I presume this includes lighter, torch, etc.]
45. Find your way with a map and compass
46. Try bouldering
47. Cook on a campfire
48. Try abseiling
49. Find a geocache
50. Canoe down a river
 
 
 
DancingWolfGrrldancingwolfgrrl on April 17th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
I bet a grass trumpet is that thing some people can do where they hold a blade of grass vertically between their hands and then somehow make it make noise! (Also, that is kind of a great list!)
ruthless compassion: smiling uparoraborealis on April 17th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
Ah! That makes sense. I have TRIED to do that, but never succeeded.
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Bad Rabbitzzbottom on April 17th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)

I am guessing a grass trumpet is that thing where you hold a blade of grass taut between your thumbs and blow through them. The grass becomes a reed and the vibration creates a sound that is vaguely trumpet-like.
m.entrope on April 17th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
I want to go do all of these things RIGHT NOW THIS VERY MINUTE.
metagnatmetagnat on April 17th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
I'll come with! I've done many before, but I think they're probably worth doing again!
(no subject) - heinleinfan on April 18th, 2012 01:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - yagagriswold on April 18th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
phoenixamber_phoenix on April 17th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
i'm surprised by your lack of tadpole and fire starting experience! (you're still way ahead of me, but i'm working on it.)
blk: treeblk on April 17th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
Getting sidetracked: 11 3/4 is such an odd age marker. I wonder why they chose that? :)

I have never camped outside not in a tent. I really should do that sometime!
Hawk Handsawhawkhandsaw on April 18th, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
I don't know if this is related or a coincidence, but the train for Hogwarts leaves from Platform 11 3/4.
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Stable Strangeletcuthalion on April 17th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
So, about that butterfly...

(Done!)
Delores: swandebsquared on April 18th, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
This is a hell of a lot nicer concept than a "bucket list."
Hawk Handsawhawkhandsaw on April 18th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
Agreed!

Also, I think this list takes on a new meaning for me with a daughter 10 and 1/4 years away from this deadline...
heinleinfanheinleinfan on April 18th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
I wanna be an elite ranger! I'd be...

...BEE GIRL!
Chancemiss_chance on April 18th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
huh. Having grown up an urban child, I had a very different list of amazing experiences before 11 ¾, but many of them wonderful just the same!

I'd rank pretty high among my top 50, spending an entire day from opening to closing with free reign in a large Museum of Fine Art. :)



Edited at 2012-04-18 03:13 am (UTC)
Plan for Pandemoniumroozle on April 18th, 2012 11:56 am (UTC)
I had a similar reaction. What's here for city kids was what I thought.
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Misanthropic extrovertdbang on April 20th, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
Dang. And here I got to this list 7 months too late to save my older children from whatever Dire Fate awaits those who don't fulfill the list.

(What does it mean if a kid has absolute zero interest in some or most of these activities? While it is technically not too late to save the littlest from the Dire Fate, I doubt he will be at all cooperative with my attempts to save him.)