A great way to get your kids outdoors
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As a draconian, evil mother who won’t let my kids have DSes (boo! hiss!), I’m all for getting children active in the fresh air, moving something more than their thumbs.
My friend Sally put me onto The National Trust’s 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ scheme, which launched last month but somehow passed me by. In case you missed it too, the projects offers kid-friendly on-line incentives like badges and secret prizes to children who manage to complete various fun outdoor ‘things’.
Some of the activities are beautifully silly, like setting up a snail race, making a mud pie or running in the rain; others are more physical, like damming a stream, building a den or flying a kite.
With National Trust research showing that fewer than one in ten children regularly play in wild places compared to only half a generation ago, that a third have never climbed a tree and one in ten can’t ride a bike, it’s a no-brainer! www.50things.org.uk