In homes across the country, children rely on electronic gadgets to get them through the potential boredom of the long summer holidays. But the National Trust is urging kids to put down their gadgets and pick up a much more versatile tool – a stick.
The humble stick is one of the key implements in the charity’s new 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 and three quarters initiative, to encourage families to get out and enjoy nature over the summer and beyond.

Some of our favourite things to do before you’re 11 ¾ are:

• Roll down a really big hill
• Camp out in the wild
• Catch a fish with a net
• Set up a snail race
• Pick wild blackberries
• Go on a walk, barefoot
• Hunt for fossils and bones
• Explore a cave
• Track wild animals
• Bring up a butterfly
• Plant it, grow it, eat it
• Go swimming in the sea
• Build a raft
• Find your way with a map and compass
• Cook on a camp fire
• Find a geocache
• Canoe down a river

Visit the National Trust site here!

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