50 things to do before you’re 11 & 3/4 is a great idea from the National Trust. The collection of 50 activities is designed to encourage kids to learn new skills, try new things and motivate them to get outdoors. With loads of events and challenges going on all year round you’ll never be short of something to do.
The social panic about kids spending too much time indoors has become pretty extreme lately; Professionals have even given it a name! NDD which translates to Nature Deficit Disorder.
Whilst I am not entirely sure I agree with kids staying indoors reaching, “name it” status, I do believe it makes you sit up and take notice.
Nature is good for kids minds
- It builds confidence
- Promotes creativity
- Teaches responsibility
- Provides different stimulation
- Gets them moving
- Reduces stress and fatigue
In his fantastic report, Natural Childhood, author Stephen Moss offers some compelling evidence that we’re all suffering as a result of separation from nature. The report states that a growing number of parents agree; A recent survey revealed that two out of three now believe their kids have less independence to roam than free-range chickens!
I think this is partly to do with our current over-protective style of parenting (which I am guilty of too). It’s a scary world out there.
Maybe it isn’t necessarily that more bad things are happening these days. Maybe it’s just that we hear more of the bad stuff due to social media, smartphones and T.V.
It’s all around us and we can’t escape it. However, I have no intentions of changing my habit of overprotecting my children! It just means I’ll have to get on it and get out there with them.
50 things to before you’re 11 & 3/4 list.
Here’s a link to the PDF format
I printed my two a copy each to fill in when we complete a challenge; they’re still young enough to enjoy ticking stuff off a list!
There’s also an I-phone and Android app available, which I’ve downloaded, and it’s well worth it. There’s secret finds, seasonal activities, National Trust event information and you can find the best place to complete a challenge locally.
I don’t think my two need to control the App just yet as they both already spend way too much time staring at a variety of screens.
Nature is good for the mind
Child mind.org says, “kids that spend more time outdoors are smarter, happier, more attentive and less anxious”.
It’s really still not known how cognitive functioning and mood improvement occurs, But you know yourself how much difference it can make just getting out of an urban environment. Nature stimulates the senses more than your average video game too. You can see, hear, smell and touch the outdoors!
Getting outdoors offers a great opportunity to get in some mindful walks as well, You could make these journey sticks as we did. Life is busy, but it’s important to make time for Nature too.
Download your PDF or get the app and get outdoors this weekend, It’ll do you the world of good!