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#1 CherryAmes

Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:33 PM


This is a list that the British National Trust devised of outdoor activities all kids should experience:


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews...you-are-12.html

If you Australian-ise some of them (I've caught a yabby, not a fish, for example, and my exposure to snow has been minimal) then I've done most of them. My kids are too little as yet for most of them but there's some good ideas. Not sure what a grass trumpet is though.

I would add in (or replace odd ones with):

  • Make damper;
  • Learn some names of birds and flowers;
  • Eat honeysuckle;
  • Work out whether you like butter by holding a buttercup under your chin.


So what do you think of this list?






#2 unicorn

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:29 PM

What are clinkers? Are they marbles?
Had never heard of geo caching when I was a child, but growing up in the country I did most of those things, except eat an apple straight from a tree, we didn't have apples, but we did have bananas, does that count wink.gif

Yes damper was a staple here, we used to also make twisties, where you get a stick and twist a knob if damper dough around it and hold it over the fire until cooked, pull it off the stick and fill it with golden syrup.

For us a regular was also cow pat fights  huh.gif

Edited by unicorn, 29 January 2013 - 02:31 PM.


#3 CountryFeral

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:33 PM

QUOTE (unicorn @ 29/01/2013, 03:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What are clinkers? Are they marbles?


Conkers.

Conkers are a horse chestnut with a hole drilled through it threaded on a string.

You take turns thwacking your conker against the other person's conker.  It is a war of attrition.

It is also jolly good fun!

#4 steppy

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:34 PM

I like the list but I'd leave out stuff like canoeing down a river - lots of families just don't get to provide kids with that experience. Most of them are pretty good though - things that anyone could manage.

#5 Justaduck

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:35 PM

Rafting would be a tricky one here - not too many places to go & I think you have to be older than 12 to participate. Or maybe I am thinking of white water only.

Not sure what bouldering is, nor conkers, nor grass trumpet

Haven't really been to the snow - but have thrown sand at the beach if that counts Tounge1.gif
Don't think I have eaten an apple off a tree but have eaten enough other home grown fruit and veg

#6 CallMeFeral

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:39 PM

I think it's a bit smug tbh - probably aimed more at the parents than the kids. It's all a bit "in MY day kids did SUCH cool things...", without taking into account that unsupervised outdoor time is no longer considered as acceptable as it was, plus the realities of high density city living.
It's a bit out of touch, methinks - the way to get kids out and about is not to write them a list...

#7 Bunsen the feral

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:41 PM

Unicorn do you mean conkers (not clinkers)? They are horse chestnuts hung on a shoe lace that you take turns hitting each others conker trying to knock it off the lace.

I assume grass trumpets are when you split a blade of grass down the middle then blow through it to make a noise - we never called it that but I can't think what else it might be.

Definitely did most of these growing up in the UK, will be interesting to see what Aussie alternatives people come up with - would hate for my kids to miss out because their pommey parents are clueless!

#8 sir_mix-a-lot

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:51 PM

I think I had done almost all of those things before I was 12... But I grew up on a farm, so I had easy access to most of those. Does sledging count if you do it in mud while a border collie pulls you along?

Bouldering: rock-climbing without ropes (you don't go very high).

Grass trumpet: like playing a gum leaf.

#9 Domestic Goddess

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:53 PM

QUOTE (Bunsen @ 29/01/2013, 03:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I assume grass trumpets are when you split a blade of grass down the middle then blow through it to make a noise - we never called it that but I can't think what else it might be.


Yeah I think you might be right. I never really got the hang of it as I never was able to find a wide enough blade of grass lol.

#10 Banana Pancakes

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:54 PM

My ds is almost 12 and he has done most of those things, though hopefully he hasn't made a fire!


eta

QUOTE
I think it's a bit smug tbh - probably aimed more at the parents than the kids. It's all a bit "in MY day kids did SUCH cool things...", without taking into account that unsupervised outdoor time is no longer considered as acceptable as it was, plus the realities of high density city living.
It's a bit out of touch, methinks - the way to get kids out and about is not to write them a list.
..

Im about the least smug person on the planet  original.gif  He is just a really active, fearless kid!

Edited by Banana Pancakes, 29 January 2013 - 02:57 PM.


#11 Domestic Goddess

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:56 PM

For those who dont know what bouldering is, its rock climbing but indoors. You have the large walls with the fake rocks screwed onto them and you climb them with safety gear attached.

I have done that a few times, but not until I went to high school.

#12 SnazzyFeral

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:57 PM

QUOTE (broncosbabe @ 29/01/2013, 03:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Rafting would be a tricky one here - not too many places to go & I think you have to be older than 12 to participate. Or maybe I am thinking of white water only.

Not sure what bouldering is, nor conkers, nor grass trumpet

Haven't really been to the snow - but have thrown sand at the beach if that counts Tounge1.gif
Don't think I have eaten an apple off a tree but have eaten enough other home grown fruit and veg


Bouldering is rockclimbing without a rope. A grass trumpet is making a whistle like you do with a gumleaf.

I did all the things on the list bar the last one before I was 12 but we lived rural.

DS is 18 months so he has not done much but if you sub a lillipilli for an apple he has done number 9.  With my help we have climbed a tree, balanced on a fallen tree, gone bush walking, gone insect hunting, run in the rain and buried daddy in the sand. We live not far from sydney CBD in a flat. I am not smug, I just like being outside.

I would put find and eat bush tucker on the list.

#13 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:03 PM

I can guarantee my kids won't go camping, or anything related to! Neither of us are campers.... AT all.

#14 HerringToMarmalade

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:05 PM

Things like canoeing, bouldering, abseiling, are often done at school camp.

Rolling down a really big hill is the best one I remember. My mum works at parliament house so my sister and I could roll all the way down the hill over the building. And I still remember when we sat up there with picnics to watch fireworks with heaps of other families and the sprinklers turned on, there was no where to hide Tounge1.gif

#15 joeyn

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:08 PM

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  

  11. Throw some snow  

  

    12. Hunt for treasure on the beach  

  13. Make a mud pie  

  14. Dam a stream  

  15. Go sledging  

  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  

  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  

  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  

  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





My girls are 7 & 9 and the bolded ones they havn't done yet.  We are sort of rural on acreage.  They play in the orchard and have a raft on the dam :-)

#16 BadCat

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:10 PM

It's a pretty good list but I don't think the specific items on the list matter that much.  They're just suggestions to get your kids interacting with nature instead of pixels.

Edited by BadCat, 29 January 2013 - 03:11 PM.


#17 unicorn

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:11 PM

QUOTE (countrymel @ 29/01/2013, 03:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Conkers.

Conkers are a horse chestnut with a hole drilled through it threaded on a string.

You take turns thwacking your conker against the other person's conker.  It is a war of attrition.

It is also jolly good fun!

Lol thanks, I did type conkers, so I'm blaming auto correct. wink.gif

#18 tenacious2

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:14 PM

What a great thread, but why limit it to a particular age?! Makes you think about what experiences you are (or can be) providing your kids. Other ideas are...
Have a mud fight
Go star gazing on a clear night
Burry a time capsule
Have a poo stick race (make a floatable boat out of leaves/sticks & race it down a creek
Play tug o war with a group of friends
Swim nude when there's no one around (except mum/dad!)
Make a treehouse
Ice sliding on a hot day (ride a slab of ice with a handle down a grassy hill)
Eat fish & chips while you watch the sunset (well in WA that works)
Pat a dolphin
build a raft
Watch an animal give birth...

#19 CherryAmes

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:41 PM

Wow, some great ideas tenacious2! They did write "make a den", but yes, we spent so much time as kids making treehouses as well as cubbyhouses.

#20 amabanana

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:50 PM

My kids are 5 and 2 and they've done a good percentage of the things on that list - including conkers!  DH's parents are English and they showed DD2 last autumn.  I think we should be able to finish it in the next 6.5 years.   wink.gif

#21 CallMeFeral

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:31 PM

QUOTE (Banana Pancakes @ 29/01/2013, 03:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Im about the least smug person on the planet  original.gif  He is just a really active, fearless kid!


I'm not saying kids shouldn't do them! I just find the list smug. It's very specific to a certain lifestyle that is not all that common nowadays.

I love your additions, tenacious2!

#22 JRA

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:42 PM

QUOTE (CallMeProtart @ 29/01/2013, 02:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think it's a bit smug tbh - probably aimed more at the parents than the kids. It's all a bit "in MY day kids did SUCH cool things...", without taking into account that unsupervised outdoor time is no longer considered as acceptable as it was, plus the realities of high density city living.
It's a bit out of touch, methinks - the way to get kids out and about is not to write them a list...



I think it is a list to make adults think about what their children are doing. And it doesn't have to be unsupervised.

DS is 10, and a very "chicken" child, and we live in the city. But I would think by 12 he will have done the lions share of these, either with us, with friends or through school camps. (Maybe no conkers)

Edited by JRA, 29 January 2013 - 04:42 PM.


#23 JRA

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:49 PM

I do wonder what wild swimming is

#24 JRA

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

Oh, and that is wild?

#25 Ianthe

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:56 PM

My kids have done a lot of that list and I am not an outdoorsy person at all.




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