Monday 11 November 2013

Tackling the 50 things to do before your 11 and 3/4 list

We love completing things from the 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 list. The scrapbook is often in my handbag and we've almost memorised the list so we are always on the look out for fun things to do. We will write up the scrap book and get our stickers and then come home and update the 50 things website. Without realising it Charlotte not only is having lots of fun outside exploring, she's also mastering her writing, typing, keyboard and mouse skills.

So what things has Charlotte managed to complete so far.

1. Climb a tree - finding that perfect tree can be tricky but once mastered she doesn't stop.
a great tree to climb at Harcourt Arboretum
2. Roll down a really big hill - I love how when ever we find a slope big or small you will find a gaggle of kids rolling down again and again.

a perfect slope at Greys Court
4. Build a den - we are yet to build the perfect den but we have started a few in different places, or cheated and added to others we have found along a walk
we spotted this den at Wittenham Clumps and "improved it"
9. Eat an apple straight from a tree - couldn't wait to do this one
We found a large orchard at Upton House
14. Dam a stream - we got caught in the rain and whilst sheltering under the trees spotted a perfect place to make a dam
our dam at BBOWT Lashford lane fen
16. Make a daisy chain - a perfect reason to sit and relax for a moment in a lovely field and make daisy chain crowns.
a princess at Basildon Park
19. Play pooh sticks - of course we had to go to "the" place to play this, Days Lock, Little Wittenham.
Days Lock
22. Explore inside a tree - Harcourt Arboretum has some wonderful old trees for this.
I'm going to disappear
23. Visit a farm - what better day to visit a farm than go to see the baby lambs.
Earth Trust lambing day
24. Go on a barefoot walk - we don't have grass in our back garden so this was actually really exciting for Charlotte. Such a simple thing that we hadn't actually thought about.
no stopping her at Chedworth Roman Villa
26. Hunt for fossils and bones - we didn't have to hunt for this we spotted it on a walk. Charlotte took it to school to show her friends.
found at BBOWT Lashford lane fen
28. Climb a huge hill - we are often going to the top of wittenham clumps to look at the views across Oxfordshire. The hill at Cliveden was one heck of a climb too, all worth it for the views.

top of Wittenham Clumps
41. Plant it, grow it, eat it - thanks to the fab lunch bag and seeds with Charlottes national trust lunch at Hughenden we got to grow some cress
growing cress
42. Go swimming in the sea - we cheated and went abroad for this one, to the lovely warm waters of Tenerife and even had fish swimming round our feet
getting deeper

 There are a few things I've missed out but a great start and given us some fab ideas to make our walks and days out more interesting.

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