may be a dab
hand at video games, but how many can lay claim to being expert tree climbers or rope-swing acrobats
According to research commissioned
by the trust, fewer than 10 per cent of childrenregularly
play in 'wild places' and 10 per cent cannot ride a bicycle.
, on average
, children spend four-and-a-half hours a day sat in front of a TV or computer screen, according to recent research.
The National Trust today launches
a nationwide campaign
to encourage sofa-bound children to get outside, exploring and having adventures.
The trust is challenging
children to tick off
every item on its list, including kite-flying, watching the sun rise and getting behind a waterfall
While damming streams
and building dens
may be basic rights of passage for their parents' and grandparents' generation, the National Trust is offering a helping hand for today's youngsters who have yet to experience such character-building activities.
How many children have poked
or caught a fish in a net
? Have they faced the fear of picking up their first crab
their tongues purple from eating wild blackberries?
The charity's checklist
also includes simple pleasures such as running around in the rain and bug
hunting, setting up a snail
race, flying a kite and making a (delicious
) mud pie.
'We're hoping that the nation's children will embrace
the 50 things and start having their very own outdoor adventures
with their family, with our Free Weekend the perfect opportunity
to get outside in the fresh air.'
50 things to do before you're 12
1.Climb a tree
3.Camp out in the wild
4.Build a den
5.Skim a stone
6.Run a round in the rain
7.Fly a kite
8.Catch a fish with a ent
9.Eat an apple straight from a tree
11.Throw some snow
13.Make a mud pie
14.Dam a stream
someone in the sand
17.Set up a snail race
18.Balance on a fallen tree
19.Swing on a rope swing.
21.Eat blackberries growing in the wild.
22.Take a look inside a tree.
23.Visit a island.
24.Feel like you’re flying in the wind.
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.
37.Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool.
38.Ping 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.
44.Light a fire without matches.
45.find your way with a map and compass
49.Play geocache(A hi-tech form of hide and seek using a GPS receiver to locate hidden treasure).