Adam has always been at his happiest when running around outside. He loves nature and exploring. Most of this is because of his relationship with Nana, my Mum. Nana and Adam have been inseparable since birth and they have a wonderfully close relationship. They both love nothing more than bird watching, pond dipping or finding minibeasts together.
Sadly, children today spend 57% less time exploring outdoors compared to their parents and grandparents. This equates to just 1 hour 20 minutes a day versus 2 hours 40 minutes for parents and 3 ½ hours a day for grandparents.
The research was conducted by The National Trust who polled 1,000 grandparents and parents. It revealed that grandparents are the key ingredient in helping today’s generation develop a connection with nature. Over 76% of people said they were far more exploratory and daring in their youth compared to both their own children and grandchildren. Half of people polled confessed to have never even seen their grandchildren climb a tree.
The research looked at the importance of outdoor family play and how this builds a stronger appreciation and connection to nature. 92% of people polled said that they took great enjoyment from teaching their grandchildren about these adventurous activities, such as building a den or flying a kite. 95% of parents and grandparents agree that it is important for children to connect with nature so that they can build a relationship with the great outdoors and help future generations care for and protect it.
To celebrate the joyful experiences the natural world has to offer, the National Trust has created a wildlife documentary-style film, bringing to life the innate connection we all have with nature, with grandparents leading the way.
The research was conducted as part of the National Trust’s 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾ initiative. It aims to encourage families to get outdoors and enjoy spending time together. The National Trust is looking to inspire the next generation of children to kick-start a lifelong love affair with nature through the ‘50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾’ initiative.
National Trust Ranger Kate Jones states: “This summer, we want to inspire children, parents and grandparents to get outdoors and develop their relationship with nature together as a family. With so many fantastic ‘50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾’ events taking place at Trust locations across the country there’s no better time to go wild and explore the great outdoors taking inspiration from our challenges. We know that sharing these outdoor experiences with family and friends from a young age, helps to foster a stronger and more ingrained connection to nature, which we hope will be passed on for generations to come.”
50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾ is available as an app to download or as a notebook. We have both versions. The app is handy when you are out and about to give prompts of exciting adventures. However, we prefer the hardback notebook to complete and look back on our adventures.
Throughout the summer we are going to see how many activities we can complete within the 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 3/4. Obviously we won’t be achieving everything – after all Adam is only five years old but the book is suitable for all ages. You can follow our #50things adventures over on Instagram.
How many of the 50 activities has your little one completed?
* This is a collaborative post
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