51 things to do before you’re 12

There are some things that every kid should get to experience. How many of our 51 things have you done?

Why not print off the list, stick it on your fridge or bedroom door and challenge your friends to see who will be the first to complete them all!

  1. Climb a tree
  2. Sleep under the stars (even in your backyard)
  3. Fall off a bike
  4. Learn to swim
  5. Build a cubby or a tree house
  6. Find a geocache* in your neighbourhood
  7. Build a snowman
  8. Cook damper in a campfire
  9. Find a cicada by following the sound
  10. Catch a wave (start with a small one)
  11. Play chasy in the rain
  12. Catch a yabby in a river or dam (or at least have fun trying)
  13. Make a water slide with builders plastic and a hose (do it on your watering day)
  14. Find a cave
  15. Make something with things you find
  16. Play in a creek
  17. Do something you're scared of
  18. Watch kangaroos in the wild
  19. Slide down a grass hill on cardboard
  20. Yell "cooeee!" in a gorge or a valley
  21. Go camping with your family
  22. Build a sandcastle city
  23. Skim a stone
  24. Plant something and watch it grow
  25. Play spotlight
  26. Ride your bike on a bush trail
  27. Have a snow ball fight
  28. Go for a two-day hike
  29. Snorkel at the beach or on a reef
  30. Ride a flying fox
  31. Play under a sprinkler
  32. Climb a big rock
  33. Play in the bush for a whole day
  34. Visit a waterhole
  35. Meet kids in a park and invent a game
  36. Paddle a kayak
  37. Dig for worms in your backyard
  38. Invent a game that lasts 3 days
  39. Learn the Aboriginal names for five plants and five animals
  40. Visit a national park
  41. Catch a fish
  42. Play on a rope swing
  43. Eat bush tucker
  44. Make a kite and fly it
  45. Jump off a jetty (check that the water is deep enough first)
  46. Identify the birds in your backyard
  47. Go abseiling
  48. Catch a tadpole (and release it)
  49. Make a mud pie
  50. Find a lake, puddle, pond etc and use a magnifying glass to spot the living creatures in it
  51. Play beach cricket

Download a printable list of 51 things to do before you're 12.

*global GPS treasure hunt you can do with most phones

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