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50 outdoor activities every child should experience - How many have your children tried?

I love this list of 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4.

Kids can sign up at and track their progress achieving each activity. I'm looking forward to helping Little Eco sign up and working our way through the activities she hasn't yet tried. 

Here's the list of 50 outdoor activities every child should experience:

Sharing a moment with a tree.

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

Jumping in puddles

6. Run around in the rain

7. Fly a kite

Fishing in the dam

8. Catch a fish with a net

Foraged roadside apples

9. Eat an apple straight from a tree

10. Play conkers

11. Go on a really long bike ride

12. Make a trail with sticks

13. Make a mud pie

14. Dam a stream

15. Play in the snow

16. Make a daisy chain

17. Set up a snail race

18. Create some wild art

19. Play Pooh sticks

20. Jump over waves

Foraging for blackberries

21. Pick blackberries growing in the wild

22. Explore inside a tree

23. Visit a farm

24. Go on a walk barefoot

25. Make a grass trumpet


26. Hunt for fossils and bones

27. Go star gazing

28. Climb a huge hill

29. Explore a cave

30. Hold a scary beast

31. Hunt for bugs

32. Find some frogspawn

33. Catch a falling leaf

34. Track wild animals

35. Discover what’s in a pond

36. Make a home for a wild animal

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 swimming in the sea

43. Build a raft

Bird watching

44. Go bird watching

45. Find your way with a map and compass

46. Try rock climbing

47. Cook on a campfire

48. Learn to ride a horse

49. Find a geocache

50. Canoe down a river

Any of these bring back fond childhood memories?

There's so many activities on that list that make me smile. Climbing a giant tree and cooking my first damper on a campfire are probably two of my favourite.

How are your children tracking? Little Eco has managed around 27/50 and I'm looking forward to helping her tick off the rest. 

The list was created by asking UK children to name their favourite outdoor activities, so there's a couple that may not be as relevant for Australian children - like conkers or pooh sticks. I'm looking forward to learning how to play those games. 

50 activities not enough? Caro and Co wrote a great list of the 100 things she believes children should experience before they depart childhood.  I especially love 'Fall out of a tree', and 'do nothing'. 

Inspired by this news story.