Top ten things to do outdoors for pre-teens

    It has been reported that one of the greatest regrets people have towards the end of life, is the things they didn’t do.

    We have chosen our top 10 outdoor activities from Nature Play Queensland’s '51 things to do before you’re 12’ list, and given you some handy pointers on how to help your children tick them off their bucket list:

    1. Learn the Aboriginal names for five plants and five animals.
      This is a particularly topical one, with this year’s NAIDOC Week theme being ‘Our Languages Matter’.
    2. Visit a national park.
      The Australian landscape is a sight to behold, and there are many interesting and exciting plants and animals to be seen in our National parks.

      A list of Queensland National Parks can be found at the Department of National Parks, Sports and Racing website.
    3. Play in a creek.
      We are also fortunate to have, as part of our landscape, many beautiful creeks to swim in. But if you’re going to take a dip in nature’s waterways, it is important to watch out for hidden dangers that aren’t present in backyard pools.
    4. Slide down a sand (or grass) hill on cardboard.
      Be prepared to get a face full of sand as you descend, but the thrill is well worth it. Some of the best known sand dune to slide down are those on Moreton Island.

      Here are some tips to get the most out of your sand tobogganing adventure.
    5. Climb a big rock.
      A great fitness activity that the whole family can enjoy together, there are plenty of big rocks to climb – for all ages and fitness levels – in and around Brisbane.
    6. Make a kite and fly it.
      Kite-making is a fun, creative activity that anyone can enjoy … and this time of the year in Brisbane – with the ‘ekka winds’ – is the perfect time to get outdoors and fly your marvellous creation.
    7. Find a geocache in your neighbourhood.
      A geo-what-now? It’s basically a high tech treasure hunt, and it’s free for children of all ages in a variety of locations.
    8. Identify the birds in your back yard.
      With over 828 species of Australian native birds, bird-watching is not just for the birds. It’s an educational activity that you can do literally in your backyard.

      If you’d like to venture a little further though, the Queensland Ornithological Society Inc. website tells you the best places to find local species.
    9. Ride your bike on a bush trail.
      Another fun, fit family activity is bike riding, and there are loads of great bush trails around Brisbane.

      Visit Brisbane has collected some great tips from local riders about the best spots to go.
    10. Plant something and watch it grow.
      As the song goes, from little things big things grow, and there is something incredibly satisfying about planting a seed or bulb and watching life form before your very eyes.

    These are just 10 of our favourites, but you can see the full list at Nature Play Queensland.


    Posted July 31, 2017 in Blog