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June 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Work

I have long been a fan of Participaction. The ads with Hal and Joanne have been running since I was a kid and I have long been trying to ‘get fit and have fun.’ I am very proud to have a daughter who loves various kinds of exercising and is building her strength while having lots of fun.

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Last week my husband sent me Participaction’s list of things Canadian kids should do before they turn 12. He was of the opinion that we’re doing pretty well with this list with our four-year-old, so let’s see:

4 things every Canadian child should do by the age of 12

  • Experience total weightlessness at the top of a swing
  • Skip stones across water
  • Play leap frog
  • Hang upside down from a tree limb – She hangs upside down from everything else
  • Jump into water cold enough that it almost takes your breath away
  • Throw rocks or snowballs at a post from a distance until they get a bulls eye
  • Ride a bike with no hands
  • Paddle a canoe
  • Piggyback someone – She’s been piggy backed
  • Roll down a big hill – And took me with her
  • Try a sport that requires a helmet
  • Collect something in a forest
  • Make up a dance routine
  • Slide down something on a piece of cardboard
  • Build a fort
  • Hike somewhere for a picnic – We went to Gatineau Park for a picnic but hiked afterwards
  • Bury someone in the sand – Do her own feet count?
  • Play outside in the rain
  • Jump in a pile of leaves
  • Make a snow angel
  • Fly a kite
  • Create an obstacle course
  • Swim in a lake or an ocean Two oceans and a lovely lake last summer
  • Make up a game involving a ball

Yeah, so that’s pretty good. And I have no doubts about most of these items being in her future, though we don’t have trees so we’ll have to find a pile of leaves somewhere. I’m kind of curious about the things that I’ve managed to do on this list.

  • Experience total weightlessness at the top of a swing
  • Skip stones across water
  • Play leap frog
  • Hang upside down from a tree limb
  • Jump into water cold enough that it almost takes your breath away
  • Throw rocks or snowballs at a post from a distance until they get a bulls eye
  • Ride a bike with no hands
  • Paddle a canoe
  • Piggyback someone
  • Roll down a big hill
  • Try a sport that requires a helmet
  • Collect something in a forest
  • Make up a dance routine
  • Slide down something on a piece of cardboard*
  • Build a fort
  • Hike somewhere for a picnic
  • Bury someone in the sand
  • Play outside in the rain
  • Jump in a pile of leaves
  • Make a snow angel
  • Fly a kite
  • Create an obstacle course
  • Swim in a lake or an ocean
  • Make up a game involving a ball

I’m assuming I have thrown snowballs or rocks at a target but I honestly don’t remember. And I tried a sport that required a helmet but that was when I was 29. Now I need a list of things to do before I hit middle age.

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