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Oz kids get permission to go barefoot, get wet and dirty to become smarter

Kids in Western Australia are being told to get barefoot, wet and dirty, all with the aim of making them smarter, wiser and more able to handle the challenges of the modern world

More than 40,000 "passports" are being distributed to West Australian primary school students with a list of the 15 things they must do before they turn 12, WA today reported.

It includes activities such as playing in a creek and sleeping under the stars, which may get their parents taking a happy trip down memory lane.

Griffin Longley, chief executive officer of Nature Play WA, which created the passports in conjunction with the Department of Sport and Recreation, said over-protective parents and the alluring world of technology are keeping majority of kids from getting essential benefits of getting close to nature.

Fifteen things to do before you''re 12  include: climb a tree, build a cubby house learn to swim, play in the bush, play in the rain, catch a tadpole, build a sand castle city etc.

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