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Age 12-14 Math Worksheets

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Interpreting linear functions in a form of y=mx+b and its graph 8th Grade Math Worksheets

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Performing Operations using Scientific Notation 8th Grade Math Worksheets

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Understanding Irrational Numbers 8th Grade Math Worksheets

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3-Figure Bearings (International Seafarer Day Themed) Math Worksheets

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12-14 years of age math learning objectives & standards:.

  • Mathematics lessons from age 12 to 14 focus on college level preparation. It is expected that in this pre-college age bracket, math discussions are more complex and more abstract. Learners have to deal with radical expressions that involve rational exponents unlike in the previous age brackets where radical expressions are concentrated only with integral exponents. They will also go deeper with rational and irrational numbers by exploring their properties. In addition, they are expected to learn the concepts of complex numbers : its definition, operations, and application of conjugates to solve complex number-related problems. Learners also apply the meaning of Fundamental Theorem of Algebra and polynomial identities to look for the solution of a particular quadratic expression/equation. 
  • In this age cluster, topics pertaining to Algebra mainly concentrate on polynomials , functions, equations, and inequalities . Here, learners are using their previous knowledge of algebraic expressions to find the sum, difference, product, and quotient of two or more polynomials. Theorems just like Remainder Theorem, Factor Theorem , Rational Root Theorem, and Binomial Theorem are being given more emphasis to solve for the roots of polynomials. Learners explore different mathematical strategies to solve for the zeros of quadratic equations — these include factoring, completing the square, and quadratic formula. They also expand their knowledge and understanding of equations and inequalities by simultaneously solving linear and quadratic equations/inequalities. 
  • In dealing with functions, learners are expected to learn how to evaluate and generate functions. In fact, the focal point of the discussions lie on the application of functions in real-life settings. The input-output relationship has to be defined using a functional model and to represent the values using graph and table. Exploration of different types of functions such as piecewise functions , absolute value functions, polynomial functions, rational functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, linear functions, and inverse functions are given more integral emphasis. 
  • Learners will now welcome the world of trigonometry by learning its basic concepts. Initially, they will get involved with another unit of angle measurement aside from the degree which is the radian measure. As a starter pack, age 12-14 learners will learn about unit circle , special triangles, right triangles, the six trigonometric ratios, and the different laws — Laws of Sines and Cosines. They will also prove and derive trigonometric identities and will use some trigonometric concepts to provide proof of triangle similarities and congruences. 
  • In Geometry, learners will concentrate not on triangles and quadrilaterals anymore but in circles. First, they need to orient themselves with the different definitions, corollaries, axioms, and theorems related to angles and segments of a circle. Also, arc length and area of the sector are given emphasis. On a more advanced level, learners will now begin their journey of conic sections — mainly about the equation of the circle and parabola . They will be asked to derive the center of the circle as well as the length of the radius given the standard form of the equation and vice versa. Moreover, they will strengthen their understanding of parallel and perpendicular lines , ratios of segments, and distance formula to prove some properties of a given geometric figure.
  • Last but definitely not the least, learners of this age bracket will crystallize their understanding of basic statistical concepts by applying it in the field of Inferential Statistics. These learned basic concepts such as dot plots , histogram , frequency table, measures of central tendency, variability, population and sample are to be applied to research writing. Learners are expected to conduct surveys, mini-research studies, etc to make use of these concepts in conducting hypothesis testing and significant difference. Last, learners will make use of their knowledge of permutation and combination to solve real-life problems. The concepts of probability will be further applied in dealing with independent events, conditional probability, and compound events.

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Homework for Your 12-Year-Old

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Now Is the Right Time!

As a parent or someone in a parenting role, you play an essential role in your 12-year-old child’s/teen’s success. There are intentional ways to grow a healthy parent-child relationship, and setting up a daily homework routine provides a perfect opportunity.

Children/Teens age 12 are in the process of adapting early school age learning habits to their more demanding workload. They are establishing critical learning habits, including how they approach homework assignments, that will extend throughout their school years. For most children/teens, homework is a nightly reality. And, research shows a parent or someone in a parenting role plays a key role. Children/Teens who have a parent or someone in a parenting role involved in supporting learning at home and engaged in their school community have more consistent attendance, better social skills, and higher grade point averages and test scores than those children/teens without such involvement. 1 Indeed, the best predictor of students’ academic achievement is parental involvement.

Yet, there are challenges. You may discover outdated and uncompleted assignments crumpled in your child’s/teen’s backpack. Your child/teen may procrastinate on a long-term project until it becomes a crisis the night before it’s due. Questioning their work may result in power struggles when they have other goals in mind.

While getting a regular homework routine going might be a challenge, it can be a positive experience and promote valuable skills for school and life success. The steps below include specific, practical strategies along with effective conversation starters to support a homework routine in cooperative ways without a daily struggle.

Why Homework?

Children/Teens ages 11-14 will require managing a larger and more complex workload and need new study skills. This will take a whole new level of planning and organization. Their homework assignments can become your daily challenges if you don’t create regular routines with input from your children/teens in advance, clarify roles and responsibilities, and establish a plan for success.

Today, in the short term, homework routines can create

  • greater cooperation and motivation;
  • greater opportunities for connection and enjoyment as you each implement your respective roles and feel set up for success;
  • trust in each other that you have the competence to complete your responsibilities with practice and care;
  • less frustration due to better organization, space, and resources; and
  • opportunities to learn about your child’s/teen’s school curriculum.

Tomorrow, in the long term, your child/teen

  • builds skills in collaboration and cooperative goal setting;
  • builds skills in responsible decision making, hard work, and persistence;
  • gains independence, life skills competence, and self-sufficiency; and
  • develops positive learning habits that contribute directly to school success.

Five Steps for Creating a Homework Routine

This five-step process helps your family establish a routine for homework. It also builds important skills in your child/teen. The same process can be used to address other parenting issues as well ( learn more about the process ).

These steps are done best when you and your child/teen are not tired or in a rush.

Intentional communication and a healthy parenting relationship support these steps.

Step 1. Get Your Child/Teen Thinking by Getting Their Input

You can get your child/teen thinking about establishing a homework routine by asking them open-ended questions. You’ll help prompt their thinking. You’ll also begin to better understand their thoughts, feelings, and challenges related to homework so that you can address them. In gaining input, your child/teen

  • has the opportunity to think through the routine and problem solve any challenges they may encounter ahead of time;
  • has a greater stake in anything they’ve designed themselves (and with that sense of ownership, comes a greater responsibility for implementing the routine);
  • will have more motivation to work together and cooperate because of their sense of ownership; and
  • will be working with you on making informed decisions (understanding the reasons behind those decisions) about a critical aspect of their learning — their homework.
  • “When is the best time for you to do homework?”
  • “What are things (like having a snack, taking breaks) that help you get your homework done?”
  • Prepare for difficulties. Ask “I know you’ve missed completing assignments in the past. What helps you stay on top of homework and what gets in your way?”
  • Experiment to figure out your plan. Since your child/teen has changed since their younger years along with the demands of their homework, it’s an ideal time to revisit the question of when your child/teen feels they’ll be at their best to tackle homework in the hours after school. They could have greater complexities than ever before with extracurriculars encroaching on free time, so there may not be a whole lot of opportunity for choice in the timing. But, if there is, try out different times to see what works best with their energy. Everyone has different energy cycles and times when they feel better able to focus, so work on discovering that rhythm with your child/teen, and you’ll go a long way toward setting them up for success!
  • Take note of the time when your child/teen has said is their best time to do homework. Set a timer to go off at that time. Instead of you calling, “Time for homework!” which may incite a battle, an inanimate, dispassionate object is alerting them. You can use a kitchen timer outside or inside or collaboratively set an alarm on their cell phone or iPad.
  • If your child/teen has decided to do homework right after school, be certain to provide a healthy high protein snack first (peanut butter crackers, cheese sticks, and apples). The social stress and expectations of school may be draining and could wear on a child’s/teen’s motivation to continue to work hard through the evening. Be sure they have the fuel necessary (through proper nutrition and a good night’s rest) to get through their work.
  • If you cannot offer a choice in the time of day homework is completed, then find another choice your child/teen can make. For example, you could allow them to decide what space they use or what snack they will have to accompany homework completion. Adding some level of choice to the process will prevent power struggles and help your child/teen take ownership.
  • a well-lit location (or get a task lamp to light up a preferred spot);
  • close proximity to your family’s living space or kitchen (wherever you’ll typically be so that you are never far to offer support);
  • a hard work surface that can get dirty (they may need to make a mess; pick a durable surface).
  • School supplies including loose leaf paper, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, a dictionary, and any other items you anticipate they might need.
  • No clutter. In fact, a disorganized environment can distract from their focus. So eliminate clutter, organize tools, and only have the essentials at hand. Invest in a few supply holders to keep tools neat and ready.
  • A binder or bin or other receptacle designated for school papers that are brought home and stay at home.
  • The goal of a homework space is to provide a well-equipped, consistent place for your child/teen to fully focus on the work at hand. In this way, they’ll know what they can expect. You won’t have to struggle over frustrations when they can’t find a school tool. And, they’ll learn to take greater responsibility for their learning as they work with you to organize this space.
  • Make it fun! Designing a homework spot together can be an enjoyable experience. Allow your child/teen to pick out their own organization bins and school tools. Perhaps they could make a sign with their name on it to designate the space. Or, create a poster with an inspirational saying like, “Good things come from hard work!” Take a little time to label your new supply holders not only with names but also with stickers or drawings to allow your child/teen to personalize them. All this can be motivating.
  • When offering choices in designing a homework space that works best for your child/teen, they may prefer to set up their work space in their bedroom because of their developmental desire for greater independence and privacy. If they do this, be sure you make a point of stopping in a few times – not to check up on them or play “Gotcha!” — but to offer your support. Also, be sure you establish clear boundaries and distinctions between screen time for homework and entertainment/socializing screen time.
  • Create a family homework rule. Be sure to discuss (at a family dinner, for example) how the family can respect homework time. Consider if you want all siblings to do homework at the same time or not. If you want everyone to do homework at the same time, consider what would need to be in place to make that happen. Either way, agree upon a homework rule that each will respect the person who is focused on their work and will be quiet in that area of the house.

Step 2. Teach New Skills by Interactive Modeling

As a parent or someone in a parenting role, it’s easy to forget that your child/teen is learning brand new study skills including project management, organization, and planning. Though they may be assigned work they are capable of doing, they may not be prepared to manage the larger workload. Because so much is new, expectations are greater, and they feel like they should already know it all, they can become overwhelmed and frustrated. Learning about what developmental milestones your child/teen is working on can help you know which tasks might be more difficult. Here are some examples as they relate to homework. 2

  • Eleven-year-olds have lots of physical energy to expend, so they may need some time after school to move. They tend to desire staying up late, which can intrude on school goals, so set clear limits on screen times before bed and establish bedtimes based on reasonable sleep requirements. Eleven-year-olds require 9 to 11 hours of sleep depending upon the individual. 3
  • Twelve-year-olds are undergoing a significant growth spurt so they’ll also require nutritious food and their required night’s sleep. They thrive with leadership opportunities, so when you see those chances or can reframe assignments in terms of leadership, that’s ideal. Twelve-year-olds are gaining more sophisticated ideas about themselves, others, and the world, and will be eager to share those ideas with parents, so your listening ear is important.
  • Thirteen-year-olds can become particularly sensitive to real or perceived criticism from you or from classmates. They can become moody. They are seeking their independence and are ready for more freedom. Look for ways to offer independence and freedom paired with the new responsibilities that accompany those chances.
  • Fourteen-year-olds may feel and act like they “know it all,” but they still look to you to set clear boundaries and to offer guidance. They may distance themselves requiring greater independence. Your job as parents is to realize this and not take it personally. Be there to listen with an open mind when they are ready to talk. They may be highly resistant to what they might view as lectures from adults. They may be more willing to admit when they have made a mistake, however, which can be a great asset at homework time. They are eager to investigate the larger world, so assignments can be highly engaging if related to that interest.

Teaching is different than just telling. Teaching builds basic skills, grows problem-solving abilities, and sets your child/teen up for success. Teaching also involves modeling and practicing the positive behaviors you want to see, promoting skills, and preventing problems.

As a parent or someone in a parenting role, it is easy to be confused about how best to support your child’s/teen’s homework. Here are some specific ways you can define your role while ensuring your child/teen has full ownership over their learning process.

  • “What is your guess about the answer?”
  • “Is there another place you could find the answer?”
  • “Is there another way to think about your answer?”
  • Share your curiosity and interest in the subject but do not provide an answer.
  • Focus on keywords so that they too can learn to spot key words.
  • Attempt to read and review together. Because text is denser and more complex, children/teens may feel overwhelmed with information and struggle to focus on the most important points.
  • Ask your child/teen which points are most important when you are talking about a problem.
  • Have them underline or highlight those words in the instructions or in the specific question they are trying to answer so that you have a focusing point.
  • Research together. If you cannot find the source of the problem in your child’s/teen’s books, then do some online research together. But, be certain that you allow your child/teen to drive the process. You might ask, “What should we look up or search for together?” These are the first seeds of strong research skills.
  • Teach the essential “brain break.” Breaks do not represent weakness or a lack of persistence. In fact, human brains work better if they are given frequent breaks. Their young minds need processing time particularly as they are faced with taking in so much new information. In addition, the pressure of academic expectations can build. Their feelings may spill over at homework time when they are safe at home with you (and not needing to keep it together as much as at school).
  • You might ask, “What else makes you feel better and comforted when you are frustrated?” Brainstorm a brief list of spaces, places, things, and actions that offer comfort when frustrated. Leave that list in your school tool homework space. It will serve as an ongoing resource when brain breaks are required.
  • It’s a common challenge of homework time – particularly for middle school age students – to want to avoid failure and to fear making mistakes. In reality, because homework is practice, it is intended as a time to try out an answer, get it wrong, and try again. Hang up a sign near your homework spot to remind your child/teen, “Mistakes are part of learning.”
  • You do not need to be subject matter experts EVER! If you find that you are struggling to get the right answer for yourself, take a step back. Realize that you are stealing a learning opportunity away from your child/teen. Ask yourself how you can provide the guidance and support for them to answer the question or solve the problem themselves (even if they get it wrong).

Though you may make comments you feel are empathizing with your child’s/teen’s predicament, be careful! Criticizing the work assigned, the teacher who assigned it, or the school’s policies will become demotivating for your child/teen. After all, why should they work hard if you don’t agree with what’s been assigned?

Step 3. Practice to Grow Skills and Develop Habits

Homework practice can take the form of cooperatively completing the task together or trying out a task with you as a coach and ready support. Practice grows vital new brain connections that strengthen (and eventually form habits) each time your child/teen practices.

  • Use “I’d love to challenge you…” statements. When a child/teen learns a new ability, they are eager to show it off! Give them that chance. Say, “I’d love to pose a challenge to see if you can focus on math homework for the next seven minutes. Let’s set a timer.” This can be used when you are in the after school routine and need that alert to move on to homework.
  • Do a “brain break” dry run. In the midst of homework one night, maybe at a natural breaking point, practice a “brain break.” Practice moving away from homework. Get a drink of water. Walk outside and sniff the fresh air. Then, go back and ask, “Do you feel refreshed and ready or do you need a little more time?” If they say they need more time, then ask what would make them feel better? Perhaps getting a snack or taking a walk might do the trick? This practice is super important if you plan to use it as a tool when your child/teen is really upset.
  • Recognize effort. Frequently, children/teens get feedback on what they are not doing right, but how often do you recognize when they are working on getting better? Recognize effort by saying “I notice…” statements like, “I notice how you got to work this afternoon when the timer sounded without me asking – that’s taking responsibility!”
  • Proactively remind. Often the challenges in a homework routine seem to recur day after day and may be predictable. You might know exactly what they are and when they are going to happen. So just before they do, remind in a gentle, non-public way. You may whisper in your child’s/teen’s ear, “Remember what we can do next to figure out the problem? What is it?”

Resist the temptation to nag. Children/Teens may require more time to work on an assignment than you feel is necessary. But, they need the time they need. Be sure to wait long enough for them to show you they are competent. Your waiting could make all the difference in whether they are able to do what you need them to do.

Step 4. Support Your Child’s/Teen’s Development and Success

At this point, you’ve taught your child/teen several new positive learning habits so that they understand how to perform them. You’ve practiced together. Now, you can offer support when it’s needed. Parents naturally offer support as they see their child/teen fumble with a situation in which they need help. This is no different.

  • Promote a learning attitude. Show confidence that your child/teen can learn anything with time and practice (because they truly can!). Your comments and reflections will matter greatly in how competent they feel to meet any learning challenge.
  • Ask key questions when your child/teen struggles. You could say, “It looks like you feel stuck. Is there another way you could approach the problem? How are you feeling about homework tonight?”
  • Coach on communications. You might notice your child/teen struggling and getting stuck even with your support. You might then say, “Seems like you are having trouble figuring this problem out and cannot find the answer in your resources. Are there resources we haven’t thought about? This would be a good time to ask your teacher about this problem. How might you ask for help?”
  • Stay engaged. It can be motivating for a child/teen when a parent does their own paperwork alongside them keeping them company. Working together, after all, is much more enjoyable than working alone.
  • Allow for and reflect on real world consequences. If you see a mistake on your child’s/teen’s worksheet, don’t correct it. You’ll be taking away a valuable learning opportunity. You could leave it alone altogether or ask once, “Do you feel like this is right or are you struggling with it?” If your child/teen confirms it’s the answer they want to give, then allow them the experience of their teacher correcting it. It’s an important learning opportunity. It may open a door to extra support from their teacher.
  • Apply logical consequences when needed. Logical consequences should come soon after the negative behavior and need to be provided in a way that maintains a healthy relationship. Rather than punishment, a consequence is about supporting the learning process . First, get your own feelings in check. Not only is this good modeling, when your feelings are in check you are able to provide logical consequences that fit the behavior. Second, invite your child/teen into a discussion about the expectations established in Step 2. Third, if you feel that your child/teen is not holding up their end of the bargain (unless it is a matter of them not knowing how), then apply a logical consequence as a teachable moment.

If you groan that it’s homework time, surely they will groan as well. Become aware of your own reactions to homework. Be sure that the tone and attitude you bring to homework is one of digging in, being curious, and learning.

A research study noted whether mothers’ comments during homework completion were controlling or supporting autonomy and competence. 4 The researchers concluded that those children/teens who brought worries about their ability to perform had a heightened sensitivity to their mothers’ comments. Moms who supported their autonomy – “I know you can do it!” – and demonstrated that they believed in their child’s/teen’s ability to do the work showed increased achievement over time. However, those mothers who were more controlling in their comments – “I need to check your work. That’s not right” – fostered less engagement and lower achievement in their children/teens.

Step 5. Recognize Effort and Quality to Foster Motivation

No matter how old your child/teen is, your praise and encouragement are their sweetest reward.

If your child/teen is working to grow their skills – even in small ways – it will be worth your while to recognize it. Your recognition can go a long way to promoting positive behaviors and helping your child/teen manage their feelings. Your recognition also promotes safe, secure, and nurturing relationships — a foundation for strong communication and a healthy relationship with you as they grow.

You can recognize your child’s/teen’s efforts with praise, high fives, and hugs. Praise is most effective when you name the specific behavior of which you want to see more. For example, “You took a brain break and came back and worked through that challenging problem — that was a great idea!”

Avoid bribes. A bribe is a promise for a behavior, while praise is special attention after the behavior. While bribes may work in the short term, praise grows lasting motivation for good behavior and effort. For example, instead of saying, “If you work on your homework right after school, I will let you choose the game we play after dinner” (which is a bribe), try recognizing the behavior after. “You worked hard to complete your homework. Love seeing that!”

  • Recognize and call out when it is going well. It may seem obvious, but it’s easy not to notice when all is moving along smoothly. When your child/teen is buzzing through their homework tasks and on time, a short, specific call out is all that’s needed. “I notice you not only completed your homework but turned it in as well. Yes! Excellent.”
  • Recognize small steps along the way. Don’t wait for the big accomplishments – like the entire homework routine to go smoothly – in order to recognize. Remember that your recognition can work as a tool to promote more positive behaviors. Find small ways your child/teen is making an effort and let them know you see them.
  • Build celebrations into your routine. For example, “We’ll get our business taken care of first with our homework, and then we’ll take a bike ride.” Include high fives, fist bumps, and hugs as ways to appreciate one another.

Engaging in these five steps is an investment that builds your skills as an effective parent to use on many other issues and builds important skills that will last a lifetime for your child/teen. Throughout this tool, there are opportunities for children/teens to become more self-aware, to deepen their social awareness, to exercise their self-management skills, to work on their relationship skills, and to demonstrate and practice responsible decision making .

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Adolescence begins at the age of twelve for some, and this period signals a significant change in a child’s behavior and overall personality. You’ll observe a distinct personality, specialized hobbies, and improved cognitive ability. Encouraging them to try different activities for 12-year-olds (tweens) can assist them in meeting their developmental needs . It is also important that you give attention to your child at this age. While it is good to take them camping and fishing, there are several other ways to engage them. This post covers some fascinating and fun activities for tweens to help them with their physical, mental, and socio-emotional development.

Activities for 12-year-old Children

Here are some enjoyable and entertaining activities that your 12-year-old child can indulge in with friends and family.

1. Make a comic book

Creative writing requires imagination. Involving your pre-teen in creative-writing activities can hone their cognitive abilities and promote out-of-the-box thinking. Choosing a theme, writing dialogues, and preparing visuals can encourage them to plan, organize, and present ideas. This productive, self-expressing activity can also boost their self-esteem and confidence . Alternatively, your child can try to draw a comic book containing only characters and no words — a fun and challenging way to fire their imagination.

2. Do a DIY project

DIY projects are based on the concept of “learning by doing,” a perfect way to indulge your tween in self-learning activities. The theme for a DIY project can vary, and it is best to decide on a task that is both engaging and challenging. Building a city using recyclables or preparing an effective plan to minimize plastic waste are some fun and learning DIY projects that can help boost your child’s critical thinking and logical reasoning skills .

3. Learn to code

Gamified coding and computer programming is a fun-filled and creative activity that can provide 12-year-olds an exciting learning experience. Coding can be useful in strengthening their problem-solving, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration skills. Besides, it can teach them perseverance. Coding could also progress to robotics.

4. Learn a new language

Learning a new language can help improve your tween’s cognitive and decision-making skills. Besides, it can hone your child’s communication skills that are relevant for personal development. Depending on their interest and preferences, they can learn one or more than one language. You could enroll them in a language class or download a language-learning app.

5. Play a board game

Playing board games , such as Brainstorm or Scrabble, is a joyful, engaging, and learning experience. But, how about preparing one from scratch? Making a board game requires creative skills. Gaming is a great way for your child to come up with a random idea to develop a new board game or work on an existing game by introducing/removing some elements of the game. In either case, your child would be able to experiment, which can help develop their cognitive skills. Moreover, it can boost brain function and build their self-esteem and self-confidence.

6. Solve puzzles

Solving puzzles , like a 1,000-piece puzzle or Rubik’s cube, is challenging, engaging, and entertaining. It can help enhance brain function, boost concentration, improve visuospatial reasoning, and develop problem-solving abilities . Besides, it reduces stress, enhances mood, and improves relationships by allowing effective collaboration. Board games and puzzles are great mental activities.

7. Play card games

Playing strategy card games , like sequence, can teach sportsmanship and patience and improve your 12-year-old’s logical reasoning skills. This way, it is similar to sports. Also, making strategies and playing with a positive spirit can improve their social and communication skills and help build positive relationships.

8. Take part in a STEM scavenger hunt

A STEM scavenger hunt is an age-appropriate indoor activity available in a worksheet format. In these activities, short-answer questions and answer keys are given. These questions are aimed at teaching the basic concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to your child. There are some other forms of STEM scavenger hunts as well. Choose one for your tween based on the desired complexity.

9. Plan a Google Maps adventure

In this exciting activity that promotes outdoor exploration, you have to select and share the screenshots of exciting spots on Google Street View with your child. Next, ask them to guess where that street is and identify some places near that street. There are several apps, like GeoGuessr and Pursued, that you could download for this activity.

10. Outline a novel

If your 12-year-old reads novels, this delightful activity can boost their creative thinking abilities. Assign a theme to your child and instruct them to outline a novel. The outline should include the main characters, the novel’s setting, and the antagonist. They could work on a mystery, thriller, science fiction, or fantasy. Give a week to your child and let them experiment. Discuss the outline with them and guide them to do better. Remember, the child has to come up with an outline and not write a novel.

11. Create a photo collage

It is a joyful craft activity for 12-year-olds with a liking for photography. It involves clicking pictures of a favorite place, item, person, or anything that the child likes and presenting them in a collage. It can stir their imagination, and help them think analytically and express themselves.

12. Brainstorm an idea

Brainstorming an idea with family and peers can help improve your child’s critical thinking and logical reasoning skills and encourage them to be open to different perspectives. To initiate the activity, involve your child in some serious brainstorming sessions and encourage them to come up with ideas on minimizing the family’s monthly expense, plan a low-budget weekend get-together, and revamp the house without professional help. Discuss the ideas that your 12-year-old presents, and give them constructive feedback.

13. Solve an anagram

An anagram is a word or phrase formed by rearranging the letters of different words or phrases. For example, FRIED, when rearranged, makes words, like “FIRED.” It may seem simple, but an age-appropriate anagram provides relatively complex words and phrases to solve. Several board games and online activities can train your tween in solving an anagram. Anagramming can help children develop concentration, build vocabulary , and hone problem-solving skills.

14. Prepare a chain reaction

Preparing a chain reaction with dominoes is an entertaining activity involving a science experiment. You could get some self-explanatory domino-effect kits that are suitable for your tween to try the activity independently. Discuss every step in detail. Once acquainted with the concept of the domino effect, challenge the tween to prepare a similar chain reaction with other household materials like popsicle sticks, matchsticks, and paper cups.

15. Learn to play an instrument

Playing an instrument is a joyful activity that trains your brain and improves long-term memory. Also, it increases concentration, improves multitasking ability, and boosts creativity. More importantly, it relieves stress and makes a child feel happy by letting the emotions flow. Bongo, piano, and harmonica are some easy-to-learn instruments that you can suggest to your 12-year-old.

16. Practice woodworking

It is a creative activity in which your 12-year-old can learn to create something useful from waste wood lying in your backyard or lawn. Creating an item from wood involves using nails, hammer, screwdrivers, etc. It can help develop fine and gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination. You could ask your kid to build a bird feeder, a hutch for your pet, or a toolbox for your garage.

17. Organize a charity event

Guide your child in organizing a charity event, such as a fundraiser from scratch. Discuss with them the steps involved, like finalizing a charity theme, preparing promotion material, like pamphlets, and inviting people. Taking part in a charity event can help them develop a sense of responsibility, empathy, and compassion. Participating in such activities can also help improve their communication skills and cognitive abilities.

18. Make a tie-dye apparel

Resist-dyeing is a technique that can be used to create uncountable patterns through sheer creativity. The basic principle of the process is to tie the areas that you want to dye with a thread and color them. By tying the cloth, different patterns are produced.

Use a beginner’s tie and dye kit that comes with clear instructions on how to tie and dye with all the necessary materials. Involving your tween in this fun and exciting activity can help improve their creative thinking skills .

19. Prepare a healthy meal

You could introduce various fireless cooking recipes to your 12-year-old. Let them try as many recipes as they wish by guiding them on proper safety measures. Teach them to select healthy ingredients to enhance the nutritional value of the food. You could also teach them to cook dinner for the family or prepare pastry, ice cream, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and shakes.

20. Run an obstacle course

This fun-filled outdoor activity can be a useful addition to your young teen’s exercise routine. Taking part in multi-step activities, like obstacle courses, can help improve their sequencing and problem-solving skills and boost strength and balance. You can buy obstacle course kits online or make one with your child, which can be another fun activity! You can include skating in the mix too. If you dont want to take them outdoors, you can make a obstacle course right in your living room with Lego blocks.

21. Play laser maze

Laser maze is a logic-based game suitable for a 12-year-old. The game involves the use of mirrors and beam-splitters to direct the laser through mind-boggling mazes to light up the target. Buy a laser maze game and get involved with your child to develop their reasoning and planning skills and provide a good learning experience.

22. Sing karaoke

Use a microphone and create a perfect atmosphere to motivate your child to participate in this fun activity with family and friends. Singing karaoke enhances cognitive abilities, like memory, concentration, and listening. Encourage them to dance while singing to promote physical activity, boost mood, relieve stress, and encourage self-expression.

23. Learn calligraphy or hand lettering

While calligraphy is the art of beautiful handwriting, hand lettering is the art of illustrating the letters by working around prefabricated and designed letters. Motivate your tween to learn one or both techniques to utilize their time and skills effectively. These inexpensive art forms can keep a tween engaged and entertained, boost mood, and relieve pressure and stress.

24. Watch a movie

Watch movies together or introduce your tween to different movie genres. You could also teach them about media and its impact on children and adolescents. It provides an opportunity to discuss their likes, dislikes, and preferences. Guide your tween to differentiate between reality and fantasy, and spend quality time building a positive relation. You can create a theater room to make each movie a memorable experience.

25. Research on pets

Rearing a pet is a learning experience for everyone. If you are planning to have one, then let your tween do the research. Guide them to know the best pets to rear , their suitable habitats, food habits, etc., and prepare a five-minute PowerPoint presentation to share their research with the family. This activity can help a child connect with the surroundings and develop communication skills.

27. Learn to draw and paint

Drawing and painting can be used as a form of art therapy activity to reduce stress and improve sleep. Introducing your pre-teen to this art can help utilize their imagination, develop existing talents and can help them develop mindfulness and tranquility, which in turn augments concentration and creativity.

28. Spikeball

Spikeball is a fun game that also serves as a great physical activity for your children as it involves walking, catching, throwing, and hitting the ball inside the net. Spikeball offers numerous benefits for kids, such as enhancing their teamwork and communication skills. The portability of the net allows for enjoyment anywhere, making it a convenient and enjoyable activity.

29. Duct tape crafts

Duct tape crafts offer a creative outlet for children. These colorful crafts appeal to children of all ages, making it an excellent activity for your children. Duct tape crafts come in various shapes, colors, and sizes, from wallets and bags to flowers and jewelry. You can unleash your child’s creativity by layering different tape colors or cutting unique shapes and patterns to craft custom designs.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is 12 years old still a kid?

A 12-year-old is in their tween years when they leave childhood and enter adolescence. They can be called pre-teens or tweens and are too old to be viewed as kids and not old enough to be considered teenagers.

2. What hobbies can a 12-year-old do?

If your 12-year-old is outdoorsy, they can pursue outdoor recreation activities like cycling or biking, kayaking, hiking, running, rock climbing, swimming, or skiing. If they love to spend time indoors, you can introduce them to gardening, drawing, crafting, reading, journaling, watching and reviewing movies, or painting.

3. How much screen time is appropriate for a 12-year-old during activities?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends a total daily screen time of two hours or less for children between 8 to 18 years old ( 4 ).

4. How can I encourage my 12-year-old to participate in new activities?

Expose them to diverse options such as sports, arts and crafts, music, dance, coding, cooking, or outdoor adventures. Take the time to listen to your child’s interests and preferences. Respect their choices and avoid pressuring them into activities they don’t find appealing. Lastly, reassure them that growth and learning come from stepping outside their comfort zone.

5. How can I balance structured activities with unstructured free time for my 12-year-old?

Create a daily or weekly routine with structured activities and unstructured free time. Recognize the value of unstructured free time for your child’s creativity, imagination, and independent thinking. Lastly, regularly reassess and adjust the balance between structured activities and unstructured free time based on your child’s evolving interests, needs, and overall well-being.

Choosing a bunch of fun and exciting activities for 12-year-olds can work well in developing their skills. They can enhance their cognitive abilities and improve their physical and mental development at a much faster pace. Encouraging them to participate in such activities will also allow them to figure out their personal preferences and utilize their skills to bring out the best in them. It eventually boosts their self-esteem and promotes social interaction, which is essential for kids on the verge of entering their teenage years.

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  • Encourage self-learning and critical thinking by engaging them in DIY projects.
  • Enhance their communication skills by enrolling them in a language class.
  • Teach them patience and sportsmanship by involving them in card games.

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This is a time of many physical, mental, emotional, and social changes. Hormones change as puberty begins. Most boys grow facial and pubic hair and their voices deepen. Most girls grow pubic hair and breasts, and start their period. They might be worried about these changes and how they are looked at by others. This also will be a time when your teen might face peer pressure to use alcohol, tobacco products, and drugs, and to have sex. Other challenges can be eating disorders, depression, and family problems. At this age, teens make more of their own choices about friends, sports, studying, and school. They become more independent, with their own personality and interests, although parents are still very important.

Here is some information on how young teens develop.

Emotional/social changes

Children in this age group might

  • Show more concern about body image, looks, and clothes.
  • Focus on themselves; going back and forth between high expectations and lack of confidence.
  • Experience more moodiness.
  • Show more interest in and influence by peer group.
  • Express less affection toward parents; sometimes might seem rude or short-tempered.
  • Feel stress from more challenging school work.
  • Develop eating problems.
  • Feel a lot of sadness or depression, which can lead to poor grades at school, alcohol or drug use, unsafe sex, and other problems.

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  • Have more ability for complex thought.
  • Be better able to express feelings through talking.
  • Develop a stronger sense of right and wrong.

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Following are some things you, as a parent, can do to help your child during this time:

  • Be honest and direct with your teen when talking about sensitive subjects such as drugs, drinking, smoking, and sex.
  • Meet and get to know your teen's friends.
  • Show an interest in your teen's school life.
  • Help your teen make healthy choices while encouraging them to make their own decisions.
  • Respect your teen's opinions and take into account their thoughts and feelings. It is important that they know you are listening to them.
  • When there is a conflict, be clear about goals and expectations (like getting good grades, keeping things clean, and showing respect), but allow your teen input on how to reach those goals (like when and how to study or clean).

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You play an important role in keeping your child safe―no matter how old they are. Here are a few tips to help protect your child:

  • Make sure your teen knows about the importance of wearing seatbelts. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 12- to 14-year-olds.
  • Encourage your teen to wear a helmet when riding a bike or a skateboard or using inline skates; riding on a motorcycle, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle; or playing contact sports. Injuries from sports and other activities are common.
  • Talk with your teen about the dangers of drugs, drinking, smoking, and risky sexual activity. Ask them what they know and think about these issues, and share your thoughts and feelings with them. Listen to what they say and answer their questions honestly and directly.
  • Talk with your teen about the importance of having friends who are interested in positive activities. Encourage them to avoid peers who pressure them to make unhealthy choices.
  • Know where your teen is and whether an adult is present. Make plans with them for when they will call you, where you can find them, and what time you expect them home.
  • Set clear rules for your teen when they are home alone. Talk about such issues as having friends at the house, handling situations that can be dangerous (emergencies, fire, drugs, sex, etc.), and completing homework or household tasks.

Healthy bodies

  • Encourage your teen to be physically active. They might join a team sport or take up an individual sport. Helping with household tasks such as mowing the lawn, walking the dog, or washing the car also will keep your teen active.
  • Meal time is very important for families. Eating together helps teens make better choices about the foods they eat, promotes healthy weight, and gives your family members time to talk with each other.
  • Keep television sets out of your teen's bedroom. Set limits for screen time, including cell phones, computers, video games, and other devices, and develop a family media plan.
  • Make sure your child gets the recommended amount of sleep each night: For teenagers 13–18 years of age, 8–10 hours per 24 hours (including naps).

For more information

CDC's Adolescent and School Mental Health can help you learn how connection is key to good adolescent mental health.

CDC's Parent Information (Teens 12–19) has information to help you learn how to guide your teen to be safe and become a healthy and productive adult.

CDC's Healthy Weight Information has tips and ideas for parents to help children maintain a healthy weight.

CDC's Youth Physical Activity Guidelines has information on how to help children be active and play.

CDC's BAM! Body and Mind is a website designed for kids 9 through 13 years of age to give them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The site focuses on topics that kids told us are important to them—such as stress and physical fitness—using kid-friendly lingo, games, quizzes, and other interactive features.

CDC's Information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth Health has information about the physical and mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Guide has many fact sheets for parents on child and adolescent health and development.

My Plate by The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides information on health and nutrition for children over 5 years of age.

AAP's Healthy Children website provides information on feeding, nutrition, and fitness for all developmental stages from infancy to young adulthood. Visit this website to learn more about emotional problems , learning disabilities and other health and development concerns.

Just in Time Parenting's site provides quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has information on safety recalls and safety tips for children riding in motor vehicles, walking, biking, playing outside, waiting at school bus stops, and more.

National Institute of Mental Health has information on mental disorders affecting children and adolescents, including anxiety and depression.

StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on how children, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) works to improve the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, alcohol and drug addiction treatment, and mental health services.

Teens Health site for information on healthy eating for children and teenagers, safety tips for your child when you can't be there, and other important health and safety topics.

Child Development

The early years of a child’s life are very important for their health and development. Parents, health professionals, educators, and others can work together as partners to help children grow up to reach their full potential.

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Free Homeschooling Resources in UK [For 11-16 year Olds]

If you have taken the decision to homeschool your child, you might be worrying about how much it will cost. While there are loads of great paid resources out there, there are also plenty of excellent free homeschooling resources too. Below are a range of options for UK children roughly 11-16 years old which equates to school years 7-11 ( Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 which is GCSE level).

The post is split into two sections, first are resources that are completely free and second are resources where there is a mix of free and paid content. Each of those sections is then separated into Key Stage 3 and GCSE level.

If you’re looking for free resources for younger children have a look at this post on homeschooling free resources for 5-11 year olds .

A note on language:  In my posts, I refer to “homeschooling”. In the UK, the correct term for educating your child at home is “home Educating”, with homeschooling referring to a child doing work at home that has been set by school. I use the the term homeschooling in my posts because many people who are new to home educating will use the term homeschooling when searching online and I want to make sure they can find the information.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9) Free Homeschooling Resources

The resources in this section are available completely free with no limits on use.

BBC Bitesize at KS3

BBC Bitesize for Key Stage 3 offers a great range of free resources. Bitesize was originally designed for schooled children so the topics reflect that, covering all of the non practical subjects that would be studied at school in years 7-9.

They include:

  • Science (as well as sections for the separate sciences, biology, chemistry and physics)
  • Computer Science
  • Religious Studies

They also include some content specific to Wales for Citizenship and Humanities.

The content is a mixture of written information to read, graphics to look at, short videos and quizzes to check understanding. A few topics also have games.

BBC Bitesize will suit learners who are happy to do a fair amount of reading as part of their learning.

BBC Teach at KS3

The difference between BBC Bitesize and BBC Teach is that while Bitesize is designed for learners to use at home, BBC teach is designed for teachers to use in the classroom. This means that the written content is less easy to read and layout is less child friendly.

Where BBC Teach does excel is video. There are a large range of video clips for lots of different subjects so while you probably wouldn’t be able to leave your child to work through BBC Teach on their own, it can be great source of resources if you as a parent have time to find them.

BBC Teach also covers some topics Bitesize doesn’t, here is a list of the subjects covered at KS3:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • German Spanish
  • Design and Technology
  • Art and Design

Oak National Academy for KS3

Oak National Academy was set up by the Government during the pandemic to provide a way for children to learn at home. Some of the content has now been moved to a different website called Continuity Oak so if you click on a section in Oak National Academy and it is empty, try checking Continuity Oak.

For most subjects, Oak provides a video lesson of a teacher explaining the subject and setting work as they go along. Some also have worksheets and quizzes. Videos are usually short, 15-30 minutes, but many ask learners to pause to complete activities so they will likely take closer to an hour to complete.

At Key Stage 3 the following subjects are offered on Oak National Academy:

  • Citizenship

On Continuity Oak you will find:

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is an American website that has a huge range of learning resources for lots of different subjects. The only difficulty is that being an American site, it doesn’t match up with the UK National Curriculum.

If you have chosen not to follow the National Curriculum (not having to being one of the benefits of homeschooling ) and are just looking for good learning resources, Khan Academy is a great option. If you are following the National Curriculum, you can still use Khan Academy, it will just take a bit more work to find the things you need.

When judging the level of work on Khan Academy, it is useful to know that in terms of age, Grade 1 equates to the England’s Year 2, Grade 2 equates to England’s Year 3 and so on. This means that for Key Stage 3, you’re looking at grades 6 – 8.

Khan Academy mostly covers Maths, English and Science with a some Humanities and Economics content.

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GCSE Level (Year 10 and Year 11) Free Homeschooling Resources

If you are studying for GCSEs (Key Stage 4), here are some completely free resources you can use.

If you want to know how GCSEs work for home educators, have a look at this post on How Homeschoolers take GCSEs .

BBC Bitesize at GCSE

Bitesize for GCSEs covers a range of exam boards however, if your child is taking IGCSEs (which many homeschoolers do to avoid practical elements and coursework, one of the disadvantages of homeschooling ) they may not have the exact syllabus you need.

For many subjects there is a degree of crossover so you may still find relevant resources, you’ll just need to check your syllabus first and see if Bitesize offers anything relevant. The exam boards vary for each subject so you’ll need to visit the page, click on the subject you are interested in and then you’ll see a list of exam boards.

At GCSE level, Bitesize covers the following subjects:

  • Combined Science
  • Music and PE

There are also some subjects specific to Wales and Ireland.

BBC Teach for GCSE Level Work

Unlike Bitesize, BBC Teach doesn’t provide resources specific to a particular exam board so it is a case of looking to see if it has anything on the topic you want to cover. As at Key Stage 3, there are some great video clips and while it is still quite wordy, its more likely a learner at Key Stage 4 would be able to read through the information provided alone.

The following subjects are covered:

  • Media Studies

Oak National Academy for GCSE Work

As noted in the Key Stage 3 section, some of the resources from Oak National Academy have been moved to Continuity Oak . There are also some resources that are no longer available, the main subject that is impacted by this at GCSE level is modern foreign languages where much of the content has been removed.

The format for KS4 work on Oak National Academy is the same as that for KS3, with video lessons along with quizzes and some worksheets.

The following subjects at GCSE can be found on Oak National Academy:

  • French (parts missing)
  • Spanish (parts missing
  • German (parts missing)
  • Religious Education

These subjects are available on Continuity Oak:

As a US website, Khan Academy doesn’t have content specifically tailored to GCSE but you may still be able to find some relevant content for Maths and Science which it covers up to High School Level. Bear in mind that in the US, High School covers up to age 18.

If you feel your child needs more support than free resources can offer, have a look at this list of online GCSE course providers .

Key Stage 3 Homeschooling Resources with Free Elements

The resources below are useful for years 7, 8 and 9 (roughly ages 11-14) and while you have to pay for full access, they all offer some access for free.

Free EdPlace Resources for 11-14 Year Olds

EdPlace is essentially a revision site so while it won’t teach your learner any new material, it can be a great way of testing current knowledge and practicing skills.

EdPlace is aligned to the National Curriculum so useful if your intention is to follow it. It covers Maths, English and Science.

With a free account your child can do up to 5 activities a month. While this isn’t a great deal it can add variety to your schedule, which is how we have used it. What is really useful is, as a parent, you can preview as many activities as you want to help you decide which 5 activities will most benefit your child.

Free IXL Resources for Years 7, 8 and 9

Like EdPlace, IXL is a revision site and aligned to the National Curriculum. For free use you are limited to 10 questions a day and then it will cut you off. You don’t need an account to do the 10 free questions, you just find the work you want to do and get on with it.

The downsides are that you can’t preview work to help you decide what your child should do and because you don’t have an account if you’re using it for free, you can keep track of what has been done. Like EdPlace, it’s useful if you want to mix things up a bit.

Free Seneca Resources for Key Stage 3

Seneca has a mix of free and premium resources available. The majority of the free resources for Key Stage 3 relate to English with a few on Maths, Sciences and Humanities. There are a lot more on those subjects if you pay for premium.

You can set up a free account for yourself as a parent and one for you child and then link them. You can then keep track of completed work. Seneca is a good option for English as it offers more at KS3 than Edplace or IXL.

Finding Free Twinkl Resources for 11-14 year Olds

While many of the resources on Twinkl require you to have a subscription, there are still a good number that you can access without paying, you just need to sign up for a free account.

The easiest way to find relevant resources is to click on the 11-16 option at the top of the homepage and then select the subject that you want at KS3. You can then use of the filter on the lefthand menu to limit it to free resources.

The other option is to put “Free Resources” into the search box and then filter the results by age. This isn’t foolproof however and will still bring up some results that need a subscription, usually because they have the word “free” in the resource name or description.

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While Twinkl has lots of great resource, the main problem I have encountered as a home educator is that, because they are originally designed for teachers, answers aren’t included. While this wasn’t a problem in the younger years, it has proved to be one at secondary school age.

Twinkl also has a new section called “Beyond” dedicated to secondary school resources but they only offer a sample pack for those with the free account.

It is also worth noting that the Beyond sample pack is pretty much the only Twinkl free resource available for GCSE level.

GCSE Homeschooling Resources with Free Elements

These resources all offer some free GCSE level content.

Free EdPlace for GCSEs

EdPlace is designed to be a revision tool so is great for practicing GCSE work. At GCSE EdPlace offers English Literature, English Language, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Like Bitesize, each subject is separated by exam board so if you are doing IGCSEs you may need to dig around a bit to find the topics you need.

The free account can give you a way to track what’s being done and you could also give your child access to your parent account to allow them to explore resources before deciding what would be best for them to practice.

Free IXL GCSE Resources

IXL covers GCSE level English and Maths and has a large number of topics within each. They are not linked to specific exam boards which may actually make it easier to find the topic you are after.

You’re still limited to 10 questions a day but it could add some variety to revision.

Seneca Free Resources for GCSEs

As with the years 7, 8 and 9 work, a lot of Seneca’s content at GCSE level is focussed on English however there is more on other subjects at GCSE than KS3. There is a fair amount of Science and Maths as well as some other subjects.

Much of what is there is tailored to a specific exam board and you can filter by subject and exam board to find what you need.

If you’re wondering about the price of taking GCSEs, have a look at this post on the homeschooling GCSE cost .

Know Any Other Resources?

Hopefully that has given you some ideas for free homeschooling resources you can use. If you know of others, please do share them in the comments and I will add them to the post.

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Hello. Im thinking of taking my child out of school education. She struggles so much socially and the environment isnt a happy one for her. She currently has an EHCP, which im pretty sure doesnt have an effect if out of a school environment. She is currently in year 10. She struggles with subjects as processing information is hard for her but she’s definitely improved over the high school years. I think home schooling may help her as there are no distractions of other children being mean or disruptive behaviour in class which will help her concentrate. If we go ahead with this she would need only do the basics. English language, maths and science. I feel that would be enough for her to study. She enjoys reading so thats not a problem and she can work on her own pretty independently. Im interested in the free classes but interested to know the cost of what it would be as an ongoing cost. College isnt for heidi so can she continue the subjects for years 12 and 13 too? Many thanks Helen Ecott

Hi Helen, it does sound like home education might be a better for her.

This post gives some information on the costs of home educating: https://homeedlife.co.uk/how-much-does-it-cost-to-homeschool-in-the-uk/

You can certainly carry on home education after 16 in any way that suits her, this post explains post 16 options: https://homeedlife.co.uk/post-16-options-for-home-educators/

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34 Jobs For 12 Year Olds (Green Thumbs Grow)

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Are you 12 years old and eager to earn your own money?

Excited about the idea of starting your working journey?

Then, prepare for a splendid surprise!

Today, we’re exploring a range of jobs perfectly suited for 12-year-olds.

From babysitting to running a lemonade stand. Each one, is an ideal match for youngsters eager to gain some work experience.

Imagine having your own pocket money. Earning it by yourself!

Sounds like an adventure, right?

So, settle into your favorite hangout spot.

And get ready to discover your dream job!

Average Pay: $10 – $20 per hour

Babysitters are responsible for providing care and supervision for children while their parents or guardians are away.

This role is perfect for 12-year-olds who enjoy spending time with kids and are looking to earn some extra money.

Job Duties:

  • Supervising Playtime : Engage with children in various activities, including games, crafts, and outdoor play, ensuring their safety and enjoyment.
  • Providing Meals and Snacks : Prepare or serve simple meals and snacks to the children, adhering to any dietary restrictions or parental guidelines.
  • Assisting with Homework : Help school-age children with their homework or educational activities, providing guidance and support when needed.
  • Bedtime Routines : Assist with bedtime routines, such as brushing teeth, changing into pajamas, and reading bedtime stories.
  • Ensuring Safety : Always prioritize the children’s safety, be aware of potential hazards, and know how to respond in case of an emergency.
  • Light Housekeeping : Perform light housekeeping duties related to child care, such as cleaning up play areas and washing dishes after meals.


  • Responsibility : Must be mature and responsible enough to care for younger children and make smart decisions.
  • Communication Skills : Good verbal communication to interact with children and provide clear instructions or assistance.
  • Patience and Creativity : Ability to remain patient with children and come up with engaging and fun activities.
  • Basic Childcare Skills : Knowledge of basic childcare tasks, including feeding, entertaining, and ensuring children’s safety.
  • First Aid : Basic understanding of first aid and emergency response is beneficial.

Career Path and Growth :

Babysitting is often one of the first jobs for young individuals, providing them with valuable life skills such as responsibility, time management, and caregiving.

As they gain experience, babysitters can take on more clients, handle more responsibilities, and even consider certifications in childcare that can help them in future career paths, such as teaching or pediatric care.

Average Salary: Variable (often dependent on the number of pets and time spent) per year

Pet Sitters provide care for pets while their owners are away, ensuring that the animals’ daily routines are maintained.

This role is perfect for 12-year-olds who are responsible, love animals, and want to earn some money by taking care of pets.

  • Feeding and Watering : Provide pets with the correct amount of food and fresh water at designated times.
  • Exercise and Playtime : Engage pets in appropriate exercise and play to keep them active and entertained.
  • Cleaning Up : Clean any pet messes, including litter boxes, cages, or yard waste.
  • Medication Administration : If needed, administer medications to pets as instructed by the owner.
  • Providing Companionship : Spend time with pets to prevent them from feeling lonely or anxious.
  • Observing Behavior : Watch for any signs of distress or illness in pets and report concerns to the owner.
  • Love for Animals : A genuine affection for pets of all kinds is essential.
  • Responsibility : Demonstrating a responsible attitude towards taking care of someone else’s pet.
  • Reliability : Commitment to show up on time and perform all duties as agreed upon with the pet owner.
  • Basic Pet Care Knowledge : Understanding the basic needs of different types of pets.
  • Communication Skills : Ability to communicate with pet owners about the pet’s needs and any issues that may arise.

Starting as a Pet Sitter can be the first step for young animal lovers interested in careers in veterinary care, animal training, or pet grooming.

With experience and a reputation for reliability, Pet Sitters can expand their client base, charge higher rates, or even start their own pet-sitting business.

As they grow older, they may pursue certifications in animal care or explore other animal-related professions.

Lawn Mowing Assistant

Average Salary: $10 – $15 per hour per year

Lawn Mowing Assistants help maintain and beautify lawns in residential neighborhoods, public parks, or commercial properties.

This role is ideal for 12-year-olds who enjoy outdoor activities and have an interest in gardening or landscaping.

  • Mowing Lawns : Assist with operating lawn mowers or push mowers to cut grass to the desired height.
  • Trimming Edges : Use manual or powered edgers to trim the edges of lawns, creating a neat and tidy appearance.
  • Cleaning Up : Rake leaves, collect grass clippings, and ensure that the work area is clean after mowing is complete.
  • Learning Lawn Care Basics : Gain knowledge about different types of grass, lawn care techniques, and the maintenance of mowing equipment.
  • Assisting with Equipment Maintenance : Help with routine cleaning and maintenance of lawn mowers and other tools to ensure they are in good working condition.
  • Customer Service : Interact politely with clients, take instructions, and ensure that their lawn care needs are met satisfactorily.
  • No formal educational background is required, but a willingness to learn and follow instructions is essential.
  • Physical Fitness : Ability to perform physical tasks and work outdoors for extended periods.
  • Responsibility : Demonstrated reliability and the ability to handle equipment safely and responsibly.
  • Communication Skills : Good verbal communication skills to understand and carry out instructions effectively.
  • Attentiveness : Being attentive to details to ensure the job is done thoroughly and safely.

As a Lawn Mowing Assistant, there’s the opportunity to learn valuable skills in lawn care and maintenance, which can be useful for future employment.

With experience and as they grow older, young workers can take on more responsibilities, manage larger projects, or even start their own lawn care businesses.

Average Salary: Variable (often paid by the hour or per walk) per year

Dog Walkers provide exercise and companionship for dogs while their owners are away or busy.

This job is perfect for young animal lovers, especially those who enjoy being outdoors and active.

This role is ideal for 12-year-olds who love dogs and enjoy spending time outside.

  • Walking Dogs : Take dogs for regular walks to ensure they get adequate exercise and mental stimulation.
  • Ensuring Safety : Keep dogs safe during walks by following local regulations, using leashes, and monitoring their behavior.
  • Feeding and Hydration : Provide dogs with food and water as instructed by the owners, particularly on longer walks or outings.
  • Playing and Interaction : Engage with dogs during walks, offering playtime and companionship to keep them happy and entertained.
  • Reporting to Owners : Communicate with dog owners about their pet’s behavior, any issues encountered during the walk, and general well-being.
  • Basic Pet Care : May include additional tasks such as pet sitting, administering medication, or grooming, depending on the needs of the client.
  • Love for Animals : A genuine affection for dogs and a desire to work with them is essential.
  • Physical Fitness : Good physical condition to handle walking and playing with dogs of various sizes and strengths.
  • Responsibility : Demonstrated responsibility and trustworthiness, as dog walkers are often entrusted with keys to homes and the care of pets.
  • Knowledge of Dog Behavior : Basic understanding of dog behavior and signs of distress or illness can be beneficial.
  • Communication Skills : Ability to effectively communicate with dog owners and handle dogs in a calm and positive manner.

This role offers the chance to build a reputation as a reliable and caring dog walker, which can lead to more clients and opportunities.

With experience and as they grow older, young dog walkers can expand their services to include pet sitting, grooming, or even starting their own dog walking business.

They might also pursue further education in animal care or veterinary services.

Tutor for Younger Kids

Average Salary: $10 – $25 per hour per year

Tutors for younger kids provide personalized educational support and guidance to children in elementary school.

This role is ideal for responsible 12-year-olds who enjoy working with younger children and have a talent for explaining concepts in an easy-to-understand manner.

  • Assisting with Homework : Help children understand and complete their homework assignments, ensuring they grasp the concepts being taught.
  • Explaining Fundamental Concepts : Break down reading, writing, math, and other basic subjects into simple steps for young learners.
  • Creating Study Materials : Develop engaging learning aids such as flashcards, educational games, or worksheets to support the child’s learning process.
  • Encouraging Academic Curiosity : Foster a love for learning by making study sessions fun and interactive, encouraging questions and exploration.
  • Tracking Progress : Monitor the child’s progress and provide feedback to parents on areas of improvement or success.
  • Adapting to Learning Styles : Adjust teaching methods to match the individual learning styles and needs of each child.
  • Educational Background : A strong understanding of elementary-level subjects. Being a good student yourself is crucial.
  • Communication Skills : Ability to explain concepts clearly and patiently to younger children.
  • Enthusiasm for Teaching : A genuine interest in helping others learn and succeed in their educational pursuits.
  • Patience : Capacity to remain calm and patient when children struggle with material or become distracted.
  • Reliability : Dependable and punctual, showing up for tutoring sessions on time and prepared.

As a tutor for younger kids, you have the opportunity to make a significant impact on a child’s educational journey.

With experience, young tutors can take on more students, possibly charge higher rates, or even expand their services to cover more subjects or advanced levels.

This early experience can also pave the way for future roles in education or child care for those who find a passion in teaching and mentoring.

Lemonade Stand Owner

Average Income: Variable (often based on sales, location, and hours of operation)

Lemonade Stand Owners manage and operate their own small beverage business, often a lemonade stand.

This is a classic entrepreneurial venture for enterprising young individuals.

This role is perfect for 12-year-olds looking to get a taste of running a business and learning valuable skills in the process.

  • Preparing Lemonade : Mix fresh ingredients to make delicious lemonade recipes that will attract customers.
  • Money Management : Handle cash transactions and keep track of sales and expenses.
  • Customer Service : Greet customers with a smile and provide friendly service to encourage repeat business.
  • Marketing : Create signs and promotions to attract passersby to your lemonade stand.
  • Health and Safety : Ensure the stand is clean and that the lemonade is prepared in a hygienic manner.
  • Learning Business Basics : Gain an understanding of basic business principles, such as supply and demand, pricing strategies, and customer satisfaction.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit : A willingness to start and run your own small business.
  • Customer Service Skills : The ability to interact positively with customers of all ages.
  • Basic Math Skills : Comfortable handling money and making change for customers.
  • Responsibility : Capable of managing the day-to-day operations of a lemonade stand.
  • Creativity : Coming up with innovative ideas to make your lemonade stand stand out.

Owning a lemonade stand teaches fundamental business and social skills at a young age.

This early exposure to entrepreneurship can spark a lifelong interest in business.

With time, young lemonade stand owners can expand their operations, try new business ideas, or save earnings for future endeavors.

The experience lays a strong foundation for future roles in business, retail, or hospitality.

Gardener Assistant

Hourly Wage: $8 – $15

Gardener Assistants help maintain and cultivate gardens, working under the supervision of experienced gardeners or landscape professionals.

This role is perfect for 12-year-olds who enjoy being outdoors and have an interest in plants and nature.

  • Assisting with Plant Care : Help with watering, weeding, planting, and pruning to ensure the garden stays healthy and attractive.
  • Preparing Garden Beds : Assist in preparing soil, laying mulch, and creating new planting areas.
  • Tool Maintenance : Clean and store gardening tools after use to keep them in good condition.
  • Helping with Harvest : Aid in the harvesting of vegetables, fruits, and flowers when needed.
  • Educational Opportunities : Learn from experienced gardeners about plant species, gardening techniques, and the importance of biodiversity.
  • Supporting Eco-Friendly Practices : Learn about and help implement sustainable gardening practices.
  • Physical Fitness : Ability to perform physical tasks such as digging, lifting, and bending.
  • Willingness to Learn : An interest in gardening and a willingness to follow instructions and learn new skills.
  • Teamwork : Comfortable working as part of a team and contributing to shared goals.
  • Responsible Attitude : Demonstrates responsibility and care when handling plants and tools.
  • Weather Adaptability : Willingness to work outdoors in various weather conditions.

Starting as a Gardener Assistant can ignite a passion for horticulture and the environment.

Young gardeners can learn essential skills that could lead to future opportunities in landscaping, botanical gardens, or even starting their own gardening service.

With experience and further education, they can pursue careers in landscape design, horticulture, or environmental conservation.

Car Wash Assistant

Average Salary: Variable depending on location and establishment per year

Car Wash Assistants are responsible for the care and maintenance of vehicles, ensuring each car is cleaned thoroughly and efficiently.

This role is ideal for 12-year-olds who enjoy practical work and have an attention to detail.

  • Vehicle Pre-Wash : Assist in preparing vehicles for the wash, such as pre-rinsing, to remove loose dirt and debris.
  • Cleaning Services : Hand wash or assist with automated systems to clean the exterior of the cars, including wheels and windows.
  • Interior Maintenance : Vacuum interiors, wipe down surfaces, and clean windows to ensure a spotless cabin.
  • Quality Checks : Perform final inspections to ensure that every vehicle meets the standards of cleanliness expected by customers.
  • Customer Service : Greet customers and answer basic questions about the car wash services provided.
  • Equipment Maintenance : Help maintain and clean the car wash equipment and work area to keep it in good working condition.
  • Age Appropriate : Must be legally allowed to work according to local regulations for 12-year-olds.
  • Physical Ability : Capable of performing physical tasks and standing for extended periods.
  • Attention to Detail : Ability to pay attention to the small details that make a big difference in car cleanliness.
  • Teamwork : Willingness to work as part of a team to provide efficient service to customers.
  • Reliability : Dependable and able to follow instructions and complete tasks as assigned.

While a Car Wash Assistant role is typically an entry-level position, it provides valuable work experience for young individuals.

It teaches responsibility, customer service, and the importance of a strong work ethic.

As they grow older and gain more experience, young workers can move up to supervisory roles, manage their own teams, or even pursue entrepreneurial opportunities in car care and maintenance.

Household Chores Helper

Average Salary: Variable (often based on hourly or task-based rates) per year

Household Chores Helpers assist with various tasks around the home, helping to keep living spaces clean and organized.

This role is excellent for 12-year-olds looking to earn some extra money and learn responsibility.

  • Assisting with Cleaning : Help with dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, and other cleaning tasks to maintain a tidy home environment.
  • Helping with Laundry : Aid in sorting, washing, folding, and putting away clothes.
  • Organizing Spaces : Assist in decluttering rooms, organizing toys, books, and other items to keep the household orderly.
  • Yard Work : Support with gardening, raking leaves, or shoveling snow, depending on the season.
  • Pet Care : Help with feeding pets, walking dogs, and cleaning up after animals as needed.
  • Running Errands : Accompany adults or run small errands, such as picking up groceries or going to the post office.
  • Willingness to Learn : Eagerness to learn new tasks and follow instructions carefully.
  • Responsibility : Ability to take on tasks with minimal supervision and complete them in a timely manner.
  • Attention to Detail : Focus on doing chores properly to ensure a clean and organized home.
  • Physical Ability : Capable of handling light physical work and staying active for extended periods.
  • Positive Attitude : Approach tasks with a positive attitude and willingness to help out.

This job provides an early opportunity to develop a work ethic, time management skills, and an understanding of household responsibilities.

As Household Chores Helpers gain experience, they can take on more complex tasks, manage their schedules better, and even start their own small business for neighborhood chores services as they grow older.

Newspaper Delivery Person

Average Salary: Varies by route and volume of deliveries per year

Newspaper Delivery Persons play a crucial role in the community by ensuring timely delivery of the daily news to subscribers’ doorsteps.

This role is ideal for 12-year-olds who are early risers and enjoy cycling or walking around their neighborhood.

  • Timely Delivery : Ensure newspapers are delivered to subscribers early in the morning, often before many people start their day.
  • Route Management : Efficiently manage and follow a set route to deliver newspapers to the correct addresses.
  • Handling Subscriptions : Keep track of current and new subscribers, and occasionally manage subscription renewals or payment collection.
  • Maintaining Records : Maintain accurate records of deliveries and any issues encountered, such as missed deliveries or customer complaints.
  • Weather Adaptation : Be prepared to deliver in various weather conditions, dressing appropriately and taking care of the newspapers to prevent damage.
  • Physical Fitness : Stay active and fit, as the job involves repetitive motion and can be physically demanding.
  • Reliability : Must be dependable and punctual, as customers expect their newspapers early.
  • Organization Skills : Good organizational skills to manage delivery routes and subscriber information.
  • Physical Ability : Capable of walking, cycling, or using a scooter for extended periods, including carrying a bag of newspapers.
  • Communication Skills : Ability to communicate effectively with subscribers and report any issues to the supervisor.
  • Attention to Detail : Ensuring accurate deliveries to the correct addresses without errors.

While a newspaper delivery job may not offer a long-term career path, it’s an excellent opportunity for 12-year-olds to learn responsibility, time management, and customer service skills.

The experience gained from this job can be a stepping stone to other positions in customer service, logistics, or management as they grow older.

Errand Runner for Neighbors

Potential Earnings: Pocket money to $10-$15 per task

Errand Runners for Neighbors help out with various tasks that busy individuals or those unable to leave their homes might need assistance with.

This role is perfect for 12-year-olds looking to earn some extra money while helping out in their local community.

  • Shopping Assistance : Pick up groceries, prescriptions, or other shopping items as needed by neighbors.
  • Post Office Runs : Drop off or collect packages and mail at the post office.
  • Pet Care : Walk dogs or feed pets for neighbors who are at work or away.
  • Yard Work : Assist with basic gardening tasks such as watering plants or pulling weeds.
  • General Errands : Perform other miscellaneous tasks such as returning library books or running items to a local charity.
  • Building Trust : Establish a reputation as a reliable and trustworthy helper in the neighborhood.
  • Responsibility : Ability to handle tasks independently and follow through on commitments.
  • Communication Skills : Good verbal communication to understand neighbors’ needs and provide updates when tasks are completed.
  • Time Management : Organize tasks efficiently to complete errands in a timely manner.
  • Local Area Knowledge : Familiarity with the local community, including shops, post offices, and other relevant locations.
  • Adaptability : Willingness to take on a variety of tasks as needed by neighbors.

As an Errand Runner for Neighbors, 12-year-olds can develop essential life skills such as responsibility, time management, and communication.

With a strong work ethic and positive feedback, young errand runners can expand their client base, potentially leading to more significant opportunities in customer service or entrepreneurial ventures as they grow older.

Garage Sale Helper

Potential Earnings: $10 – $20 per sale

Garage Sale Helpers assist in organizing and running garage sales in their neighborhood.

This role is perfect for 12-year-olds who are looking to earn some extra cash on the weekends while learning valuable skills in sales and organization.

  • Setting Up : Help organize items, set up tables, and arrange goods attractively to catch the attention of buyers.
  • Price Tagging : Work with the owner to decide on prices and label items clearly.
  • Customer Service : Greet customers, answer their questions, and help them find items they’re looking for.
  • Making Sales : Handle cash transactions, give change, and keep track of sales during the event.
  • Clean Up : Assist in taking down the setup at the end of the sale and organizing unsold items as directed.
  • Advertising : Help put up signs around the neighborhood to advertise the garage sale.
  • No formal educational background is necessary, but basic math skills are helpful for handling money.
  • Communication Skills : Good interpersonal skills to interact with customers and help make sales.
  • Enthusiasm : A positive attitude and willingness to help out with various tasks.
  • Responsibility : Trustworthiness to handle money and keep track of sales.
  • Flexibility : The ability to adapt to different tasks as needed throughout the sale.

While a Garage Sale Helper is often a temporary or seasonal role, it’s an excellent opportunity for young individuals to gain experience in sales, customer service, and money handling.

These foundational skills can be beneficial for future employment in retail, entrepreneurship, or any career that involves customer interaction and transactions.

Snow Shoveling Assistant

Snow Shoveling Assistants help clear snow from driveways, sidewalks, and other outdoor areas, providing a necessary service during the winter months.

This role is ideal for 12-year-olds who enjoy physical outdoor work and want to earn some money during the snowy season.

  • Clearing Snow : Use shovels and other tools to remove snow from designated areas effectively and safely.
  • Applying Ice Melt : Spread salt or other ice-melting substances to prevent ice buildup and ensure safe walkways.
  • Equipment Maintenance : Keep shovels and other equipment in good working order.
  • Customer Service : Interact politely with clients, taking note of specific instructions or areas that require careful attention.
  • Time Management : Complete snow removal tasks in a timely manner, especially during early morning hours to ensure clear paths for residents and businesses.
  • Physical Stamina : Maintain the physical endurance to work in cold conditions and handle repetitive motions.
  • No formal educational background is required, but basic math skills for handling transactions are helpful.
  • Physical Ability : Must be capable of performing manual labor in cold and snowy conditions.
  • Reliability : Punctuality and dependability are crucial, as clients rely on prompt snow removal.
  • Communication Skills : Good communication with clients and the ability to follow instructions.
  • Appropriate Clothing : Must have access to warm, weather-appropriate clothing to stay safe and comfortable while working.

Starting as a Snow Shoveling Assistant provides an excellent introduction to the world of work, teaching valuable lessons in responsibility, customer service, and time management.

As young workers grow older, they may take on more clients, offer additional winter services, or even start their own small snow removal business.

This early job experience can also serve as a stepping stone to other opportunities in outdoor maintenance and landscaping careers.

Craft Seller

Potential Earnings: Pocket Money to Several Hundred Dollars a Month

Craft Sellers harness their creativity to make and sell handmade items, such as jewelry, greeting cards, or knitted goods.

This role is ideal for artistic 12-year-olds who enjoy making things with their hands and have an entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Creating Handmade Crafts : Use skills in art and crafting to create items that appeal to peers, family, and community members.
  • Setting Up Sales Platforms : This could be a physical stand at a local fair or an online shop with the help of an adult.
  • Marketing Products : Learn the basics of marketing by promoting crafts to potential buyers through word of mouth, social media, or flyers.
  • Pricing and Selling : Decide how to price crafts reasonably and handle money transactions with customers.
  • Customer Interaction : Communicate with customers to understand what they like and perhaps take custom orders.
  • Learning Business Basics : Gain a fundamental understanding of running a small business, including costs, profits, and customer service.
  • Crafting Skills : Ability to create appealing and well-made craft items.
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset : An interest in learning how to run a small business and sell products.
  • Communication Skills : Good verbal and written communication skills to interact with customers and promote products.
  • Creativity : A strong sense of creativity and originality to design unique crafts.
  • Organization : Being able to organize time, materials, and sales efforts effectively.

Starting as a Craft Seller at a young age can spark a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship and the arts.

As young crafters develop their skills and business acumen, they may expand their operations, explore online marketplaces, or even grow into professional artisans with a broad customer base.

This early experience can be an excellent foundation for future careers in business, marketing, or the arts.

Junior Camp Counselor

Average Salary: $15,000 – $25,000 per year

Junior Camp Counselors assist in leading activities and ensuring the safety of children at summer camps or day camps.

This role is perfect for 12-year-olds who enjoy outdoor activities, crafting, and making new friends while gaining responsibility and leadership experience.

  • Assisting with Activities : Help in organizing games, crafts, and educational programs for campers.
  • Ensuring Safety : Work under the guidance of senior counselors to maintain a safe and fun environment for all camp participants.
  • Answering Questions : Help campers with questions they may have about the day’s activities or camp rules.
  • Setting Up : Assist in the setup and cleanup of camp activities and areas.
  • Role Modeling : Be a positive role model for younger campers, demonstrating good behavior and enthusiasm for camp activities.
  • Learning Leadership : Develop leadership skills by supporting group leaders and learning how to manage small groups of children.
  • Age-Appropriate Skills : Must be mature and responsible enough to handle the tasks given to 12-year-olds at camp.
  • Communication Skills : Good verbal communication skills, with the ability to interact positively with younger children and peers.
  • Enthusiasm for Camp Activities : A strong interest in various camp activities, from sports to crafts, and a willingness to engage with and encourage campers.
  • Teamwork : Ability to work well with other counselors and camp staff to provide a memorable experience for campers.
  • Adaptability : Flexibility to adapt to different situations that can arise in a dynamic camp environment.

As a Junior Camp Counselor, you will have the opportunity to develop valuable skills such as leadership, problem-solving, and teamwork.

With experience, you can take on more responsibilities at camp and eventually become a senior counselor or camp leader as you get older.

This role can also serve as a stepping stone to careers in education, coaching, or recreation management.

Library Helper

Average Salary: Pocket Money to $10 per hour per year

Library Helpers assist librarians and library visitors, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for those seeking knowledge and entertainment through books and other resources.

This role is perfect for 12-year-olds who love reading and want to foster that same passion for literature and learning in others.

  • Organizing Books : Help sort and shelve books, ensuring they are in the correct order, which makes it easier for visitors to find what they’re looking for.
  • Assisting Library Visitors : Guide peers and other library patrons to find books or resources they need for school projects or personal interest.
  • Helping with Check-Out Process : Learn to use the library’s checkout system to assist visitors with borrowing and returning books.
  • Preparing for Events : Assist in setting up and running library events such as story time, book clubs, or educational workshops for children.
  • Maintaining a Quiet Environment : Help monitor the library space to maintain a quiet and respectful atmosphere for readers and researchers.
  • Learning Administrative Tasks : Gain skills in basic library administration, such as cataloging new arrivals and managing inventory.
  • Educational Background : No formal education required, but a good reading level and interest in books are essential.
  • Communication Skills : Good interpersonal skills to interact with library patrons of all ages.
  • Enthusiasm for Reading : A love for books and a desire to help others discover and enjoy reading.
  • Attention to Detail : Ability to organize books accurately and pay attention to the library system’s details.
  • Responsibility : Trustworthiness to handle books and other library materials with care.

Starting as a Library Helper can ignite a lifelong passion for literature and learning.

It provides a strong foundation for those interested in potentially pursuing a career in library sciences or education in the future.

With experience and as they grow older, young library helpers can take on more complex tasks, learn more about digital library systems, and may even mentor new, younger helpers as they join.

Plant Watering Service

Average Salary: Variable (often based on the number of clients and plants) per year

Plant Watering Services offer personalized care to ensure that plants in homes and offices remain healthy and well-nourished while their owners are away.

This role is ideal for 12-year-olds who enjoy nurturing plants and want to earn money through a responsible and rewarding job.

  • Watering Plants : Provide the correct amount of water to different plant species, following specific care instructions provided by the owner.
  • Monitoring Plant Health : Check for signs of distress, such as wilting or yellowing leaves, and report any issues to the plant owner.
  • Adjusting Sunlight Exposure : Move plants to ensure they get the appropriate amount of light, or adjust blinds and curtains as instructed.
  • Simple Plant Maintenance : Perform basic care such as trimming dead leaves and rotating pots for even growth.
  • Providing Updates : Communicate with plant owners about the status of their plants and any actions taken during their absence.
  • Learning About Horticulture : Gain knowledge about different plant species and their specific watering needs and care requirements.
  • Knowledge of Plant Care : Basic understanding of different plant needs and a willingness to learn more about horticulture.
  • Responsibility : Demonstrating a high level of responsibility and care when entrusted with someone else’s plants.
  • Attention to Detail : Ability to follow detailed instructions and notice changes in plant health.
  • Communication Skills : Good verbal and written communication skills to interact with plant owners and provide updates.
  • Reliability : Being dependable and punctual, ensuring that plants are watered on schedule.

For a 12-year-old, a Plant Watering Service is an excellent opportunity to develop responsibility, time management, and entrepreneurial skills.

As they gain experience, they can expand their client base, offer additional plant care services, and possibly start their own small plant care business in the future.

Greeting Card Maker

Average Earnings: Pocket money to small profits depending on sales

Greeting Card Makers create personalized and heartfelt cards for various occasions, such as birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries.

This role is ideal for creative 12 year olds who enjoy crafting and expressing emotions through art and poetry.

  • Designing Cards : Create unique and attractive greeting card designs that cater to a variety of occasions and personal tastes.
  • Writing Messages : Compose thoughtful, funny, or heartfelt messages to be included inside cards.
  • Customizing Orders : Personalize cards based on customer requests, adding names, special dates, or custom messages.
  • Material Selection : Choose quality materials for card making, such as paper, decorations, and embellishments, to ensure a beautiful finished product.
  • Marketing : Utilize social media or community events to showcase and sell your greeting cards.
  • Staying Trendy : Keep up with popular themes, occasions, and styles to ensure your card designs stay current and appealing.
  • Artistic Flair : A natural inclination towards art and design, with the ability to create visually appealing greeting cards.
  • Writing Skills : Good writing skills to craft messages that resonate with card recipients.
  • Creativity : An endless pool of creative ideas to continuously come up with new and exciting card designs.
  • Attention to Detail : Careful attention to the details of card design and message to ensure a high-quality product.
  • Customer Service : A friendly attitude and willingness to accommodate custom requests from clients.

As a Greeting Card Maker, you start by crafting individual cards for family and friends.

With practice and positive feedback, you can expand your reach to the local community and beyond.

With time, you could establish a small business, selling your cards online or at local markets.

As your skills and reputation grow, you could even offer workshops to other young enthusiasts or partner with local gift shops to carry your creations.

Virtual Assistant for Simple Online Tasks

Average Salary: $10,000 – $30,000 (part-time) per year

Virtual Assistants for Simple Online Tasks help with a variety of digital activities, such as data entry, scheduling, email management, and other administrative support tasks.

This role is ideal for 12-year-olds who are tech-savvy, detail-oriented, and eager to gain experience in the digital world.

  • Performing Data Entry : Accurately input information into databases or spreadsheets, ensuring the data is organized and up-to-date.
  • Managing Schedules : Assist with scheduling appointments or updating online calendars to help maintain an organized workflow.
  • Handling Emails : Sort and respond to emails or direct them to the appropriate contact as needed.
  • Conducting Online Research : Gather information on various topics as directed to support tasks or projects.
  • Social Media Assistance : Help with basic social media tasks, such as scheduling posts or replying to comments.
  • Staying Organized : Keep digital files and folders in order, making it easy to retrieve information when needed.
  • Basic Computer Skills : Familiarity with common computer programs and online tools, such as word processors, spreadsheets, and email clients.
  • Effective Communication : Good written and verbal communication skills to interact with team members and complete tasks efficiently.
  • Attention to Detail : Ability to focus on the details of a task to ensure accuracy and completeness.
  • Time Management : Capable of managing multiple tasks and meeting deadlines.
  • Adaptability : Willingness to learn new tools and adapt to various online tasks as needed.

Starting as a Virtual Assistant for Simple Online Tasks can be a great way for 12-year-olds to learn about the digital workplace and gain valuable work experience.

With time and experience, they can develop more advanced skills, take on more complex tasks, and potentially explore full-time opportunities in administrative support or other areas of interest in the digital realm.

Jewelry Maker

Average Earnings: $10 – $20 per piece or project

Jewelry Makers craft unique and beautiful pieces of jewelry, including bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings.

This role is ideal for creative 12-year-olds who enjoy working with their hands and expressing their artistic talents.

  • Designing Jewelry : Create original jewelry designs, choosing the right materials and techniques to bring the vision to life.
  • Assembling Beads and Components : Carefully assemble and construct jewelry pieces using various materials such as beads, wire, and clasps.
  • Customizing Pieces : Offer personalized jewelry options, such as name bracelets or birthstone pendants, to cater to individual tastes.
  • Marketing and Selling : Learn the basics of entrepreneurship by marketing self-made jewelry to friends, family, and local events or online platforms.
  • Learning New Techniques : Continuously explore new methods of jewelry making, such as weaving, soldering, or working with different materials.
  • Maintaining Tools and Supplies : Keep tools clean and organized, and manage inventory of supplies to ensure that materials are available when needed.
  • Artistic Flair : A natural sense of creativity and an eye for color and design.
  • Fine Motor Skills : Good hand-eye coordination and the ability to work with small components and tools.
  • Patience and Attention to Detail : Willingness to spend time perfecting each piece and ensuring high-quality finishes.
  • Basic Marketing Skills : Ability to promote and sell the jewelry, understanding the basics of customer service and sales.
  • Adaptability : Flexibility to tailor designs to customer requests and adapt to new trends and techniques.

As a young jewelry maker, there is potential to develop a hobby into a profitable business over time.

With experience and a growing reputation, jewelry makers can expand their customer base, participate in larger craft fairs, or even start an online shop.

In the long term, they may become professional jewelers or designers, creating high-end custom pieces.

Average Earnings: $15 – $30 per lawn

Young entrepreneurs can start a lawn mowing service in their neighborhood to earn extra money and learn the value of hard work.

This role is ideal for 12-year-olds who enjoy outdoor activities and have a knack for operating equipment responsibly.

  • Mowing Lawns : Use a push mower or riding mower to cut grass to an even height, following safety protocols.
  • Trimming Edges : Use a weed whacker or edging tool to clean up borders and ensure a neat finish around sidewalks and driveways.
  • Clearing Debris : Ensure the lawn is free of leaves, twigs, and other debris before and after mowing.
  • Equipment Maintenance : Perform basic maintenance on lawn mowing equipment, such as cleaning or replacing blades.
  • Customer Service : Communicate effectively with clients to understand their lawn care needs and preferences.
  • Scheduling : Manage a schedule to ensure timely service for all clients.
  • Understanding of Equipment : Knowledge of how to safely operate a lawn mower and other lawn care tools.
  • Physical Fitness : Ability to perform physical tasks and handle equipment for extended periods.
  • Responsibility : Demonstrated responsibility and reliability in completing tasks and managing time.
  • Customer Relations : Good communication skills and a polite, professional demeanor with clients.
  • Parental Guidance : Oversight from a parent or guardian, especially when using powered equipment or interacting with clients.

Starting a lawn mowing service can lay the foundation for a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial skills.

As 12-year-olds gain experience, they can expand their services to include additional lawn care tasks, take on more clients, and possibly hire friends to help as their business grows.

This early experience can be a stepping stone to a future career in landscaping, business management, or other related fields.

Typical Pay Range: $5 – $15 per job

Car Washers provide a valuable service by washing and detailing vehicles to keep them looking sharp and clean.

This role is perfect for 12-year-olds who enjoy being active and don’t mind getting a little wet while performing a thorough and satisfying job.

  • Cleaning Vehicles : Wash and dry the exterior of cars, ensuring that all dirt and grime is removed.
  • Detailing : Wipe down and clean car interiors, including vacuuming seats and floors, and cleaning windows.
  • Quality Control : Inspect the car to make sure cleaning is complete and up to standards.
  • Customer Service : Greet customers and explain the washing and detailing services offered.
  • Time Management : Efficiently manage time to handle multiple cars or be able to complete the job in a timely manner.
  • Attention to Detail : Ability to focus on the small aspects of car cleaning to ensure a thorough job.
  • Physical Stamina : Comfortable with standing, bending, and moving around for the duration of the car wash.
  • Customer Interaction : Polite and clear communication with customers, ensuring their satisfaction with the service.
  • Responsibility : Handling cleaning supplies and tools properly, as well as managing payments if necessary.

Starting as a Car Washer can be a great introduction to the workforce for a young person.

It teaches responsibility, time management, and customer service skills.

With time and experience, young car washers can learn more about vehicle maintenance and may eventually take on more complex detailing jobs, supervise a team, or even start their own car washing business in the future.

House Cleaner

Average Salary: $25,000 – $35,000 per year

House Cleaners perform cleaning tasks in clients’ homes, ensuring a tidy and hygienic living environment.

This role is ideal for diligent 12-year-olds who take pride in cleanliness and enjoy the satisfaction of transforming a cluttered space into a spotless sanctuary.

  • Dusting and Polishing : Remove dust from furniture, shelves, and other surfaces to keep the home looking fresh.
  • Vacuuming and Mopping Floors : Keep floors free of dirt and debris, ensuring they are clean and presentable.
  • Bathroom Cleaning : Scrub and sanitize toilets, showers, and sinks to maintain a hygienic bathroom environment.
  • Kitchen Cleaning : Wipe down countertops, appliances, and cabinets, and manage the organization of kitchen spaces.
  • Window Washing : Clean windows to remove smudges and fingerprints, enhancing natural light in the home.
  • Organization : Help declutter spaces and organize items to optimize the living environment for clients.
  • Physical Stamina : Ability to perform physical tasks and stand for extended periods.
  • Attention to Detail : Keen eye for cleanliness to ensure every corner of the home is well-maintained.
  • Reliability : Trustworthy and dependable, with the ability to arrive on time and complete tasks efficiently.
  • Independence : Capable of working alone and managing tasks without direct supervision.
  • Customer Service : Friendly and respectful attitude towards clients, with the ability to listen to their preferences and feedback.

Starting as a House Cleaner at a young age is an excellent way to develop a strong work ethic, time management skills, and an eye for detail.

With time and experience, young cleaners can take on more clients, offer additional services, or even start their own cleaning business as they grow older.

Plant Waterer

Average Pay: $10 – $15 per hour

Plant Waterers are responsible for maintaining the health and vitality of plants in homes, gardens, and greenhouses by ensuring they receive the right amount of water.

This role is ideal for 12-year-olds who have a green thumb and enjoy taking care of plants.

  • Watering Plants : Provide the correct amount of water to various types of plants, considering their specific needs and the local climate.
  • Monitoring Plant Health : Observe the plants for signs of over-watering or under-watering and adjust the care accordingly.
  • Understanding Plant Needs : Learn about different plant species and their unique watering requirements.
  • Assisting with Garden Maintenance : Help with other garden tasks, such as weeding or mulching, as needed while watering.
  • Communicating with Plant Owners : Provide updates on the plants’ conditions and any additional care they might need.
  • No formal educational background is required, but a basic understanding of plant care is beneficial.
  • Attention to Detail : Being observant and attentive to the conditions and needs of each plant.
  • Responsibility : Taking the job seriously and being reliable to water the plants as scheduled.
  • Physical Ability : Being able to carry watering cans or hoses and move around gardens and homes.
  • Communication Skills : Ability to communicate effectively with plant owners regarding the health and needs of their plants.

As a Plant Waterer, young individuals have the opportunity to learn about horticulture and develop a sense of responsibility.

With experience, they may take on more clients, offer additional gardening services, or even start their own small gardening business.

As they grow older and gain more expertise, they could pursue careers in landscaping, greenhouse management, or horticulture.

Newspaper Deliverer

Average Salary: Pocket Money – Part-time Income per year

Newspaper deliverers play a vital role in the community by ensuring that the daily news reaches residents in a timely manner.

This role is ideal for 12-year-olds who enjoy early morning bike rides and providing a valuable service to their neighbors.

  • Timely Delivery : Distribute newspapers to subscribers’ homes or businesses, typically in the early morning hours.
  • Route Management : Organize and follow an efficient delivery route to ensure all subscribers receive their newspapers on time.
  • Weather Preparedness : Be ready to deliver in various weather conditions, dressing appropriately and taking care of the newspapers.
  • Customer Service : Handle any customer complaints or issues with deliveries promptly and courteously.
  • Subscription Management : Occasionally update subscription lists and collect subscription fees as required.
  • Maintaining Records : Keep track of deliveries and payments for accurate record-keeping.
  • Dependability : Ability to wake up early and complete deliveries reliably.
  • Physical Fitness : Must be able to ride a bike or walk for the duration of the delivery route.
  • Organization : Good organizational skills to manage delivery routes and subscriptions effectively.
  • Customer Service : Polite and friendly demeanor when interacting with subscribers.
  • Weather Resilience : Willingness to work in various weather conditions, ensuring newspapers stay dry and intact.

Newspaper delivery is an excellent way for 12-year-olds to learn responsibility, time management, and customer service skills.

With time, young deliverers can become responsible for larger routes or even mentor new deliverers.

This job lays a foundation for future roles in logistics, customer service, or any career where dependability and punctuality are valued.

Tutor for Younger Students

Average Salary: $10 – $20 per hour per year

Tutors for younger students provide personalized educational support and help children understand various subjects, from basic math and reading to more advanced topics depending on the student’s age and educational level.

This role is ideal for responsible 12-year-olds who excel in school subjects and enjoy helping others learn and succeed.

  • Assisting with Homework : Help students understand and complete their homework assignments.
  • Explaining Concepts : Break down complex topics into understandable chunks tailored to the student’s learning style.
  • Developing Study Strategies : Teach effective study habits and learning techniques that students can use in school.
  • Reviewing for Tests : Help prepare students for upcoming quizzes and exams by reviewing material and practicing sample questions.
  • Encouraging Academic Growth : Motivate and encourage students to take an interest in their education and to strive for academic improvement.
  • Monitoring Progress : Keep track of the student’s progress and identify areas that need additional work.
  • Educational Background : Strong understanding of the subjects you plan to tutor, evidenced by good grades and teacher recommendations.
  • Communication Skills : Ability to explain concepts clearly and patiently to younger students.
  • Enthusiasm for Teaching : A genuine interest in helping others learn and the ability to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Patient and Supportive : Tutors must be patient with students as they learn at their own pace and provide support to boost their confidence.
  • Reliability : Commitment to scheduled tutoring sessions and being well-prepared to teach.

This role offers the chance to develop leadership and teaching skills at an early age.

With experience, young tutors can take on more students, cover a broader range of subjects, or even start a small tutoring business.

As they grow older, they can pursue formal education in teaching or other fields that interest them, leveraging their early experience in tutoring.

Lemonade Stand Operator

Average Income: Varies widely (often pocket money or small-scale earnings)

Lemonade Stand Operators run their small refreshment business, offering homemade lemonade and sometimes a variety of snacks to the local community.

This role is perfect for 12-year-olds looking to learn basic business skills and understand the fundamentals of customer service while enjoying the outdoors.

  • Preparing Lemonade : Make delicious lemonade using a tried-and-true recipe to attract and satisfy customers.
  • Handling Cash : Manage cash transactions carefully, giving correct change and keeping track of earnings.
  • Customer Interaction : Greet and serve customers with a friendly attitude, making their experience enjoyable.
  • Stand Presentation : Set up an attractive and clean stand, with clear pricing and a welcoming sign.
  • Marketing : Tell friends, family, and neighbors about the stand to increase foot traffic and sales.
  • Learning about Health and Safety : Understand and apply basic food hygiene and safety practices to ensure a clean and safe environment.
  • Basic Math Skills : Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide for handling cash and measuring ingredients.
  • Communication Skills : Good verbal communication to interact with customers and explain products.
  • Enthusiasm for Entrepreneurship : A keen interest in running a business and serving customers with a smile.
  • Responsibility : Capable of handling the duties of running a stand and dealing with money responsibly.
  • Creativity : Ability to make the stand inviting and come up with ways to attract more business.

Starting a lemonade stand is a fantastic way for a young entrepreneur to get a taste of business management.

As the business grows, Lemonade Stand Operators can expand their menu, collaborate with friends to open more stands, or save earnings for future endeavors.

This early experience can be a stepping stone to more significant business opportunities and can instill lifelong entrepreneurial skills.

Snow Shoveler

Potential Earnings: $10 – $20 per hour

Snow Shovelers are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks, driveways, and other outdoor areas during the winter months.

This role is perfect for 12 year olds looking to earn some money during the winter season, while enjoying the outdoors and staying active.

  • Clearing Snow : Use shovels or snow blowers to remove snow from designated areas.
  • Salt Spreading : Apply salt or sand to icy surfaces to prevent slipping accidents.
  • Safety Precautions : Ensure that all cleared paths are safe for pedestrian and vehicle use.
  • Equipment Maintenance : Keep shoveling equipment in good working condition.
  • Time Management : Efficiently manage time to clear snow from multiple locations if necessary.
  • Customer Service : Politely interact with clients, ensuring their satisfaction with the snow removal.
  • Physical Fitness : Ability to perform physical labor in cold and potentially harsh weather conditions.
  • Reliability : Must be dependable, showing up on time and completing tasks as agreed upon.
  • Proper Clothing : Dress appropriately for the weather, with layers, gloves, and waterproof boots.
  • Attention to Detail : Ensure that all areas are thoroughly cleared and safe for use.
  • Weather Awareness : Ability to monitor weather conditions and be available after snowfall.

Opportunities for Growth:

While snow shoveling is often a seasonal job, it can teach valuable lessons in responsibility and work ethic.

As young shovelers gain experience, they can take on more clients or even start their own snow removal service.

This job can also be a stepping stone to other landscaping or outdoor maintenance roles in the future.

Garden Helper

Average Salary: $5 – $15 per hour per year

Garden Helpers assist with various gardening tasks, helping maintain and beautify community gardens, private lawns, or family-owned plots.

This role is perfect for 12-year-olds who enjoy being outdoors and have a budding interest in plants and gardening.

  • Planting and Watering : Help in planting flowers, vegetables, and shrubs, and ensure they are regularly watered.
  • Weeding : Remove unwanted plants and weeds to keep the garden tidy and healthy.
  • Harvesting : Assist with picking fruits and vegetables when they are ripe and ready for consumption.
  • Garden Maintenance : Aid in general garden upkeep, such as raking leaves and spreading mulch.
  • Tool Care : Clean and store gardening tools properly after use.
  • Learning Horticulture Basics : Gain knowledge about different plant species, soil types, and gardening techniques.
  • Physical Ability : Capable of performing light physical activities and spending time outdoors.
  • Willingness to Learn : Open to learning about gardening practices and following instructions.
  • Responsibility : Demonstrates a responsible attitude when handling plants and garden tools.
  • Teamwork : Ability to work well with others, including garden owners and fellow helpers.
  • Respect for Nature : Shows care and respect for the environment and living plants.

Gardening as a young helper can sow the seeds for a lifelong appreciation of nature and potentially lead to future opportunities in landscaping, horticulture, or environmental science.

With time and experience, young Garden Helpers may take on more complex tasks and responsibilities, develop their own gardening styles, or even start a small lawn care or gardening business in their neighborhood.

Average Salary: $20,000 – $30,000 per year

Farmhands assist with the day-to-day operations of a farm, including the care of animals, maintenance of crops, and upkeep of farm equipment.

This role is perfect for 12-year-olds who love the outdoors and are interested in learning about agriculture and animal husbandry.

  • Assisting with Animal Care : Help feed and water farm animals, and ensure they have clean living spaces.
  • Helping with Planting and Harvesting : Aid in planting crops, weeding, and harvesting produce under supervision.
  • Maintaining Farm Equipment : Clean and store tools and equipment after use to keep them in good working order.
  • Learning Sustainable Practices : Gain knowledge about sustainable farming techniques and the importance of caring for the environment.
  • Supporting Farm Operations : Perform a variety of tasks to support the farmer, which could include organizing supplies or running errands.
  • Observing Farm Safety : Understand and follow safety procedures to prevent accidents and injuries on the farm.
  • Physical Fitness : Ability to handle physical tasks such as lifting feed bags, bending, and walking across uneven terrain.
  • Willingness to Learn : An eagerness to learn about farming, livestock, and crop management.
  • Responsibility : Capable of following instructions and completing tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Teamwork : Comfortable working with others and contributing to a team effort.
  • Respect for Nature : An appreciation for animals, plants, and the environment.

Working as a farmhand provides invaluable hands-on experience in the field of agriculture.

As young farmhands grow older and gain more experience, they could take on more responsibilities on the farm, potentially leading to roles such as farm supervisor, agricultural technician, or with further education, agricultural manager or agronomist.

Grocery Store Bagger

Average Salary: Varies by location and store (often hourly minimum wage) per year

Grocery Store Baggers are the unsung heroes of the supermarket, ensuring customers’ purchases are neatly packed and handled with care.

This role is ideal for 12-year-olds who are looking for an entry-level position with a chance to learn customer service skills and the workings of a retail environment.

  • Packing Groceries : Carefully bagging items in a logical and safe manner, considering the weight distribution and fragility of items.
  • Assisting Customers : Helping customers to load their groceries into their cars or answering any basic questions they may have about store policies or locations of items.
  • Maintaining Cleanliness : Keeping the checkout area clean and organized, which may include returning stray items to shelves and disposing of trash.
  • Cart Management : Retrieving shopping carts from the parking lot and ensuring they are stored correctly for customer use.
  • Learning Store Layout : Gaining knowledge about product locations to assist customers in finding items or directing them to the right aisle.
  • Age Requirements : Must meet the minimum age for employment as per state labor laws (often a work permit is required for those under 14).
  • Customer Service Skills : A friendly and helpful attitude to provide a positive shopping experience for customers.
  • Physical Stamina : Ability to stand for extended periods and handle light lifting and carrying.
  • Attention to Detail : Being careful to place items in bags appropriately to prevent damage and accommodate customer preferences.
  • Teamwork : Willingness to work as part of a team and support other staff members during busy periods.

Starting as a Grocery Store Bagger can be the first step in a career in retail.

With dedication and a strong work ethic, young baggers can learn valuable skills that serve as a foundation for future roles.

As they gain experience, they may have the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities, such as cashiering or stocking shelves, and eventually move into supervisory or management positions within the store or retail industry.

Library Assistant

Library Assistants play a crucial role in the operations of libraries, helping to organize and manage library resources and assisting patrons with their inquiries.

This role is perfect for young book lovers who enjoy being surrounded by literature and are eager to help others discover the joy of reading.

  • Organizing Books and Materials : Help maintain a well-organized collection by shelving books, sorting returned materials, and keeping the library tidy.
  • Assisting Library Patrons : Provide support to library visitors by helping them locate books and resources, and answering general questions about the library’s services.
  • Checking In/Out Materials : Manage the circulation desk activities, including checking books in and out, registering new patrons, and updating patron records.
  • Supporting Library Programs : Assist with the planning and implementation of library events, such as reading clubs, story time for children, and educational workshops.
  • Managing Technology : Help patrons with basic computer and printer use, and troubleshoot minor technical issues.
  • Cataloging New Acquisitions : Input data for new materials into the library’s catalog system, ensuring accurate tracking and availability.
  • Educational Background : While a Bachelor’s degree may not be necessary, a high school diploma or equivalent is often required, and an interest in pursuing library science can be beneficial.
  • Communication Skills : Good verbal and written communication skills to interact effectively with patrons and coworkers.
  • Love for Reading : A passion for books and reading, along with a willingness to learn about different genres and authors.
  • Customer Service : A friendly and helpful demeanor when dealing with the public.
  • Attention to Detail : Careful attention to detail when shelving books and managing library inventory.

As a Library Assistant, there is the potential to grow within the library system.

With experience and additional education, such as a degree in Library Science, individuals can pursue positions as Librarians or Library Managers.

There are also opportunities to specialize in areas like children’s services, technical services, or archival work.

Flyer Distributor

Average Salary: Varies (often paid per hour or per batch of flyers distributed) per year

Flyer Distributors are responsible for handing out promotional materials like flyers or brochures in public spaces to advertise events, businesses, or services.

This role is ideal for 12-year-olds looking for a straightforward and active job that allows them to work flexible hours, often after school or on weekends.

  • Distributing Flyers : Hand out flyers or brochures to the public in high-traffic areas such as shopping malls, parks, or near schools.
  • Engaging with the Public : Politely interact with people while distributing flyers, offering a friendly smile and answering basic questions about the advertised event or service.
  • Targeted Distribution : Focus on distributing flyers in strategic locations to reach the intended audience effectively.
  • Maintaining a Positive Attitude : Stay enthusiastic and approachable while representing the business or event being promoted.
  • Tracking Inventory : Keep track of the number of flyers distributed and report back to the employer.
  • No formal education is required, making it suitable for young job seekers.
  • Good Communication Skills : Ability to interact politely with the public and represent the advertised service or event positively.
  • Physical Stamina : Capable of walking and standing for extended periods while distributing flyers.
  • Responsibility : Reliable and trustworthy to manage the task with minimal supervision.

While the role of a Flyer Distributor is typically considered an entry-level position, it provides valuable experience in marketing and public interaction.

It can serve as a stepping stone for 12-year-olds to develop work ethics, communication skills, and a sense of responsibility.

As they grow older, they could transition into more complex roles within marketing, sales, or customer service.

Community Event Assistant

Community Event Assistants help organize and execute local events, ranging from charity fundraisers to neighborhood festivals.

This role is perfect for young individuals who enjoy being involved in their community and have a knack for planning and coordination.

  • Assisting Event Planning : Support the planning and organization of community events, ensuring details are managed and timelines are met.
  • Vendor Coordination : Communicate with vendors, entertainers, and service providers to ensure their contributions to the event run smoothly.
  • Customer Service : Provide information and assistance to event attendees, answering questions and ensuring a positive experience.
  • Setting Up and Breaking Down : Help set up event spaces, including decorations and seating, and assist with clean-up after events.
  • Community Engagement : Engage with community members to promote the event and encourage participation.
  • Flexibility : Adjust responsibilities as needed on event days to manage unexpected situations or tasks.
  • Organizational Skills : Ability to manage multiple tasks effectively and keep events running smoothly.
  • Communication Skills : Strong verbal and written communication skills for interacting with community members, vendors, and team members.
  • Enthusiasm for Community Work : A passion for community involvement and a desire to create enjoyable experiences for others.
  • Teamwork : Comfortable working in a team environment and contributing to the group’s success.
  • Problem-Solving : Ability to address challenges that arise during event planning and execution quickly and creatively.

This entry-level role provides valuable experience in event management and community engagement.

As Community Event Assistants gain experience, they can move into roles with greater responsibility, such as Event Coordinators or Managers, or specialize in specific types of events, like weddings or corporate gatherings.

And there we have it.

A comprehensive guide to some of the best jobs for 12-year-olds.

With such a wide array of options, there is something for every young and aspiring worker out there.

So go ahead and take the first step towards your dream of earning your own money and gaining valuable life skills.

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19 Best Jobs For 12-Year-Olds That Pay

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By Jeff Gillis

For many adults, the idea of working as a 12-year-old might seem odd. However, jobs for 12-year-olds can give a tween more than a bit of cash; it can teach them about responsibility, accountability, dedication, and so much more.

Figuring out how to make money as a 12-year-old is a bit tricky. There are a lot of rules governing the employment of minors, and they can vary by location. If you’re curious about what jobs hire at 12, here’s what you need to know.

Jobs for 12-Year-Olds

You may be wondering, “Can a 12-year-old work?” Well, the answer is “yes,” but there are a lot of limitations.

Essentially, a 12-year-old can’t hold most traditional non-agricultural jobs . Working for a retail store, for example, is almost entirely off-limits. The only exception for that is if that retail store is wholly owned by the child’s parents.

There are some other non-agricultural jobs that are allowed. However, even if it’s the right kind of work, the employer does have to follow some strict rules. For instance, states usually have strict rules about the number of hours a 12-year-old can work, as well as limitations on the times of the day. 

There’s a little more flexibility with agricultural jobs . Essentially, as long as the work is outside of school hours, considered non-hazardous, and the 12-year-old has parental consent, it’s permitted.

What’s considered hazardous is fairly broad. A lot of agricultural equipment operation is in that category, along with working near certain types of animals. But those aren’t the only restrictions.

Since there are state regulations that typically go above and beyond what’s required federally. Additionally, those limitations vary by location. For instance, some states may require an age certification while others don’t. Since that’s the case, reviewing local laws regarding 12-year-olds and employment is essential.

Alright, but is it hard for a 12-year-old to land a job if they want one? Well, yes and no. “Yes” because there’s usually limited availability. “No” because there isn’t a ton of competition among the younger set.

As mentioned above, 12-year-old jobs are few and far between. Additionally, most jobs that hire at 12 are also available to older teens or even adults. Since that’s the case, a company might favor an older worker. Overall, that makes it harder for 12-year-olds to find opportunities.

However, if a job is designed with younger teens in mind, there typically isn’t a ton of competition. Sure, plenty of tweens and young teens may want a bit of cash in their pocket, but that doesn’t mean they’re interested in finding work.

Additionally, even if they’re open to working, their parents may prefer they focus on their education or something else. In most cases, younger teens can’t get a job without a parent’s okay, so that can reduce the amount of competition, too.

19 Best Jobs for 12-Year-Olds

Now that you know that the answer to “Can you get a job at 12?” is “yes,” it’s time to dive into the work opportunities that are actually available. Here are 19 jobs for 12-year-olds.

1. Newspaper Delivery

A classic job for tweens, newspaper delivery mainly involves receiving a bundle of papers, prepping them for individual subscribers, and getting them to front doors by a specific time each day. Many newspaper routes are easily walkable or bikeable, while others may require some help from a parent since a car is necessary.

In either case, newspaper delivery can pay quite well. Something near $15 per hour isn’t uncommon for this low-stress role. Plus, there can be tips on occasion, particularly around the holidays.

2. Babysitting

Depending on where you live, tweens may be able to earn some cash as a babysitter. It works well with a school schedule since most parents need sitters in the evening or on weekends. Plus, if the 12-year-old is watching younger children, they may be able to work on homework after bedtime.

It’s important to note that not all states allow 12-year-olds to babysit. For instance, it’s illegal in Illinois to leave a child under the age of 14 home alone, let alone in charge of other minors.

Additionally, some states may require extra steps, like CPR and first aid training. Since that’s the case, it’s critical to learn the requirements in advance.

However, if it’s allowed and a 12-year-old goes through all of the required training, babysitting can be lucrative. Earning $10 to $20 per hour isn’t uncommon, depending on the number of kids, their ages, and other factors.

3. Lawn Mowing

Generally, a 12-year-old can’t work for a landscaping company unless it’s owned by their parent. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t earn a little cash by mowing lawns for neighbors.

In most cases, it’s common to charge by the job and not by the hour. However, the rate usually works out to around $15.98 per hour, which is really solid for a tween.

JEFF'S TIP: It’s important to note that some cities or states view lawn mowing as a business, requiring people to get a license regardless of their age. Before any 12-year-old starts offering the service, it’s critical to review local laws to determine if a license is necessary. Otherwise, they may face fines or other penalties.

4. Car Washer

In a similar vein to the option above, washing cars for neighbors is another one of the jobs for 12-year-olds to make money. Usually, it requires only basic cleaning supplies and access to a water source, which the vehicle owner typically provides. Then, they’ll just give the car a nice wash in the owner’s driveway.

In most cases, it’s best to charge a flat rate for the job. Exactly what you should aim for may depend on your neighborhood, how dirty the car is, and the size of the vehicle. However, something in the $20 to $40 per wash range isn’t out of the question.

5. Dog Walker

A versatile option that could work well for 12-year-olds is dog walker. Usually, people offer the service within their own neighborhoods, so there’s no need to get a ride anywhere. Plus, tweens could walk dogs before or after school (or both), making it easy to fit into a typical schedule.

When it comes to pay, something around $12.68 per hour is what it works out to for most people. However, it’s more common to charge a flat rate for the service.

6. Pool Skimming

In any neighborhood where backyard pools are common, offering pool skimming services could be an excellent way for 12-year-olds to make money during the summer .

It’s pretty straightforward work. Usually, it requires little more than going over the surface of the water with a net to remove debris. However, you might need to either go along the bottom or get into the pool to tackle sunken debris if that’s part of the arrangement.

In most cases, you’ll charge a flat rate for the service, allowing you to adjust your pricing based on the pool size and any other maintenance steps you’ll take. However, the end result can come out in the $16 to $21 per hour range. Plus, you might be able to set up recurring jobs in the summer, giving you a steady source of income.

7. Window Washing

Another one of the gig-type jobs for 12-year-olds is window washing. Generally, this only works if the area is mainly one-story homes, as many homeowners might be hesitant to have a tween on a ladder on their property. However, with a one-story house and the right extendable window washing tools, this can be a great way to earn a bit of cash.

Window washing is pretty simple, requiring only basic cleansers and non-powered equipment. Overall, window washers usually earn between $16 and $20 per hour, though it may be best to charge by the job if you’re working with neighbors.

8. Garage Sale Assistant

If you’re looking for summer jobs for 12-year-olds, garage sale assistant is a fun option. Generally, this involves helping a neighbor that’s hosting a garage sale. You might assist with setup and taking payments from customers.

With this kind of job, you’ll need to negotiate a rate with the garage sale host. You might charge a set amount per hour, a flat fee, or a cut of the profits. However, it usually works out to about $10 per hour, which is respectable.

9. Snow Shoveler

During the winter, 12-year-olds might be able to earn cash by shoveling snow for neighbors. If they’re willing to get up early, clear driveways and walkways, and clean off cars early in the morning, neighbors might pay a bit for the convenience.

Generally, show snow shoveling pays around $21.84 per hour, but it’s more common to charge by the job. The flat rate makes it more convenient and predictable, which may encourage your neighbors to sign up for a recurring service. 

10. Fence Painter

Many homeowners want to give their fence a fresh coat of paint. This can be an opportunity for tweens, as it doesn’t require special equipment in most cases. Instead, attention to detail and some basic supplies are all that it takes, as well as ensuring the final look is even.

Typically, painters make around $12.56 to $25.92 per hour. However, 12-year-olds should usually aim at the low end of the spectrum since they likely don’t have much experience.

Rules for agricultural jobs are usually more flexible than for non-agricultural ones. However, there are restrictions regarding equipment use. Since that’s the case, 12-year-olds may have an easier time working as a picker than in most other positions.

Pickers help collect fruits and vegetables from fields or greenhouses. Usually, the process is pretty manual, but there may be some simple hand tools for speeding the job along.

I n most cases, pickers earn between $10 and $15 per hour. For a 12-year-old, that’s pretty solid.

12. Plant Sitter

Plant sitting is a straightforward job. You’ll spend your time taking care of a person’s plants while there away. Typically, that mainly involves following the right watering schedule. However, you might need to rotate potted plants to ensure every side gets time in the sun, add fertilizer, or even do some light trimming.

Generally, 12-year-olds should focus on neighbors for this kind of job, preferably those in walking or biking distances. As for what to charge, that may depend on the number of plants and how many visits are required while the people are away. However, something around $18.19 per hour might not be out of the question.

Technically, people of any age are allowed to act as long as the job follows specific rules. While it’s a difficult career to break into, it could be an option worth considering depending on where you live and the availability of work.

When it comes to pay rates, the median comes in at $23.48 per hour. Just keep in mind that competition for the roles may be fierce, so it may be wise to have a backup plan.

14. Housekeeper

For tidy 12-year-olds, getting some housekeeping gigs from neighbors could be a reasonable way to earn some extra cash on weekends or during the summer. It doesn’t require any dangerous equipment, and many cleansers are incredibly safe to use. Plus, pay of around $13.84 per hour is typical, and it’s easy to get recurring work if you do well.

Anyone can work as a tutor as long as they’re skilled at a subject and can assist others who are struggling with the topic, including 12-year-olds. Plus, it pays pretty well, with tutors commonly earning around $17.53 per hour.

If you’re looking for online jobs for 12-year-olds, this might be an especially good fit. In many cases, it takes little more than a computer, internet connection, webcam, and video conferencing software to tutor someone remotely, making it a solid choice for 12-year-olds that need to work from home.

16. Elderly Sitter

In some cases, elderly individuals need a bit of company and support during the day. If complex medical needs aren’t part of the equation, then a 12-year-old may be able to find opportunities as an elderly sitter. They may help with everyday tasks or simply provide social support. In either case, they could make about $14.31 per hour, all while helping a senior live their best life.

For crafty 12-year-olds, making some money as an artist may be possible. Essentially, they could sell their creations, allowing them to earn a little cash.

Exactly how much they can earn depends on the type of art they create, their skill level, and how many pieces they can make in relatively quick succession. Additionally, how they sell may play a role, as well as the cost of supplies, shipping, and more.

Still, it’s an option worth exploring. Just be aware that most online platforms won’t allow minors to create accounts, so a 12-year-old may need a parent’s support to go this route.

18. Leaf Raking

During the fall, a simple option for 12-year-olds is leaf raking. It’s a service they can offer neighbors, and it doesn’t require much in the way of equipment. Usually, a rake and trash bags are all it takes to get started. However, it can pay around $15.98 per hour, which is certainly respectable.

19. Family Business

As mentioned above, 12-year-olds can’t work in most traditional jobs unless the company is wholly owned by a parent. However, if the parents do run a business, then a 12-year-old is allowed to perform most roles if they aren’t considered dangerous.

With this, the earning potential varies depending on the kind of business, the nature of the job, and other factors. Ultimately, it’ll be up to the parents to determine what they want to offer.

Putting It All Together

Overall, the list above outlines some of the best jobs for 12-year-olds around. Just make sure that you check local laws before diving in. As mentioned above, employment rules for minors vary by state. Since that’s the case, it’s crucial to see what limitations apply in your area first.

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