Backyard Fun

So the kids have been out of school for a few weeks now and the excitement of summer is starting to ware off. Maybe you have even heard those dreaded words “I’m BORED”!!!! Noooooooo!!!! Why not come up with some creative activities that gets the kids out of the house and gets them some fresh air and exercise with these backyard activates.

Sprinklers– Some of my best childhood memories are turning on the back yard hose and running and giggling my way through the sprinkler. This is a great way to cool off on those summer days

Bug Races– Capture a roly-poly, ladybug, caterpillar or whatever other critter you can find in your yard. Line them up and send them off and see which bug wins!

Paint the Fence– You can either use sidewalk chalk or butcher paper taped to the fence to paint a mural.

Build a Fort (or set-up a tent)- Camp in the backyard under the stars

Twister– Using spray paint, paint a twister board for some twisted family fun

Ghost in the Graveyard– Pick someone to be the “ghost. Hide while the kids count to 100 at the “base.” Then they fan out in search of the ghost. When one of them discovers your ghastly hiding place, he yells, “Ghost in the graveyard!” and all the kids sprint back to base. The child you catch becomes the new ghost.

Freeze Tag– The classic Tag game never gets old. When you’re “it,” the players you tag have to stay frozen wherever you tagged them. The other players can then tag them, which have the effect of “unfreezing” them until you get them again. The game ends if whoever is “it” manages the impressive feat of freezing everybody, or when any one player has been frozen three times (or five times for younger kids). At that point, he’s “it” and the game resumes.

Memory game Do a twist on any old “Memory” card game!  Take the card game and tape one of each card match to various spots around the yard (without your kids watching).  Then have each kid take a turn by picking one of the remaining cards and then searching the yard for its match.  They can find each card as a group too if they prefer.  If you don’t have the card game, you can use colored paper plates, construction paper, or anything else you have around the house. (Source: Examiner)

Kick Ball Croquet- Take the classic backyard croquet and add a kicking twist. Cut pool noodles in half down the middle and each pool noodle is enough to make up two arches. Use garden stakes to keep them in place on the lawn. Use a couple of kick balls and kick the ball through the course croquet style! First one to get their ball to the finish wins!!

Create a Backyard water-bed– Take a large piece of plastic tarp and fold it in half. Tape two sides down to the ground leaving one end open. Using the water hose fill the plastic with water. Tape the end closed and voila entertainment for hours. Even adults will enjoy jumping on the water-bed!

These activities are sure to help make your summer  AweMazing!

XOXO

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