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Fun for Kids in the Great Outdoors
Thursday, June 06, 2013 6:00:00 AM
With the weather heating up, there’s nothing better than
getting your kids to head outside and play in the sun. There’s no end to the
amount of outdoor games for your little ones, and a little bit of imagination
will go a long way. Here are a few kids’ activities you can try for some fun in
– Remember how much fun you used to have in the schoolyard hopping on one
foot while singing silly rhymes? Draw a few squares in the street and share
your memories with your own children. Hop forwards, hop backwards, and show
them all the variations you can think of.
riding – Whether your child’s testing their first set of training wheels,
or flying down the street on their own cruiser, riding a bike can provide
endless amounts of fun. You can hop on your cycle too and take a family tour of
the neighborhood. Just be sure to wear your helmets!
rope – If hopscotch makes you nostalgic, then jumping rope should carry you
right down memory lane. You don’t need a special jump rope for this. All you
need is a long enough piece of rope, a few old rhymes to teach your kids, and a
pair of quick feet. You can do this one-on-one with your child, or you can
bring the whole block for a neighborhood game.
in the Water – If there’s a local pond or creek in your area, you wouldn’t
believe how much fun you can have! Take your child there on a hot day and let
them explore the shallow part under your supervision. Point out all the
different things you can see beneath the surface. And if it’s allowed, bring
some crackers or chips and feed anything that’s daring enough to come close. Tossing
some crumbs in the water can attract anything from fish to ducks, and will
surely fascinate your youngsters.
soccer, or just playing catch – Balls come in all shapes and sizes, and can
turn a boring day into an all-day game. If your child isn’t used to playing
games, start with a simple game of catch to turn them onto the idea. If they’re
a regular sports star, let them have fun by practicing pitching with you, or by
seeing how far apart you can stand and still throw the ball. If you’ve got a
soccer ball on your hands, playing a game of pass or seeing how far you can
kick it can be fun activities. And once you get a few kids involved, a ball can
turn into a game with any rules they want!
If you’re looking for more ideas for games, try asking your
child what they do at school during recess, and have them bring the fun to your
own backyard. If they need more kids to make it fun, ask them to invite their
friends back home after school and let the fun begin!