Ah, sunshine. The Spring season approaches, which means that we are finally going to be seeing more sunshine-y days than we have done for a few months. The building warmth, the summer sun and the constant need to get out into the fresh air is the perfect time to introduce the kids to a few outdoor games!
After time spent on screens and drawing indoors, the time has come to get out into the fresh air and enjoy having fun. The kids need to learn how to play away from the inside of the house – and the television – and they need to learn some group games that will make playtime so much more fun. The four games below are perfect for younger children, and you can get the whole neighborhood involved!
- Croquet With A Twist
Croquet is reminiscent of summer days and country fields. You may have seen it done with small hoops which you must knock a ball through to score points. Well, in our version, you use pool noodles or upright hula hoops to have the kids kick balls through the wickets! Design your own course with the noodles or hoops and use the garden center garden stakes to keep them secure. Kids then kick the ball through the course to a timer and the shortest time wins!
- Sidewalk Chalk Guessing Games
The best bit about this game is that it’s so cheap to create. All you need is some fat sidewalk chalk and a little imagination! Draw some large shapes on the driveway in a variety of colors, then shout out the color and shape for your children to run to and assign them points for each color they remember to step on. This game requires the kids to take turns rather than having a mad dash as a group to a shape. It’s a great way to get the little ones used to both color and shape recognition.
- Dust Off The Old Cornhole Set!
You can bring back a little nostalgia with your old Cornhole set from when you were a child here. Get the board cleaned up and use https://www.cornholeworldwide.com/cornhole-wraps/ to re-wrap the board, so it’s as good as new. Buy some new bags for the kids to throw and explain the rules of Cornhole so that they can all get involved. It’s one of the best summer games to play, so it’s best to get practice in now!
- Set Up A Mud Run
Spring weather is still temperamental, so when you have a sunny day following a rainy one, you have the best time to set up a mud run for the kids. A DIY obstacle course with hoops, boxes or hay bales can be great fun. In the end, add a mud pit (just a paddling pool with mud and water!), and the kids can really get mucky. Prizes should be awarded for the muddiest finisher and the fastest time.
The great outdoors is waiting to bask your children in the sunshine – don’t forget the sunscreen!