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Summer Water Games For Kids

Posted by on Aug 5, 2012 in Family Fun | 12 comments

Celebrate summer with these fun water games your kids will love!! You probably already have all the items you need so what are you waiting for? 🙂

1. Water Balloon Relay

Fill balloons with water – two for each child. Divide them equally into two buckets. Have the kids line up away from the buckets and on your word, the first player from each team runs to their bucket, puts a balloon on the floor and bounces on it until it bursts. Then they run back to their team and tags the next player. The team that pops all their balloons first is the winning team.

2. Ice Action

Fill an ice cube tray and put it in the freezer long enough to form a thin crust of ice at the top, maybe about 20-25 minutes. Poke small action figures into the ice and put them back in the freezer until the ice is solid. Now it’s race time!! Bring them outside and use a slide or smooth board to race them.

3. Ice Pick Up

Put a bag of ice cubes in kiddie pool and give each player a bowl. In the word “Go”, each player uses their feet to take out the ice cubes and transfer them to their bowl. Who ever gets the most ice cubes in their bowl in five minutes is the winner. If the ice melts in the bowl, measure water to determine the winner.

 

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8 Unique Outdoor Games for Kids

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Family Fun, import | Leave A Comment

outdoorsAlthough much anticipated, summer break can seem like an eternity for kids.  Below is a list of fun ideas to keep your little one occupied all summer long. And remember: summertime or weekend activities don’t have to be elaborate. Penny Warner’s book Kids’ Outdoor Parties contains a multitude of great ways to get your child outside and active.

 

Big Foot Relay

This game requires two shoeboxes (per child), tape and scissors.  Have your child tape the lids onto the boxes.  Then, cut a one-inch wide and four-inch long slit on both tops. Have the participants slip their feet into the slits and race.

 

Batty Bowling

Have your child find a number of zany or silly items that can be easily knocked over by a ball, such as cups, action figures, books, cereal boxes and a bathroom trash can. Line them up like you would bowling pins and let your child try to knock them over with a beach ball, tennis ball or golf ball.

 

Name-It Ball

Have all of the participants make a circle and give one player a rubber bouncy ball. Let one of the players pick a category like “breakfast cereals.”  The kids will start passing the ball to other members of the circle. When a child receives the ball, they must name off a breakfast cereal (Rice Krispies, Captain Crunch, Cookie Crisp, Lucky Charms, etc.) If a member of the circle receives the ball but cannot name off a breakfast cereal, they are out of that round. They are also “out” if they hold the ball for too long or repeat an item that another player has said already. Be sure to remind them that they have a million chances to win with other categories, like candy bars, board games and pop stars.

 

Frisbee Tower

Get together a bunch of small Frisbees and put them in a pile in the middle of the yard. Have the participants divide up the Frisbees until they all have an even amount. The game starts with the first player putting his or her Frisbee on the ground. The next player will place his or her Frisbee on top of the first and so on and so forth. This continues until the tower gets too heavy and falls over.

 

Blind Walk

This game requires a bandana or something to make a blindfold with, as well as a variety of objects to make the obstacle course. Make an obstacle course with any household or outdoor items (garden hose, watering can, buckets, etc.) from one end of the yard to the other. Allow the children to scan the obstacle course for a few seconds and have them walk blindfolded through the course, one by one.

 

Pick Pocket Tag

This game, also known as “flag tag,” requires several strips of cloth. Have each child stick a strip of cloth in their back pockets. The players should try to collect as many cloth strips from other players as they can. The player with the most strips at the end of the game wins.

 

Kill the Cockroach

Split the participants up into two teams and have each team form a line. Place an odd object – sock, empty can, plastic cup, etc. – in front of both starting players. They should kick the object all the way across the yard until they reach the finish line. The person who gets there first scores a point for his or her team.

 

Drag the Body

This game isn’t as sinister as it sounds. Divide the participants up into two teams, providing each team with a blanket. Instruct a player from each team to lie down on the blanket. The teams will drag the person on the blanket to one end of the yard, trying to beat the other team to the finish line.

 

Gather the neighborhood kids and get outside.  Your fun ideas will quickly get you voted coolest neighborhood parent – a unanimous opinion from parents and kids alike!

Blogger Doug Adams loves spending time with his family.  This summer, the family’s favorite outdoor activity is cornhole (this site provides their supplies).

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Simple Outdoor Summer Games For Kids

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in Family Fun | 5 comments

Simple summer days….don’t you love them? Easy meals, relaxed fun with family and friends, a carefree feeling in the air.

Here’s a few outdoor games for your family to try. You probably have a=most, if not all of the items needed. Get your camera out and grab a few silly shots!

1. Noodle Toss
Hang a hula hoop from a tree and see who can toss a pool noodle through it. Have a starting line and when you get the noodle through you take a step back. The player who is the farthest away is the winner.

2. Rubber Band Hunt (good for the beach)
Hide an odd number of colored rubber bands in a pile of sand. Give each player a chopstick. On the word “Go”, each player uses their chopstick to dig through the sand to skewer the rubberband. The one with the most is the winner.

3. Relay In The Rain
Form two teams with an equal number of players. Each team gets two buckets, one empty and one full of water and a plastic cup with three holes in the side. Set the empty bucket near the finish line. At the word “Go”, the first player from each team fills the cup with water, holds it over his head and runs to the finish line. When he reaches the bucket, he dumps the rest of the water in it, runs back to his team and the next player goes. The team with the most water in their finish line bucket is the winner.

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