Thinking back only a few decades ago children actually played outdoors during the summer. Parents didn’t have as many worries and no matter where you were children lined the streets and yards playing a variety of things that stemmed from imagination and creativeness. Whatever happened to those days? What happened to going outside to play games with your friends like hide and seek and marco polo in the swimming pool, even if the water was only two feet deep?
Here are a few ideas to get your kids out of the house and into the great outdoors for fun in the sun like the good ol’ days. If anyone else has a suggestion feel free to add in a comment. There is no need to stay cooped up indoors. There is plenty of time to do that in the winter months.
1. Hide and Seek – Gather as many friends as possible. The more the better. Make sure you set rules as to where the limits of hiding are as some children may not be able to go as far as others, so be fair. Parents: don’t hesitate for one second, you know you want to play to. Go on! Get out there and have some fun with your kids!!
2. Water balloons – You can never get bored with these. Whether its a game of toss, to see who goes the longest without dropping their balloons or if its just waiting for the right time when the certain person isn’t looking and you soak them!
3. Flashlight Tag – This game is necessary to play in the dark. Gather all your friends and flashlights and set out to play the funnest game in the dark.
4. Lemonade Stand – Be fair in prices. Yes, it is 2010 but the point is to have FUN!
5. Children’s Yard Sale – Parents, help your kids gather up old toys and clothes they don’t mind getting rid of. Then make a few sign to place around your neighborhood. Keep in mind you want other children to see them so be colorful and grab their attention. Take a walk or bike ride with your child(ren) and post the signs. (Remember where you placed them so you can go get them when the sale is over.) Let you child(ren) know that when the sale is over the money is there’s to keep and then you make arrangements to take them to buy something new that they may like. Allow them to be in charge of the money and help out when needed. (Don’t try to take over, this will only cause them to become bored quickly.)
6. Freeze Tag – Their are various forms so be creative and just have FUN!
7. Kick the Can – An empty two liter bottle should do the trick but you can use any plastic container of your choice. Make sure you chose a safe distance from windows or anything that can be broken and safe enough from cars. Chose someone to be ‘IT’. This person kicks the can as far as possible while the others run and hide. When the can hits the pavement the person who is it retrieves and brings it backt to home base and then counts to 50. This gives each person enough time to hide. After ‘IT’ has finished counting the hunt begins. Who ever they find first they shout their name letting others know that someone has been found. Another popular phrase to use is “olly olly oxen free.”
8. Marshmallow Fling – After the sun goes down one popular thing to do is roast marshmallows. But what happens to the really burnt ones that noone wants to eat? Gather up the kids and get ready to be sticky!! Using the really burnt marshmallows place them on sticks, line kids up and begin flinging!!! The person to fling their the farthest wins. You can create prizes also if you have a lot of kids playing.
There are so many endless possibilties of what you can do to cure that summertime boredom and leave the technology indoors!! Here’s to bringing back summertime outside!!!!
Below is a couple related links that also have some great outdoor summertime fun!!!