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Most years, the kids were just out of school by this time. But this year, due to COVID-19, most of the children have already been home for months. But now that they’re done with online classes, it’s officially summer. And even though many summer camps have been canceled and meeting up with friends is a bit tricky due to social distancing, you can still keep the magic of summer alive. And what better way to really feel the spirit of the season than to get outside and participate in some fun outdoor activities for the kids. These outdoor games and activities are the answer to the constant summer question of “Mom, I’m bored, what can I do?” Plus, they don’t require you to drive to the nearest park, get a group of friends together, or spend a ton of cash. You can just organize a scavenger hunt or an obstacle course in the backyard, and you are good to go. Good summer !
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Classic Checkers are always a fun game, but when you oversize them and play in the backyard, it’s even better. Make your own giant checkerboard pieces or get an official set.
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Slide and slide
On the hottest days of summer, there’s nothing like a slide to cool off. They’re easy to install, use, and clean, so all you need to do is prep the pipe and get ready for an afternoon of laughs.
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Tic-tac-toe isn’t just an indoor game. Take some chalk and play across the aisle. The winner gets the first dibs on a popsicle.
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If you’re feeling adventurous, set up a backyard net and play official games. But even without a volleyball net, you can practice your hitting, placing, and pointing skills in the court.
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Water balloon fight
A water balloon fight has it all: adventure, rivalry, deception, intrigue and of course some unexpected splash. It’s the perfect way to have fun and cool off on a hot day.
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Cornhole isn’t just a game you play during a tailgate. Get your kids together for some friendly competition while you get the grill ready. The loser helps you set the table.
What you will need: Cornhole game ($ 40, Amazon)
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Have your children draw chalk squares on the sidewalk to play hopscotch. Or set up hopscotch rings in the garden so they can jump barefoot.
What you will need: Hopscotch rings ($ 17, Amazon)
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Test your children’s flexibility with a limbo game. You can use a broomstick to challenge each person, while your partner (or grandma) helps you hold it.
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Blow up “Baby Shark” as they all scramble to find a chair. Make sure you have a consolation prize for each child who is excluded from the game.
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For kids who like a challenge, set up an obstacle course in the backyard and see how fast they can get through it.
What you will need: Set of plastic cones ($ 23, Amazon)
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Scavenger hunts are a fun way to test your children’s problem-solving skills as they compete for a prize.
What you will need: Treasure hunt box ($ 15, Amazon)
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If your children like sports or want to try new ones, let them play together in the garden. You can set up a goalie post with an old tent or get a portable basketball hoop.
What you will need: Portable basketball hoop ($ 75, Amazon)
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The great thing about tagging is that you don’t really need too many people or any kind of gear to play it. Siblings can just chase each other around the yard until they get tired.
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Tug of war
Gather the neighborhood children to play tug of war. You may have as many or as few children playing.
What you will need: Rope on the Rope ($ 13, Amazon)
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Water gun fights
On an even hotter day, have the kids put on their swimsuits and chase each other with water guns. Not only will they have fun and cool off, but they can also help water the garden.
What you will need: Water guns ($ 19, Amazon)
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Capture the flag
For older kids, capturing the flag is the perfect strategy game. After splitting into two teams, one team tries to steal the other’s flag at their base before returning to theirs.
What you will need: Hand flag ($ 3, Amazon)
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Hide and seek
You can play hide and seek with as few as three children and up to a dozen. Make sure you set a perimeter where they can hide so that the game isn’t too difficult.
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Put their basketball skills to the test by playing horseback. Each player must imitate the other’s basketball shot and if he misses, he is given a letter. The first to complete the word “horse” loses.
What you will need: Basketball ($ 30, Amazon)
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Type the can
Kick the can is similar to hide and seek in that one person is looking and the others are hiding. However, once a person is discovered, they must rush to kick the box before they are caught.
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Kickball is the perfect game to play with neighborhood kids. With just one ball, they can either play in the street (watching out for oncoming cars) or meet in someone’s yard. You only need a handful of kids or the whole family to come together to play.
What you will need: Kick-ball ($ 12, Amazon)
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