Remember those elementary school days when you couldn’t wait to get outside in the warm weather to play hopscotch and foursquare with the other kids? We certainly do!
Winter is officially drawing to a close. Now that the weather is getting nicer with each passing day, they’re anxious to go outside and play. If you’re struggling to think of fun activities that your kids can enjoy in the warmer weather, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.
First, make sure that if your kids are going to play outside that they’re going to be safe while doing it. Have them put sunscreen on before going outside. Even though it’s not yet summer, sunburns can happen any time of the year. If they’re going to be riding a bike or skateboarding, make sure they wear a helmet. Safety always comes first and foremost when planning outside activities.
So what are the latest outdoor games and activities you can enjoy with kids in the sunny weather. To be entered to win a giveaway prize this week, simply create a review for a children’s toy or any children’s product. This week we're also giving away a family pack of 4 tickets to the LittleMissAnn Concert in New York!
To get the list started one of our members has provided this brilliant idea, and if you like treasure hunts, you’ll love Geocaching.
· Cross Step: Draw a 10 x 10 grid on your driveway or sidewalk with chalk and have each player stand in a square. As each player moves, have him or her cross out the square they were standing in. The rules of the game state that you can’t step into a square that has already been crossed out. When a player can no longer take a step, they are out. The last player standing wins!
· Kick the Can:This classic game is a mixture of hide-and-seek and tag. One person is designated as “it” and a can or similar object is placed in an open space. All other players run and hide while “it” closes their eyes and counts to a predetermined number. “It” then tries to find and tag all of the players. Any player that is tagged gets sent to a holding pen that’s generally in plain sight of the can. A player who has not been caught can “kick the can” to set on of the caught players free. The game ends when all players have been tagged.
· Drop-and-Splat Painting: Before doing this activity, make sure your kids are wearing old clothes that you don’t mind having get stained. You’re going to need newspaper or a large piece of regular paper, plastic cups, water, straws, and food coloring. Fill several cups with water and take them outside. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup to make different colors, and then lay the newspaper or paper on the ground. Put a straw in one of the cups of water and place a finger over the top of the straw so the water won’t fall out. Hold the straw over the paper and release your finger from the straw so that water drops onto the paper. Have the kids experiment with releasing the water from different heights and seeing how the patterns will change.
· Giant Marbles:Collect as many different sized sports balls as you can find, then make a circle in the yard with rope or a hoola-hoop. Place the balls in the circle and spread them out a little. Standing about 10 feet away, players will use one ball as the “shooter” and will take turns rolling the ball to try and knock as many balls out of the ring as they can without the player’s ball going out of the ring. If a player knocks any balls out of the ring, they get to keep them and roll again. The game ends when all the ball have been knocked out of the circle, and the player with the most balls collected wins.
· Shark: Create “dens” on the ground out of hoola-hoops or towels. One child is the “shark” and all others are “fishes”. Have the fishes start out standing in a den and when the shark says “Fishes, fishes cross my ocean”, the fishes must move to a different den. If they are tagged by the shark while moving to a different den, they too become a shark. You can take dens away as the game progresses to make it even harder to move from one to the other, and make it harder to stay in the “safe” zone.
Now we’d like to hear from you! What outdoor activities do you love to do with your kids? Are you excited to get outside with them now that the weather is warmer? Share with us some of you favorite outdoor activities in the comments below! To be entered to win one of our giveaway prizes this week, create a review for a children’s toy or any children’s product. Reviews must be submitted by 6pm EST on March 26th, 2012.
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My friends and I played double dutch.
We love walking down a creek and exploring nature.
Bubbles, Chalk, Flying Kites, water table, sand box, swing set., catch, little pool, sprinkler, always a fav. at our house! !!! !
We have a slide from Little Tykes for my 2-year old and it is the perfect outdoor and indoor toy. She climbs on top and it is her stage. Sliding down it by herself or with friends and figuring out all the different ways to go down it will keep her entertained. She will crawl in it, through it, on it and run all around it pretending that it is a rocket ship, boat or whatever her imagination will allow. On rainy days it is small enough to bring into our house which is perfect for Mom. It gives her an energy release and she gets to play her games once again inside. I can't imagine not having our Little Tykes slide, it has kept my daughter happy and active so many days already!
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I like to take my two year old grand daughter whom was born deaf outside and let her play chase. I will let her look at me and she will cover her eyes as if I cannot see her then run. Little does she know she is being watched closely. Then I will pretend I am trying to run fast and catch her. When I cannot she will start laughing so hard she falls into the grass and giggles. Then she will point up to the clouds and I will lay next to her and we make sign language to the animals she see's within the clouds. If there are no clouds while we play chase she signs water and tries to reach it. Then chase begins all over again. I remember as a child laying outside and making things out of the clouds and pretending I was on a cloud I could do that for hours, and now somehow my grand daughter seems to of picked that trait as I had never done or taught her how to do this. We love this game.
These products look like a lot of fun, I really like taking the kids to different parks to play and have picnics and I like taking them to different rivers or lakes to play in the water.
My favorite outdoor activity was swimming in the pool or playing tag outside and setting up an obstacle course in the backyard.
since i live in AZ it gets pretty warm early on in the year. my boys and i love to have water balloon fights its a fun and cheap way to stay cool in the desert sun.
My kdis and I enjoy Ghosts in the graveyard, (hide and seek, at night), red light - green light, simon says, and kick the can.
we love to play in our driveway with their scooters, playing bubbles, chalks, tug of war, swimming and collecting sea shells for our crafty mason jars this year.
we have a firefly/lighting bug party at least once a summer with another family and then often go chasing them one our own as well. Kids have a blast
ofcourse going to the park, my little girls also love making bubbles
I have always like riding a bike. My kids like blowing bubbles and going to the park
My kids love hopscoth and making bubbles and crayola chalk stick.