Top Childhood Outdoor Games Your Child Should Try
Children are suffering in this modern day, from a lack of Vitamin D, causing bone deficiency and making them more susceptible to illness. There is also a huge rise of childhood obesity over recent years. By cutting down on TV and tablet time, and encouraging our children to play outside, we can help to combat both of these issues. Below you'll find some old classic games revisited and a few modern ones thrown in too.
A decade ago, seeing a kite being flown down your local park was a common occurrence. Nowadays, it is a rarity. Find a kite and teach your child how to fly it. You could even make your own to create a craft activity for your little ones too.
Grab some chalk, find a pavement and let your little one enjoy a classic game of hopscotch. If they bore of that, why not mix it up with human snakes and ladders and other games too. It's a great way to get your children jumping, and good that they can play alone or with friends.
Set up a treasure hunt for your children: from preschoolers to pre teens. All children love a treasure hunt. It's a great way to get their mind's working as they try to solve the clues, as well as getting them outside. You could even have a 'prize' at the end of the game, if you wish, such as an ice lolly or small toy.
From hand painting and colour mixing to sand volcanoes and mud pies, let your children get messy whilst playing. Allow them to create something, keeping their brains working, as well as stimulating their senses. The beauty of this being outside, is that it makes clearing up, a much simpler task for you.
Grab some water pistols and watch your children have great fun soaking each other in the garden or park. The adults can get involved too if they want to, no one is ever too old for a good old fashioned water fight!
It's amazing what fun can be had with a skipping rope. From simple skipping for one, to skipping games for two or more, it's an excellent way to keep fit, improve motor skills and have fun. You can have skipping competitions, remind yourself of some of the classic skipping songs or even use your rope for limbo and jumping competitions. If you're playing alone, why not see how much you can improve by each time, by keeping a log?
You don't need a crazy golf course to be able to enjoy the sport of mini golf. Find some plastic golf clubs, balls and holes and set up your own course in your back garden. Again, this game can be suitable for one or more children. Creating the course can be part of the fun.
Children love to play outside, come rain or shine, so find their waterproofs and continue, whatever the weather.