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Outdoor Activities for Kids

While lockdown is in full swing, we've been lucky enough to soak up the beautiful sun and kids can endure in as much outdoor play time as possible. Parks, beaches and the usual activities may be out of the question but our back and front gardens can be turned into canvases for children’s play and imagination.

Water Balloon Baseball

Water Balloon Baseball

Depending on your child’s ability level, this is a great outdoor game to play, especially if the sun is shining!

All you need is:

  • Baseball bat
  • Water balloons 
  • Plastic tub
  • Hosepipe

How to do it:

  1. Grab either your t-ball set or just a baseball bat. 
  2. Pre-fill a bunch of water balloons.
  3. Put them in a laundry basket or plastic tub. 
  4. Then have a thrower and a batter and enjoy!
Chalk Obstacle Course

Chalk Obstacle Course

No matter what age your child is this is a great outdoor activity to get involved with and help them to learn literacy and numbers as well! 

All you need is:

  • Chalk 
  • Patio or drive 
  • Creativity

Method:

  1. Write out an array of gross motor movements in a sequence, like you would hop scotch.
  2. For instance: jump like a bunny x 3, hold tree pose on one side, walk on your hands and feet, jump on one foot, hold tree pose on the other side, jump on the opposite foot, twirl x 2, jump up and try touch the sky x 4.
  3. Then give them a sequence to do and let them enjoy!
Sardines

Sardines

This game is essentially a reverse version of hide-and-go-seek.

How to play:

  1. One person who is "it" hides and everyone else looks for him.
  2. Each player that finds "it" joins him or her in the hiding place.
  3. As the players find "it," one by one, they all crowd into the hiding place and end up packed together like sardines in a can (hence the name of the game). The last person to find the hiding place is the next one to be "it."
Red Light, Green Light

Red Light, Green Light

This is a simple and fun outdoor game that doesn’t require any setup or accessories. It’s great for a small or large group of kids.

How to play:

  1. One person is designated as the "stoplight." The stoplight stands with his back toward the other players, who stand about 15 to 20 feet away from him.
  2. The stoplight calls out "green light!" which signals the players to begin moving toward him. Then the stoplight yells, "red light!" and turns around. If any player is caught moving when the stoplight turns around, that player is out.
  3. The game is over if all the players are out before anyone reaches the stoplight or if someone tags the stoplight. If a player reaches the stoplight, that person gets to be the stoplight in the next game.
Kitchen Utensil Bubbles

Kitchen Utensil Bubbles

Go through a kitchen drawer and collect slotted spoons, fly swatters, spatulas, and anything else that has holes to make bubbles. 

All you need:

  • Kitchen Utensils
  • Washing up liquid
  • Water
  • Big bucket

How to do it:

  1. Firstly make up a bubble solution with washing up liquid and water in a big bucket.
  2. Then collect as many utensils that will create the best bubbles,
  3. Finally, put them in the solution and see who can make the biggest bubbles!
Toy Obstacle Course

Toy Obstacle Course

This is a brilliant way to get the kids out in the garden and adding a little bit of competitiveness as well!

All you need:

  • Hula hoops
  • Toy tunnel
  • Cones 
  • Pylons
  • Anything else you can think of

What you need to do:

  1. Encourage your children to organize the obstacle course in a fun and challenging way.
  2. Then give them a time to do it in and perhaps a prize for a winner.
Keep The Balloon Up

Keep The Balloon Up

It’s not a party without balloons, and they provide an opportunity for a fun game beyond just being part of the party decorations!

All you need:

  • Balloons

How to do it:

  1. Save some of your balloons for a classic game of keep it up.
  2. You’ll definitely get caught up in the game as you try to beat your records for how many hits it takes to keep the balloon up in the air for the longest amount of time! 
Playing with Water

Playing with Water

An old childhood favourite is always playing with water and grass and other bits you can find in the garden!

All you need:

  • Water
  • Grass, plants, mud etc.
  • Pots and Spoons

How to do it:

  1. Firstly get out any pots, pans and utensils you don't mind being used in the garden.
  2. Then get jugs of water.
  3. Then allow the children to add any grass or mud and mix them with the water.
  4. They can make up their own restaurants or cafes with creating grass soup or mud pie!
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