Are you and your family feeling restless and tired of the same dull routine? Rest assured: we’ve rounded up six of our favorite backyard games to help banish quarantine boredom while the weather’s still warm. These activities are not only fun for all ages, but most can be played using stuff you already have at home.
1. DIY Water Park
Although your kids may be bummed that their favorite theme park is currently off-limits, you can easily transform your yard into a water park for the ultimate staycation. Beat the heat by creating an outdoor play space using a garden hose, baby pool, sprinklers or some water balloons. For some truly awesome backyard water park ideas from Bob Vila, click here.
2. Chalk Art
This inexpensive activity lets you channel your inner artist — with no cleanup required! All you need is a box of sidewalk chalk and your imagination to transform your patio, driveway or sidewalk into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. This is also a great hands-on way to boost little ones’ knowledge of their ABCs and 123s. For 101 genius sidewalk chalk games and educational activities from What Moms Love, click here.
3. DIY Obstacle Course
Have fun and stay fit by building a backyard obstacle course. All it takes is a little prep plus some items you already have on hand including jump ropes, hula hoops and patio furniture. Design safe and simple activities such as kicking a ball between two posts or chairs, crawling under a rope and jumping over flower pots. Use sidewalk chalk to create a hopscotch court. Divide the family into teams and get ready for hours of outdoor fun.
4. Outdoor Tea Party
Take your tea party to the next level by bringing it outdoors. Have fun prepping by baking cookies, making finger sandwiches and whipping up a batch of iced tea or lemonade. Build anticipation for the big day by having kids design their own invitations for other family members in advance. To make the celebration even more special, dress up in something fancy and create a cute spread using a patio table or picnic blanket.
5. Nature Scavenger Hunt
Have a blast while getting in touch with nature. Simply create lists of common backyard items for your kids to find. Think of specific types of flowers, leaves and insects, sticks, rocks, spider webs, a flower pot, a garden hose — get creative. Write the words out to help kids learn to spell, or draw pictures of the objects for little ones who can’t yet read. The first child to find all the items on the list wins. Or take the fun up a notch by listing the items on a grid, so that the first one to find all the items in a row wins by calling “BINGO.”
6. DIY Backyard Bowling
Your local bowling alley may be closed, but you can still have a ball in your own backyard. All you need are 10 empty soda bottles plus a few supplies you probably already have at home to make your own backyard bowling set. Click here for an easy step-by-step tutorial from PBS Kids. This activity is as much fun for your family to make as it is to play. And, best of all, the fun can continue indoors after the weather cools down.
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