5 Backyard activities for kids

16 Jan

During the long summer holidays, none of our regular activities (play group, kindygym, bible study) are on, so we are left with warm sunny days and nothing to do.  Luckily, today’s guest post is here to give us some ideas:

Kids need to get outdoors and play. It’s great for their health and their creativity and imagination. You don’t need to go to any expense; kids have the charming ability to make their own fun. Many children can entertain themselves, whilst others will want the company of friends or siblings. Make sure there is a shady spot if the kids are spending a long time in the backyard. If not, make sure they have hats and sunscreen on. Also make sure they keep well hydrated, as having fun can be exhausting!

Outdoor games

The ever reliable backyard games of cricket, tag and brandy are great fun. You can add some new additions to outdoor fun by organising a scavenger hunt. Hide items around the yard and see who finds the most. Put up a list of items you have hidden. Older kids might enjoy something more challenging like an obstacle course where you paddle the length of the pool, commando crawl under a table, skip several times and throw balls into a bucket.

A backyard camp out

Let the kids help you pitch a tent. Supply them with bedding and torches. You could even toast some marshmallows on skewers over a tea light candle. Make sure to always supervise this activity. Don’t be surprised if, as the dark night closes in, they decide to jump into their bed inside! They may prefer to use the tent to play in during the daytime.

Hannah and Daniel love it when I set the tent up in the backyard.  And sometimes when we're bored and it's rainy, we set it up in the living room.

Hannah and Daniel love it when I set the tent up in the backyard. And sometimes when we’re bored and it’s rainy, we set it up in the living room.

Gardening

If you have kids who are curious about veges and fruits, why not get them started on a small raised garden bed or growing in a pot? Put gloves on and let them fill the pot with soil. You can purchase seeds or punnets of young shoots. This is an ongoing activity where they can water, weed and tend to the plants until they bear fruit. They will have great delight in picking and eating fresh produce.

Our kids are helping me with my new veggie garden.  They can't wait for our two kinds of heirloom beans to be ready for eating.

Our kids are helping me with my new veggie garden. They can’t wait for our two kinds of heirloom beans to be ready for eating.

Set up a craft table

Give children the largest cardboard box you can find and be assured that their imagination will soon have it made into a cubby, a fort or a pirate ship! Set up a table with a plastic cover and have a supply of paper, paints, and coloured markers for children to create with. Brave parents may let their kids make coloured footprints or handprints!

Water play

If you have a pool, the children will find ways to entertain themselves. If you don’t have a pool, an inflatable pool will give just as much fun. Provide some funnels, plastic bottles, scoops, in fact, anything that will hold water, and watch how much fun they will have pouring and splashing about. Always make sure the pool is kept in crystal clear condition. Alliance Pool Stores can help with any pool requirements you may have.

It is easier than you think to keep kids entertained in a backyard. Younger ones can often get overexcited and tired, so make sure to give them snack breaks where they can have a bit of a rest. Keep backyard play going for as long as you can. It’s a great memorable experience for them and one day they will grow out of it.

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4 Responses to “5 Backyard activities for kids”

  1. chicachicababies January 16, 2014 at 6:46 am #

    Love the tent inside! We have to get creative during winter. I go to great lengths to let my kids do “outdoor” play inside!

    • Mommy Adventures January 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

      I think the obstacle course would be good inside too :)

  2. Clotilde/Craftybegonia January 28, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    Love the idea of the camp-out! If it was in winter, I would add some story-telling and maybe turn the lights low and put a container with candles on the floor to pretend there is a camp fire and have fun telling lots of stories and spending some quality time. You have great ideas. Hope many follow them.

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