It’s that time of year again!
You know what I’m talking about.
The time of year when the sun starts shining and there’s no snow.
The perfect time of year for some outdoor fun for families!
I love having a large family! Especially now that some of the kids are getting older and can play more games. And actually follow the rules.
Here’s Four of Our Family Favorites for Outdoor Fun!
1. Hide and Goal Seek
In this variation of hide and seek, one person counts while the other go and hide just like normal.
But, when the seeker starts to look, the hiders have an objective.
They try to make it back to home base before the seeker touches them. It definitely adds an active element to this game, and eliminates a lot of the waiting around.
We had to make a house rule for no “puppy-guarding.” That means the seeker has to actually go seek. She can’t just stand in front of base and wait to tag people.
It’s such a fun game, and the kids are starting to develop some strategy. They’re beginning to work together to outsmart the seeker.
2. Soccer, of Sorts
My husband really enjoys kicking a soccer ball around. So do the kids.
But, most of them are still too young to actually play a whole game. We’ll work on that in the future. For now, we play this version. It really gets everyone moving!
We pick a goal. We’ve used lawn chairs, a ride-on toy, or any number of other things to make our goal.
One person goes first and tries to get the ball through the goal (or touching the goal depending on what the goal is!)
Everyone else tries to stop the kicker. The other players can work together, or all play as individuals.
If a player gets the ball away from the original kicker, the new kicker tries to make a goal.
Everyone keeps track of her own goals, and the first person to 10 is the winner.
When a goal is made, we rotate kickers–usually starting with the youngest and going through to the oldest.
3. Boat Building
We’re blessed with a creek on the property. That means we can do some water play on a regular basis.
I love to partner the kids up into two-person teams, and ask each team to make a boat. They can only use items that are outside already.
We’ve had some great boats made of leaves and sticks, and others made from scrap wood that was in the barn. This game really gets the creativity going!
Once the boats are ready, we walk down to the creek and drop them in the water. We head downstream, and see which boat clears the finish line first.
4. Training Camp
Similar to follow the leader, this game gives everyone a chance to be in charge.
The leader is the trainer. The trainer gets to put everyone else through training exercises.
We’ve had stick sword throwing events, were asked to fling fallen apples as far as we could, and participated in running competitions.
Anything goes as long as it’s not dangerous!
After everyone has a chance to compete at the exercise, we switch leaders.