Whether you are organising a birthday bash for young charges or are just planning how to keep them entertained throughout the summer holiday, here are 10 simple and fun summer games to try out in the back garden.
It’s a fete classic that retains a simplistic charm that generation after generation of children continue to adore. You can buy a dedicated set or cobble it together with children’s toys. An inflatable paddling pool is the perfect setting for the game, filled with water and bath time rubber ducks. A fishing net can be used in lieu of a hook and challenge the kids to catch as many ducks as they can in a minute. The game is ideal for the younger kids, improving their dexterity and spatial awareness.
Trampoline Spelling Bee
Just because it is the summer holidays doesn’t mean that kids can’t partake in educational games. An All Round Fun trampoline spelling bee helps aid memory, rhythm and spelling skills. Ideal for kids of infants school age, challenge them to spell words they have been taught throughout the previous school year. Asking them to say each letter with a bounce will help their rhythm and provide an additional fun challenge.
This is just one spelling game exercise you and the kids can do to keep them sharp over the summer.
Getting kids to eat fruit can sometimes include a little coercing, so turning it into a game can be invaluable. Write a number on the stickers of a few pieces of fruit and then ask children to draw numbers from a hat. The lucky children will then be awarded the piece of fruit which corresponds with the number that they chose. The guise of a reward will make the fruit more appetising, even for kids who prefer their fruits in Opal form.
This is a fun game that can help kids of all ages improve their aim, spatial reasoning and dexterity. Any playthings that are hoop-shaped can be used to toss around a vertical pole. Keeping score will help encourage kids and teach them about the importance of healthy competition. Allowing them to keep score themselves can encourage honesty and improve memory.
The beauty of obstacle courses is their adaptability to the age and ability of the participants. That means that you can make a simple and fun obstacle course for 3 year olds or make a more complicated and intense course for a 10 year old. Implement some of their favourite activities in an obstacle course. If they enjoy tennis, make one leg of the course a section where they have to keep a tennis ball in the air using a racket. Or if they enjoy water, make one leg a fun boat race.
Mini Golf Holes
Build your own crazy golf course in the back garden. A raised plywood ball with a hole cut in can be used as a basic course. Implement features for the children to avoid as they aim for a hole in one to customise the challenge to the ability of the participating kids.
Wet Sponge Throw
Perfect for a cool day; give kids a chance to get their own back on parents by soaking sponges in water and challenging them to throw the sponges at a participating adult. Kids will love the chance to soak an authority figure with water. This game can also help kids improve their aim and spatial awareness.
Dress-Up Relay Race
Make a relay race more fun for kids by giving it a silly, ‘dress-up’ edge. At the end of each child’s lap, they must put on a new item of silly clothing. The kids will enjoy the competitive challenge and seeing each other put on daft hats and oversized jumpers. Running races are good exercise for children and will teach them a respect for health competition.
Any of our swimming pools, found here, would make a fantastic setting for a family game of water volleyball. A simple rope across the diameter of a swimming pool makes a perfect separation for either side to play on either side off. Players of all ages can get involved with the game, even the youngest will enjoy simply splashing about.
Add a touch of competition to building sandcastles by challenging the kids to see who can make the tallest structure. This can help children understand very basic physics as they begin to decipher why top-heavy structures crumble.