Games to Keep Your Family Active this Summer

Outdoor games

Disc Golf

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Set your course! Play disc golf using regular plastic discs, and make up the course as you go. First choose a safe target such as a large tree trunk or an empty picnic table. Each player gets her own disc and takes turns trying to hit the target. Keep track of how many throws it takes to hit the target. (You may want to write down the scores.) Once everyone has hit the first target, choose a new one. Keep playing until you’ve completed nine rounds. Remember: in golf the person with the lowest score wins.

Tee Time

Tea Time

In this challenge, two players compete against each other at a time. Place several golf tees in a line about six inches apart. Set up a second line of tees a few feet away from the first. Place a table tennis ball on each tee. Each player gets a spray bottle and lays on the ground a few feet behind a group of golf tees. On “Go!” each player uses the spray bottle to knock the balls off the golf tees. The first player to hit all her targets wins and challenges a new player. Keep playing until you have a champion.

Balloon Race

Ballon-Race

 

In this challenge, two players compete against each other at a time. Place several golf tees in a line about six inches apart. Set up a second line of tees a few feet away from the first. Place a table tennis ball on each tee. Each player gets a spray bottle and lays on the ground a few feet behind a group of golf tees. On “Go!” each player uses the spray bottle to knock the balls off the golf tees. The first player to hit all her targets wins and challenges a new player. Keep playing until you have a champion.

Splish Splash Race

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It’s a splashy race to the finish! Punch a hole in the bottom of a paper cup. Thread a length of string (a few feet long) through the cup. Repeat with a second cup and string. Hang the strings alongside each other. Race each other two at a time by using squirt bottles to move your cups from one end of the strings to the other.

Treasure Hunt

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Explore the outdoors and see what you can find. Before you begin, divide into pairs and give each team a piece of paper and a pen. Brainstorm a list of nature items that all teams must find (see example list). Set a timer for five minutes. Gather as many of the listed items as you can. When time’s up, regroup and share what you found. The team with the most items from the list wins. Try assembling what you’ve found in a cool collection or arrangement and take photos of your creations. (Bring some construction paper or scrapbook paper for a backdrop.)

Example Treasure Hunt List

• 2 blades of grass • 4 wood chips

• 1 heart-shaped rock • 1 fallen flower petal

• 2 different leaves • 3 pinecones

• 1 clover • 1 fuzzy dandelion

Luck Of The Draw

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Each team gets a stack of playing cards and places it facedown in front of them. On “Go!” the first player from each team turns over a card. If the card is a number, it’s the partner’s turn to flip a card. If it’s a face card, the player has to follow these instructions for her card before her turn is over:
Jack: Do 10 jumping jacks.
Queen: Do a yoga pose and hold it for 10 seconds.
King: Hop on one foot 10 times. Switch and hop on the other foot 10 times.
Keep playing until you use up the entire deck of cards. The team that gets through its deck first wins.

 

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