Parents, do you remember when we were kids? Before screens became so omni-present in our daily lives, summer was a time for simple, active games played outside. We think it’s time to bring some of those back! Summer vacation can easily turn into an endless marathon of TV or video games, with kids never getting enough exercise. Here are some simple, fun games from our childhood to play with your kids this summer.
- Hopscotch is deceptively simple, and great for younger kids who are still learning numbers. Draw your board on the sidewalk with chalk. Draw one box by itself, then two boxes together, then one, then two, etc. until you have ten boxes, and fill in the boxes with the numbers one through ten, in order. Toss a rock onto the board, and then have kids jump through the course, one foot in each box. Make sure they skip the number that got picked!
- Red Rover requires two teams of at least three or four people, so it’s great for making friends in the neighborhood. Each team lines up and holds hands, then calls for one member of the other team with the familiar chant “Red Rover, Red Rover, send [child’s name] right over.” That person runs towards them and tries to break through the line. If they do, they get to take one member of the team to their team. If they don’t, they join the other team. Whichever team runs out of people first loses!
- Capture the Flag needs more equipment than the others, but not much. Divide into two (or more!) teams, and make sure each team has a flag and a designated “zone.” Each team hides their flag in their zone, and then tries to find and capture the other team’s flag without getting tagged. The first team to bring the other team’s flag back to their base, without getting tagged, wins!
All these games get kids running around engaged in active play, and are good for hours of fun. When it’s too hot to play outside, join us at the Fun-E Farm in Kingston, NY! We have open bounce time seven days a week!