Children need to have some outdoor play to help reduce their gadget usage in a fun way. Playing games help them to mingle and socialize with their peers, and also keep their body healthy by running and sweating. It also helps them to work off excess energy before dinner time and bedtime.
Here are a few games that will keep them moving over the weekend!
A classic game that has entertained generations of kids is still fun for the kids today. Have someone count to 10 before they go looking for everyone else in the house! However, parents should remind children not to hide in cupboards in case they get stuck or they are forgotten and left behind!
This game is also flexible because children get to make up their own rules such as creating ‘Safehouses’ or count to a hundred.
2. Tag you’re it
This game is great for the outdoors with a group of children. It starts with someone being ‘It’ and they’ll chase down the next person to tag to be the next ‘It.’ The game only ends when everyone wants to stop running because they are all tired out!
Another game similar to tag is to get all the kids to sit in a circle and close their eyes with hands at the back. The first person to be ‘It’ will walk around with a handkerchief. He or she will pick the next ‘It’ by dropping the handkerchief on another kid’s open hands. The child who got the handkerchief should get up and start chasing the first ‘It.’ The first round ends when the first ‘It’ manages to run back to the other child’s empty spot in the circle. Now the second ‘It’ will pass the handkerchief to the next child.
It’s not the Premier League but the kids will believe they are! Get them a ball and build a makeshift goal. Next, get one of the kids to be the goalkeeper (or you can volunteer yourself!). The kids will know what to do next. They are going to start kicking!
Hopscotch is fun because you get to draw the grid using chalk on cement or by using a stick to draw on the sand. Number the squares from one to nine. Get the kids to find a rock that is good for tossing. Toss the rock onto Square 1. Hop with one foot or both feet (according to the grid) all the way to the end. Turn around and stop on Square 2. Balancing on one leg, pick up the rock on Square 1 and hop over Square 1 to the start. Continue the pattern and so on.
Children love this because they get to move and dance with their friends. Then when the music stops, they have to stand still. The person who moves or even let out a tiny giggle loses the game. The music can start back on and the game continues. This is a good activity for those who are not looking for competitive games but just to have fun.
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