Welcome summertime this year with a return to old fashioned outdoor living. Dust off the barbeque cooking fork, bring the hammock out of storage, and plan to have a variety of outdoor games on hand to make the most of the beautiful summer season.
One great activity your young ones will enjoy time after time is parachute play. Available in multi-colours with handles, play parachutes allow several children to join in the games by simply grabbing on. Jump-rope rhymes, over and under, hide and seek are all parachute play favourites. What a wonderful way for the younger set to play in the sunshine, get some exercise, and learn cooperation with their friends!
If a summertime birthday is coming up, it is easy to set up some great garden games in advance which will keep the birthday kid and company busy whilst you are preparing treats. Bean bag toss requires only an upright board with holes and some colourful palm-sized bean bags. A sack-racing course is a matter of a starting line, a finish line, and some burlap bags. You might want to enlist the help of an older brother or sis to time the races with a stopwatch, or simply stand by to declare the winners.
For ‘tweens and teens, a few sessions of beach blanket Twister fits the bill, complete with inflatable dice advance the play. Add some cordial and biscuits to help them refuel, and the game could continue until the sun goes down!
The accomplished sports enthusiasts among your brood will enjoy a challenging game of croquet on the garden lawn, or for something new and interesting, why not set up a miniature Frisbee golf course to test the skills of the toughest competitor? Boules is another competitive outdoor activity which challenges the skill of the participants, and requires only the equipment and a flat expanse of lawn.
When things heat up at midday, turn on the sprinkler and everybody can make an end run to cool off. With lots of refreshing iced beverages and a bit of rest in the shade to regroup, your crew will be ready for round two by early afternoon. No shade trees in the garden? Not to worry–just set out a nifty pop-up sun shelter or two where your tribe and their guests can take a sun break. The Caribee Sun Shelter is the perfect choice for instant shade.
Grown-ups can enjoy summer in the garden as well. While the younger set is frolicking, why not set up a relaxing board game under the umbrella? Sip a tall cool drink while you give your brain a work-out, trying to trounce the competition with the highest score. Scrabble, Monopoly, cards, you choose. A little mood music on the portable CD player and adults can enjoy their own idea of summertime fun.