Modern children spend more time in front of a computer or TV screen and less time playing outside. Getting your child outdoors and exercising will help her stay fit, prevent obesity and learn how to work with other children. Make summer vacation fun and healthy with summer fun games for your kids. Outdoor games are suitable for all ages of children and a great way to spend time together as a family.

Big Foot Relay
Big foot relay is a race game that is suitable for children ages 5 and up. Take two shoeboxes and tape the lids closed. Cut a hole in the top of both to fit a child’s feet. Do this for each child. Separate the children into two teams and have team A race against team B, one player at a time, wearing the shoeboxes. This is a fun game that gets lots of laughs.

Pickle is an outdoor game played with two bases, one softball, two softball gloves and at least three children. Set the two bases in a straight line about 15 to 20 feet apart. Two children are selected as “It” and each child takes a position at a base. The other kids form two groups. One group is positioned at each base. The two “It” kids start throwing the ball back and forth. The object of the game is for the other kids to run back and forth between the two bases without being tagged by an “It” kid with the ball. If the kid is tagged at the base when the “It” kid has the ball, he becomes the new “It” kid and his tagger joins the other group.

Mini Golf Tournament
Backyard miniature golf is fun for kids and adults. Mini golf can be set up for kids, the family or as a neighborhood kids party game. Kids love mini golf and it is easy to set up in your backyard or in a neighborhood park. For a summer game for all the kids on the block, a neighborhood mini golf playoff can be arranged in advance. Kids go from house to house playing in each of the mini golf courses. Wading pools can be used for sand traps, hoses can be used as pathways and cardboard cutouts can provide fun cartoons to hit the ball through. Families go house to house and play three or four holes. Each hole is scored and prizes are given out at the end to the players with the best score.

Hot summer days call for fun water games, and splashdown is fun for kids of all ages. It is sponge toss game that can turn into a water battle complete with excessive giggling and soaked clothing. Only a few items are needed: small plastic buckets, large car sponges and water. Each child gets a bucket filled with water and a sponge. Position the kids about 8 feet apart with the buckets in front of them. The trick is to throw your sponge into the opposing player’s bucket filled with water and splash them. Each splashdown is worth one point. The player who gets 10 points, or however many points you decide, wins.

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