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Summer Games for the Backyard

We just passed Memorial Day weekend and summer is officially here!  It is the time when the weather is warm, kids are out of school and at home all day and you’re searching for fun things to do outside.  There are always parks nearby or some summer tourist attraction you can go see but you can’t do that every single day, no one has the time and it gets expensive.  Another option is to stay at home and find fun things to do outside for the whole family.  Let’s look at some summer games for the backyard.

Touch Football

Touch football doesn’t have to be strictly for Thanksgiving, you can play touch football anytime of the year.  That being said it might be easier to play on weekends when you can invite neighbors or extended family over for a barbecue and you have enough people to make up two teams.  It is great way to teach your kids the rules of the game and improve their skills.

Build a Soccer Field

This really isn’t as hard as it sound and you don’t need much in the way of equipment, just a couple of nets and a ball.  If you have a yard large enough for your kids to kick around a ball you can put nets at opposite ends of the yard and use landmarks to lay out the field.  The can practice things like dribbling, footwork and just trying to score some goals.

Hide and Go Seek

This is a classic game from your own childhood that you can teach your kids, no equipment needed.

Scavenger Hunts

If you want to keep the kids occupied for an afternoon then creating a scavenger hunt is a great way to do it.  You can hide random object in the yard along with having them look for common things found in the yard.  You can make backyard clues puzzles that they have to solve.   You can make this as easy or as challenging as you like, kids love solving puzzles.  They will be bugging you to do this all the time.  Here is some help putting together a scavenger hunt.

Swimming Pool

If you are fortunate enough to have a swimming pool in your backyard then you can make up some games for the pool too.  Create your own version of water polo or just have races to see who can swim to the other end of the pool the fastest.  You can practice learning new strokes or a variety of other games.  There is nothing like cooling off in the pool on a hot summer day!

These are just some of the summer games for backyards that you can try out.  Always remember to put on your sunscreen and to stay hydrated and of course, have some fun.

Fun Easter Activities

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Kids get so excited in the days leading up to the Easter holiday, they get extra time of school and the Easter bunny bringing chocolate bunnies doesn’t hurt either even though they are always curious about how easter eggs are made.  You’re probably looking for some activities to keep them occupied, but you want to find activities that are not only fun but educational as well.  There are plenty of activities they can do at home or at school that will let them learn and have fun at the same time.  Let’s look at some fun Easter activities

Easter Egg Crafts

There are tons of crafts you can do to get ready for Easter that kids of any age can do.  Making their own Easter cards is always fun, they can use different colored paper and stickers to create works of art for grandparents or anyone else.

Hands down the most common Easter activity is to decorate and color Easter eggs.  They can paint or dye Easter eggs and create different figures with their Easter eggs by painting faces on them.  Kids of all ages love to play with dyes and paint and this is an inexpensive albeit messy afternoon of fun.  Decorating eggs can be educational if you encourage them to try symmetrical patterns and bands of color.  Here are some ideas for decorating Easter Eggs

Puzzles and Games

After you are done making crafts then you might want to try some games or puzzles.  At that time of year there are going to be plenty of Easter themed games available at your local toy store.  You can grab some age appropriate jigsaw puzzles with pictures of the Easter Bunny or of Easter eggs.  Sit the kids down at the kitchen table and let them go to work!

Board games are also lots of fun and you might even want to create your own.  You can your children together can create your own board game, encourage them to be creative in both how the game is played and the actual setup of the game.  Scavenger hunts are also fun and you can even use the backyard to hide various things.  As long as the kids understand not to leave the yard, you can hide all kinds of things they will need to make crafts.

There are loads and loads of activities you can do with kids of all ages, you can take some of your favorite things and just introduce an Easter theme.  The important thing is that everyone has some fun.

Family Activities for Preschoolers

Busy parents know how hard it can be to keep kids busy and finding things to do seems like an exercise in futility.  Don’t despair we’ve all been in that boat and hopefully we can come up with some ideas for family activities for preschoolers.  Think back to the things that you used to like to do as a child, there’s no reason that your kids shouldn’t enjoy these activities too.  So let’s look at some things you can do as a family to keep those preschoolers occupied.


Music is a great idea and kids love music.  Music lessons are a great way to help them learn and to keep them occupied, you can play with a variety of instruments and allow them to be creative.  There is the social aspect to music as well, you can put together musicals, plays or just form a band.  You never know you could turn out to be the next Jackson 5.  Here are some ways to get toddlers interested in music.


Art is another fun activity for kids of all ages and it is another way they can learn how to express themselves.  Throw on some old clothes and pull out the finger paints.  You can hang the art they create on their walls and kids love getting dirty.  Art projects are a fun way to build their self-esteem and get them interested in learning in the future.


Sports and any physical activity is another thing the whole family can get involved in.  You don’t need much in the way of equipment you can make do with just a ball.  There are so many benefits to sports, it keeps kids healthy both physically and mentally.  It teaches kids all about teamwork and cooperation.  The social activity of sports alone is well worth the time spent.

It really doesn’t matter so much the activity that you choose the important thing is trying to do things together as a family.  You can try a variety of things you like before you hit on some favorites.  Don’t worry if your child hates art or playing soccer, they will develop their own interests as they grow up and they might not be activities that you enjoy.  There are programs that are available for preschoolers that you can enroll them into as well.  The point is letting them have some fun while they are doing them.

Family Reunion Activities

If your family is anything like mine then you probably have relatives scattered all over the country.  We move away to go to college or to chase a job opportunity or you may have relatives who have chosen to serve their country and military service takes them away.  Family reunions are hard to organize, but you want to make sure that everybody has fun when you do get together.  It is a time for the family get together and get to know each other again, to catch up and most of all to have a great time.

Reunion Activities

The activities will depend on the time of year and where the reunion takes place.  Activities are an easy way of bringing people together and if there are new family members it’s a good time to get to know each other.  The idea behind the activities is to allow everyone to participate from grandma right down to the youngest toddler.  Now let’s have a look at some ideas to help get the ball rolling.


You can play charades either inside the house in the evening or outside in the afternoons.  You can even play based on a theme and come up with your own list of things to act out.  This works for all ages and kids love acting out.

Story Time

This is a great activity for the evenings sitting around the campfire or around the fireplace.  You can ask everyone to think of a story ahead of time and keep them family friendly.  Try and think of a family story that is maybe a little embarrassing, but not too much.  Things that make good stories are how married couples met or something that the extended family may not know.

Scavenger Hunts

Kids in particular love scavenger hunts, you can make a list of specific items and make it as easy or as difficult as you like.  You can pair people up in teams and use it as way for people to get to know each other.  You can make a list of the things they need to find or you can add clues for them to figure out first.  Make sure that the kids know to stay nearby or within sight of the family.

There are plenty of activities you can find to do with your family with a simple Google search, these are just a few off the top of my head.  As long as you are all together and having fun that’s all that matters.