The weather is finally getting warmer, so we've been spending a lot of time out in the backyard at our house. Here are some fun outdoor games and activities that you can try while you're hanging out in the yard this week:
1) Make sidewalk paint: Mix 1/4 cup of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water. Add food coloring of your choice and mix until you have a watery consistency. Use paint brushes to paint your sidewalk or driveway. This paint washes away with water.
2) Play Sardines: This is a fun game to play with a group of friends. One person is "it". This person finds a hiding place while everyone else hides their eyes and counts to 100. When the counting is over, everyone tries to find the person who is hiding. Whenever someone finds the person who is "it", he or she must hide with that person. Play continues until everyone but one last person is hiding with the person that is "it". At the end of the game, everyone is packed like sardines in the hiding spot. The last person to find the group is "it" for the next game.
3)Play Driveway Baseball: Draw a baseball diamond on the driveway like the sample below. Have children take turns kneeling at home plate and tossing a stone or bean bag at the diamond. Try to get your stone to land on one of the indicated spots for a hit. If you miss the mark, it is considered an out. Players can play as many innings as they wish.
4) Make a Nature Rubbing Book: Take a walk around the block with some pieces of paper and a few crayons that have no paper covering on them. When you see something that has an interesting texture, take a piece of paper and a crayon and make a rubbing of the object. Some interesting things to do rubbings of are: sidewalks, tree bark, leaves, etc. When you get home, you can staple your pages together to form a book.
Have fun outside this week and enjoy the sunny weather!