Backyard games to entertain children over the school holidays

These great backyard games will provide your little ones with hours of outdoor entertainment these school holidays.

Nature scavenger hunt

This is a fun activity that get’s your children engaging with the natural world around them. All you have to do is write a list of items for your child to find around the backyard. Try to make the list items relatively flexible, so it isn’t too hard to complete, or your child will quickly lose interest. List items might include, ‘Find something that is pink or orange’ or ‘Find an interestingly shaped stick’. Depending on how young your child is you might like to include images on your list to make it easier for them to follow.

Ice block treasure hunt

If you only have one child, this is a good game for them to play by themselves. Simply place something durable, like plastic toys, into a container of water and place in the freezer over night. The next day take it out to the backyard and task your child with excavating the frozen item using whatever tools you feel are appropriate, for example a rock or small shovel. This will provide your child with hours of entertainment and also keep them cool in the Queensland summer heat.

Human board game

Use chalk to draw a large-scale board game onto the sidewalk, driveway or any concrete surface. A good example is a snakes and ladder board. Your child then uses their body as the marker to move around the board. You can make a jumbo sized die with a box and some paper.

Red light, green light

This is a simple and fun backyard game that doesn’t require any extra props. One person is the ‘traffic light’ and the other players gather around them. The stop light yells out ‘green light’, and the players move. When the stop light yells ‘red light’, the players stops. If someone is spotted moving on red light they are out.

DIY ring toss

There are many variations of this game, be creative and use whatever is at your disposal. You could use hula hoops and an old tree stump or cut the middle out of some paper plates to make rings and then use an old paper towel roll to toss the rings onto.This game can keep your children entertained for hours.

Tug of war

This game is an oldie but a goldie. To play ‘tug of war’ in your backyard all you have to do is find some sturdy rope, or tie some pieces of old material together.

Tin can bowling

Keep this game in mind when you’re cooking and try to remember to collect your empty  tin cans. When you have about six to 10 empty cans, stack them up in a pyramid shape in your backyard and have your kids roll balls at them, to try to knock them down.

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