Say Goodbye to Boredom: These 6 Backyard Activities Are Fun For the Whole Family
"I'm bored" might be every parent's two least favorite words in the English language. No matter how many books, toys, and games they have in the playroom, kids inevitably get bored — and parents inevitably need to come up with some genius idea to entertain them.
With many team sports and sleep-away camps cancelled this summer, kids are likely to get more restless than usual. Next time one of your little ones starts complaining, suggest the whole family try one of these creative backyard activities.
Water Balloon Juggling
If you're sweating just thinking about stepping outside, opt for an activity that will keep you cool — like water balloon juggling. Throw on your swimsuits, fill up a bucket full of water balloons, and challenge the kids to try juggling them. If a full-blown water balloon fight breaks out, so be it!
With a little bit of chalk and creativity, you can turn any sidewalk or driveway into a beautiful mural. Ask your kids to come up with an idea for a large-scale artwork, then have the whole family pitch in to bring their vision to life.
Parents vs. Kids Baseball or Softball
Just because kids may not be playing on their usual Little League® teams doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to the benefits that come with team sports completely. Challenge your little ones to a sibling vs. sibling or parents vs. kids softball game in the backyard to continue teaching them life lessons like good sportsmanship. Don't forget to stock up on Lance® sandwich crackers for a refueling post-game snack. The freshly baked crackers and delectable fillings will satisfy parents and kids alike — plus, it's the perfect opportunity to connect with your little ones, just like they would with their teammates.
Even if you had to cancel your family camping trip, you can still give your kids a dose of nature. Just tell the kids you're going on a bug safari — through your own backyard. Outfit them with bucket hats, magnifying glasses, and notebooks to record their observations, then set out on a mission to identify all the bugs you can find.
Extreme Lawn Games
How do you make a game your kids have played dozens of times seem new and exciting? Make it "extreme" by turning on the sprinklers during game play. Suddenly, everything from croquet to badminton seems more fun!
There's something incredibly calming about staring up at the night sky. On a clear night, let the kids stay up a little later than usual to look at the stars. Even if you don't have a telescope, you can spot plenty of heavenly bodies in the night sky, from the moon to planets like Saturn to bright constellations like the Little Dipper. Not only is stargazing educational, but it also doubles as a way to help little ones relax and wind down before bed.