Parents, would you like 3 fun outdoor games for teaching your kids? If your goal is to get them to experience healthy exercise and have fun together, consider our guest blogger, Sarah Oxley's, 3 games. For many of us these games bring back cherished memories.
"Introducing Your Children To The Great Outdoors
Not that long ago, children spent the majority of their time playing outside, no matter what the weather. Now, children spend up to 6 hours a day watching TV or playing video games. TV alone can’t be blamed, as many modern children don’t know what to play outdoors. Concerns for their safety have risen, too. The solution to safe and interesting play is simple. Let your children roam your backyard while teaching them some of the great outdoor games.
To get the most out of these games you’ll need a group of 4 to 8 children. Go through the rules of the games with them and supervise for the first 2 or 3 rounds. Once they have understood the rules, leave them to play alone. As it is still cold outside, consider making some space in your garden shed adding some chairs and a table. This can be their snack area as well as their HQ for discussing more games. Below are some examples of great outdoor games:
1. Parents ~Teach the Red Light- Green Light Game
One player, the traffic light, has their back to the group and shouts ‘Green Light’. The group takes slow steps toward the traffic light. These steps should be heel to toe. The traffic light faces the group shouting ‘Red Light’. No one is allowed to move. If someone does, they have to return to the start. The first person to reach the traffic light wins, and becomes the next traffic light.
2. Parents ~ Teach the Freeze Tag Game
Freeze tag is just like your traditional tag, except that when someone is caught, they’re not ‘it’ instead they have to freeze where they are. They can be unfrozen by another player, but whoever is ‘it’ can also catch the player trying to free the frozen one.
3. Parents ~ Teach the Wolf’s Dinner Time Game
One player is Mr Wolf, and the rest of the group faces him from a distance of about 15 feet. Mr Wolf has his back to the group. The group shouts ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’, and the wolf turns to the group and must answer with a time. If Mr Wolf says ‘6 o’clock’, then the group takes six steps toward him. The wolf then turns his back on the group again. He may only face them when answering. Once the wolf believes the group to be close enough, without looking, his answer becomes ‘Dinnertime!’ and he chases the group. Whoever is caught and ‘eaten’ by the wolf becomes the next wolf.
Conclusion for 3 Fun Outside Games to Teach Your Kids
When the children have had a chance to enjoy these games, encourage them to make up their own versions, or invent new games. Outdoors can be a fun and safe adventure."
Parents are the best teachers. Children love to learn from them. You can teach your kids to have fun together, play outside, and get healthy exercise with these 3 games. Let's give thanks to Sarah for reminding us of these great games.
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