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Outdoor games

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Outdoor games

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One leg challenge

Get your kids to test their skills on one leg. See who can hop most times on one leg or who can skip the longest? You can also see who can jump back and forwards over a stick the most.  Count and take scores yourself, or have one of the kids do it to help their counting skills.

Bowling

Find a number of silly or odd items that can be knocked over by a ball, such as a plastic milk carton, a stand-up doll, a plastic vase of flowers, a pizza box, a tower of empty cans, or an empty cereal box. Line them up like bowling pins and let the bowlers try to knock them over with tennis balls or small footballs.

Pick pocket game

Put a strip of cloth in each player's back pocket. Have the players try to grab each other's strips without having their own strip taken. The player with the most cloth strips wins the game.

 

  • Why am I doing this?

    One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. "Pretend play" is important for developing your child's language skills. Children make up their own games, but playing games with others helps their concentration and social skills. Play can also help to show what children know and understand.

  • How can I do more?

    Spending time playing with your child is a great way of helping them learn. Games like "Simon says" and "One, two, three red lights" are great fun. There are lots of activities you can do like playing card games or board games when you can have a quiet time together. Your child can learn the rules by watching a dry run first. Then you can play for real. An important thing to learn is that you don't always win. It can be good for young children to win, to give them confidence but learning to lose is important too. There will be many times in life when you don't win and learning to cope with that is a good life skill you can teach your child too. 

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