4 Things to Do with Kids In Your Own Backyard
It may be hard to get your kids to go outside. Spring and summer may be warm, but kids love tablets and cell phones now. However, getting your kids out in the sunshine and fresh air of the backyard can help with feelings of depression, loneliness, and anxiety, especially during difficult times like these.
The many children who suffer from ADHD, which also affects up to 4% of adults, need to be able to run around and move to help them have an easier time focusing later on. So get your kids, head to the backyard, and have fun with these great activities.
Bury the Trampoline
This can be a really fun way to get the whole family involved in a fun project. An in-ground trampoline is a lot less dangerous than an above-ground version and it looks better, too. Simply measure your trampoline then measure out the area you need for it in your lawn. After that, just grab some shovels and get to work. You can even use the dirt to make a dirt play pit where kids can play with construction toys, make mud pies, and well, get dirty. Once you have your hole just lower the trampoline inside and then start jumping!
Build an Obstacle Course
Using the swing set, rocks, tree stumps, and other bits and bobs you have on hand you can create fun obstacle courses for your kids to run through. The buried trampoline can make this activity even more fun. You can hang hand swings from tree branches or use yarn to make an agility puzzle. Kids will love helping you plan this fun activity before beating the obstacle course over and over again.
You can also make a pet obstacle course for your kids to take their dog though. Just make they’re careful because half of all recorded dog bites happen to children. If your dog gets injured in the obstacle course, they’re more likely to lash out. Let your imagination run wild and create a fun, safe course that will keep the kids running around for hours.
A movie night is perfect for older kids. All you need to do is grab some pillows and blankets and head out under the stars for some amazing fun. Use a projector to project movies onto a sheet or onto the side of the house. Not only is it fun and novel, but kids can also get up and play around while the movie is on. If you have older kids, you can even project video games and have a giant-sized round of Mario Kart or Mortal Kombat. It’s a great way to spend a summer evening.
Super-Sized Board Games
It’s really easy and cheap to make a super-sized version of your favorite board games. With poster board and markets, you can make scrabble and giant matching games. With just a couple of two by fours, you can make a giant Jenga game. If you’re looking for other games, you find tons of options with a quick google search, which leads to 98% of online discoveries. It’s a great way to get kids outside and having fun while learning and thinking.
Finding fun ways to spend time together doesn’t have to mean leaving home. You can have plenty of family fun in the backyard. Just grab your DIY supplies and let your kid run wild.