I've been looking for fun games that the whole family can play outdoors now that the weather is so good.
I don't want the kids staying indoors mooching around and I don't want to be stuck there either. Begone summertime blues!
When I say kids I mean all the way up to sprightly 99 year old youngsters.
As well as being amusing fun outdoor games for kids of all ages, these pastimes carry some life lessons for us - how to be a good loser for example, being part of a time, developing strategies. No bad things for the kids to learn while having really good fun.
I have looked for outside games that are suitable for different surfaces like grass, sand or dirt. They must be easy to transport - pick up and go.
And they must be easy to set up and play - no room for complicated chess moves here!
The following five hit the spot. They can be played on any surface and are easy to understand. Who hasn't enjoyed checkers at some time?
Even the little ones can play with a little help from their seniors. Try teaming Grandma or Grandpa up with little Tommy, then sit back and watch the havoc begin!
No need for stones or rocks nowadays. Modern Bocce are now made from poly-resin.
You get 4 x 3.5 inch red and 4 x 3.5 inch green balls with a 1.5 inch white ball in a carrying case. The colored balls are the Bocce and the white one is the Pallino.
With a convenient weather resistant carrying case with strong handles. The case measures 7 inches x 7 inches x 7 inches and can be ready to go when you are.
The 24 game pieces are plastic. 12 red and 12 black.
The rug measures 28 inches by 28 inches and made from a soft woven fabric.
Instructions printed on the rug itself so there are no excuses for loosing them.
Easy to cart around to friends houses, the beach or the back yard. Roll up your mat, gather your pieces and go.
Made from eco friendly hard wood, play this all-weather game on grass, sand, dirt or even snow.
Complete with all you need to play, including instructions and its own carrying case.
One reviewer said that "basically you throw sticks at sticks" but his friends all had a great time playing it. Some times the simplest things in life are the best.
The paddles have a soft foam padding on the handle and measure 13 x 7.5 x 1 inches. A net is not needed but you can use one if you want to make the game a tad more competitive.
When hit the birdies slow while they spin giving you time to make your move and return the birdie.
This is a good safe way to introduce your youngster to racket sports.
For the more competitive of you try playing over a badminton net (not included).
It is the winner of a Dr. Top Top 10 Abtive Games and Creative Child Seal of Excellence Award.
It is also played by adults and won the 2015 Men's Journal "Gear of the year" Award.
All the pieces you need to play and the instructions are in the carrying case.
This game will help your child recognise colors and numbers. It will help them to add numbers together.
This game also helps promote good gross motor skills and encourages thinking skills.