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You remember those transparent little things that shot about half a cup of water and then needed to be filled up again? Well, that’s why the super soaker became so popular! And there are loads of models now. These are not just for boys, either! I’d love to have one!
Horseshoes may seem like a dull game, but I remember playing this with my cousin all summer when we were 12 and 13 and it was not boring at all. Of course, we were competitive enough that we were really playing and not just putzing about. You don’t have to get the heavy type of horseshoes, either, you can get the rubber type that will be kind to your yard.
I can still remember the dragon tail kite I had when I was a kid. It was awesome. Rainbow colors and a very long tail (probably 20 ft or so) that looked amazing in the sun. Much as I loved it, it wasn’t really possible to use it in the backyard, so you need to be willing to take your kid to the park for this one. Kites are awesome fun for the whole family!
Some of you may not know what Chinese Jumprope is, but let me just tell you, it’s was the coolest game on the playground when I was about 6. You need 3 players (usually girls, as boys think it’s too girlie) but it’s better to have at least 4 so you can compete. 2 girls stand inside of the rope, with it draped around their ankles, forming a rectangle with the rope.
It’s been a really long time since I’ve played hopscotch, but I do remember loving it in elementary school. I also remember begging for jumbo sidewalk chalk, so I could create my own hopscotch board at home, but my mother was not keen on having the driveway chalked up. Just an FYI to parents — the stuff does wash away! If your kids love hopscotch, chalk is a pretty cheap expense, and it’s not bad exercise for little kids.
Playing with Nerf Guns can be lots of fun for both children and their parents. It is a great way of encouraging your child to go outdoors and play. One of the most popular ones at the moment is the Nerf N Strike Stampede which is an automatic Nerf gun.
This was considered a very old-fashioned game when I was a kid, but I do recall being totally addicted to it around 12 years of age. I can’t remember how I got my first jacks set, but I loved it. If you’ve got a little girl, or even a tween, she may love it, too!
Badminton is a game I loved as a kid. I have pics of me playing this game at 4 years old — and I was good! There are family sets which come with shorter racquets, but as a kid I played with a normal sized one, so don’t worry too much about that, unless your child seems to have trouble with the size. You can easily set these up anywhere, and the sets come with everything you need.
About the Author: Donnie is a child minder and with so many children to look after knows the importance of choosing toys and games for your kids with care. He hopes to share some of his wisdom.