Kids always love to do things they see grown-ups do, in their own cute little way that is. You can teach them the value in taking care of their own things with a mini backyard car wash. On a nice day, set up all their toys and bond with your kids while getting their toys cleaned up!
For this activity, get your kids to gather all their toy cars and other playthings that can be cleaned with water and soap. Next, gather the materials you need: a water hose or bucket, hand soap or dishwashing liquid, sponges and a towel or old clean clothes.
To make it easier for your kids you can cut up large sponges into smaller sponges. This allows your kids to have the appropriately sized sponge to match their tiny hands and tiny toys.
2. Water Balloon T-Ball
If your kids are grade-schoolers or even teens, you can hand them a more challenging but crafty activity — building a birdhouse in the garden. It will not only allow them to have fun but also encourage them to care for wildlife.
Attract birds in your yard by getting out some tools and materials to build a birdhouse with your kids. Remember, it will involve some minor woodwork, so make sure to assist and keep them safe in the process.
5. Water Balloon Angry Birds
Inspired by the mega-popular mobile game, the water balloons ‘angry birds’ is a great way to spend a warm day with your kids.
First off, you need to find a concrete floor and some coloured chalks to draw your targets. Alternatively, you can use blocks with waterproof figurines on top. Either way, the goal is simple, use your water balloons to hit the target!
Next, prepare a tub of water balloons and paint them with the comic angry bird faces from the game. This is also part of the fun: drawing angry bird faces on water balloons with the kids.
Draw a limit line where kids are not allowed to go past. Then, tell them to position, aim and smash those bad pigs!
6. Paper Boat Race
Doing activities outside the home does not need to be purely physical — there could also be art!
For this task, you need to gather up all used and broken crayons along with cookie cutters or chocolate moulds, a paper plate and aluminium foil. Place the foil on a paper plate before placing the cookie cutters or chocolate moulds on top.
Then, let the kids break the crayons into smaller sizes and place combinations of them on the moulds. Place the plate on a sunny spot. Once melted and cooled, your kids will have a new set of fun uniquely-shaped crayons to use!
For a more mobile activity, a neighbourhood scavenger hunt would mean so much fun. Before you leave home today, you can write down 15-20 things to look for around the neighbourhood such as beautiful trees, street signs and fixtures.
One of these days, you can take the kids out for a walk and do a scavenger hunt. The kid with the most finds wins the game.
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