So, we’re sadly edging closer to the end of the Summer Holidays and it feels like it’s been a complete whirlwind around here. I’m sure I say it every year but it’s gone so fast! We’ve had some really fun days out with a couple more planned for next week and there’s been lots of catching up with friends. And, given the lovely weather there’s been lots of lovely playing outside. We’ve trialled a few games and activities for all of our four children to play together as siblings. Just to try and encourage them to get along a little more and help them all play together. That said, when Elodie went to a friends this week – Orla took twenty minutes to be consoled as she missed her so much, they’ve got along much better these summer holidays! So, I just thought I’d share some fun outdoor sibling activity ideas……..
Take a large canvas or place big paper on an outdoor wall or on the grass. Divide the paper into sections (one for each child) and let them loose with paint, crayons etc….. See an example here.
Collect recyclables and encourage kids to build a car or a robot – or whatever you like! Add in colourful washi tape or playful duct tape to hold it all together.
Each child makes a list of 10 items that his sibling must find outdoors. For example, “something green, something shiny, something rough, etc.” Siblings can team up for bonding or work independently – quickest to find all the items wins! We like doing this in a woods or at a park – the kids can take baskets or bags to collect the items!
This is a lovely Treasure Hunt Game which makes the clue writing easier for kids. Lots of fun to play with siblings. See our full review, with a discount code here.
Memory Tray Game.
Spread a variety of objects on a tray. Stare at it for 1 minute. Remove the tray from view and then everyone tries to remember as many objects as they can.
Balloon toss up.
Every one can have their own balloon, or they can work together to keep a single balloon in the air. For more fun, make paddles out of paper plates and rulers and play balloon tennis.
Kids love making dens out of doors! Siblings can work together to make use sheets, chairs or trees to make a little hidey hole to play in. If you want to create a really impressive den – try the Densters to up your den-making skills.
Hula hoops, balls and a tunnel are all you need to set up an obstacle course that will be fun for lots of different age ranges. And if you don’t have these items, just improvise! You can create obstacles with chalk, laundry baskets, rope or whatever you have lying around in your own garden. You could grab a timer and let kids try to beat their own record. We’ve had lots of fun with this one – we included Archie (who has just turned two) by adding in a piggy back for the end so he wasn’t holding any team up and people still wanted him in their relay team!! Watch our post of an Easy Chalk Obstacle Course here.
Water Cup Game
A great water game to play outside is to pierce a hole in a plastic cup and feed a string through it sideways. Using a water gun or a bucket – try to add water to push the cup along the line – first one to the end wins!
Fill a Bucket Water Game
Another classic water game is to give each team a plastic cup and a bucket full of water. Put one empty bucket for each team at the finish line. Players must take turns filling up their cup from their bucket, then dumping it into their empty bucket. The game is over when the once-full bucket is empty; the team with the most amount of water in their finish-line bucket wins! Best for hot days because the kids will get soaked!
Sudocrem is encouraging us all to play more outside and be a little less careful and be more dareful this Summer! They are offering a chance for you to nominate your community nursery to win and have their outdoor play area improved! If you’d like to nominate your nursery – visit play more at Sudocrem here. My kids certainly don’t need any encouragement to be more ‘dareful’ they are forever climbing trees outdoors but they do need more encouragement to play together kindly! So, it’s been fun trying out these outdoor games this holiday. If you have any more suggestions for outdoor games – I’d love to hear them – pop them in the comments!
Sudocrem have kindly given you the opportunity to win a Play More Adventure Pack to encourage your kid’s outside.
The kit includes:
– Play More t-shirt
– Play More sun hat
– Bug Pot
– Butterfly Net
– Magnifying glass
– Trowel or fork
*Disclosure: This post is written in collaboration with Sudocrem.
If you’d like to win a Play More Adventure Box, enter below!
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