It’s hard to believe that summer vacation will soon be coming to an end! With Back-to-School time quickly approaching, one might think that outdoor playtime is beginning to wind down, but here in the south it’s really just beginning! With Fall in mind, we decided to leave the water games to the Awesome Summer Water Activities for Kids blog post we made a couple weeks ago. This week we are focusing mainly on things that will continue to be fun well into Autumn!
If your children love to build sandcastles and unbury hidden treasures, then we have just the thing for you! With a wooden cover that folds back to form benches on either side, this sandbox is perfect for the whole family to get out and play. Add in a built-in canopy that can be lowered when you are done for the day, and you’re in for hours of fun in the shade!
Are your kids practically monkeys with how much they climb? Then this is the perfect addition to your backyard! Little kids who love to climb are likely to climb no matter what you do, much to everyone’s dismay. So help them learn to climb in a safe environment by getting them a dome climber! This way they don’t do things like climb on your cabinet doors. 😒
With hours of group play in mind, we chose the Easy Outdoor Space Dome Climber. Not only is it relatively easy to assemble, but it can hold up to 1000 pounds while still being light enough for two adults to easily move it when necessary.
Gardening and working in the yard can help build life skills and character. Plus, our littles often like to copy us, so getting them their own set of garden tools is a great way to help them do both. If your kids love to help you in the yard, then this Just For Kids Garden Tool Set is the perfect set for your little helpers!
The next few things on the list are perfect for some outdoor family game nights! Cornhole is one of those long-time favorites that is perfect for almost any occasion! And, with some rule alterations it can be a fun game for the whole family. If you have little ones who can’t throw the bag far enough, you can either move the boards closer together or mark a spot that is within their range for them to toss the bag from. This way everyone can play!
This game may be from the 18th century, but you can’t go wrong with Bocce Ball! Like cornhole, this outdoor game has you divide up into two teams and toss things at a target. Each team gets 4 balls and you flip a coin to see which team gets to throw the smaller white ball or jack first. You then take turns tossing your balls as close as possible to the jack. You can also knock away your opponent’s balls or the jack.
After all the balls are thrown, measure using the tool included in the set to see who has the closest ball. The team with a ball closest to the jack wins a point. The first team to earn 12 points wins the game!
If you want something a little less competitive and more playful, check out this set that is perfect for anyone three and up to play catch! The velcro catch paddles make it easier for little ones to catch the ball without hurting their hand, or needing the precise hand-eye coordination that regular catch requires.