August is Get Outside and Play month here at RoosterFin Games. School is starting back up, and fall is on its way, but thankfully, the weather should be good for at least a few more weeks. In the digital age, it can be hard to find the time and the motivation to get outside and play, but once you get started with a fun game, time flies. Below, we’ve got an assortment of games and activities you can play with your kids as the summer season begins to wind down.
- Catch Fireflies
Catching fireflies can be a solitary or group activity. If your kids are little, catching fireflies is an easy, classic pastime. And, you can teach your kids about the wonders of bioluminescence! Or you could just keep it simple and say they’re magical bugs. You can use an old jar with holes punched into the lid to keep the fireflies contained for a few minutes while you explain, in magical, age-appropriate terms of course, how bioluminescence works. So, it’s not only a fun excursion but an educational one, too. Plus, you can decorate the jar together after dinner and before the sun sets.
Octopus is a fun and easy game for large groups. One person is ‘it’ or the octopus. The rest of the players are fish that have to get from one end of the yard to the other without the octopus tagging them. Anyone who is tagged has to stay in place and tag other fish as they pass by.
- Ghosts in the Graveyard
For this game, the person who is ‘it’ or the ghost has to hide while the other players countdown from 1 o’clock to midnight at the base. After the countdown, the players link arms, and walk around the yard chanting, “Star light, star bright, hope I see a ghost tonight,” until the ghost pops out. Then, it’s a game of tag. The first person who gets tagged, or the last person who makes it to the base, is the next ghost.
- Hide and Go Seek
Hide and go seek is a classic that never gets old. Put a spin on it by playing it in the dark after catching fireflies. Don’t know how to play? One person is ‘it,’ and they count, with their eyes closed, at the base. The other players hide in the yard. The last person to be found is the next ‘it.’
- Kick the Can
Not just for politicians! Kids of all ages can have fun playing this classic outdoor activity. Of course, you need a can. The rustier and louder the better. The player who is ‘it’ has to guard the can while the other players run out from their hiding spots and try to kick the can. If the person who is ‘it’ catches a hider before they can successfully kick the can, the hider goes to jail. The last person to go to jail is the next ‘it.’ There are different versions of the rules, which you can check out here.
Solitary Outdoor Games
- Run Through the Sprinkler
Got a sprinkler? You can pick one up for cheap at most stores. It’s a great way to get some exercise, bond with your child, and cool off during the last hurrah of summer.
- Study the Ecosystem
Have you ever picked up a rock or piece of a fallen log? There are tons of strange and wondrous creatures under there. You can teach your child about the ecosystem by doing this with a rock or piece of wood that’s been sitting there for a while. You can teach your kids about millipedes, centipedes, spiders, and other kinds of creepy crawlies.
Reading outside is relaxing, and you can use it as the perfect excuse to start a new book series. Encourage your child to pick a special spot in the yard that is just for them. You could choose a rock and paint their name on it together to mark their special reading spot in the yard.
- I Spy
Playing I Spy with your child is a great way to teach them about different animals, plants, and trees while exploring the outdoors.
- Play in the Mud
The warm, summer weather won’t last forever, and your kids won’t be young forever, either. Childhood is really the only time you can jump in mud puddles and throw mud around with any sort of impunity. So how about it? Let your kids get messy and then they can jump through the sprinklers before showering off.
Don’t let these last few weeks of beautiful summer weather go to waste. There’s still plenty of time to get outside and play, and these games and activities work for groups or are excellent for the independent only child, too. And once the cold weather settles in, we’ve got you covered here at RoosterFin with fun and educational indoor games to keep you and your kids entertained while the snow falls.