Outdoor activitiesCold Potato Rather than Hot Potato, try Cold Potato for a refreshing game. Use a pin to poke a hole in a water balloon, then fill it with water and make sure the balloon has a slow but steady leak. Have everyone get into a circle and toss the leaky balloon from one player to the next, spraying everyone in the process. Be sure to toss it quickly, as the goal of the game is to pass the balloon before it runs out of water. Play Marco Polo Without a Pool Don’t have a pool? No problem. Put a twist on this classic and it becomes a cool backyard game on a hot day. Decide who will go first and blindfold that person or have them keep their eyes closed. The searcher should be armed with a water gun. Have the searcher turn around and count to 10, while the other players silently move to new locations in the backyard. When the counting ends, the searcher calls "Marco" and the other players respond with "Polo" while moving about the yard. When the searcher successfully shoots a player with water, it's time to switch roles.
Indoor ActivitiesServe Up Indoor Volleyball Or more accurately, volley feather. Give everyone a large feather (you can find them in the craft aisle of major superstores or even outside, if you’re lucky) and see who can blow the feather overhead for the longest time. Once you've got the hang of making the feather float, play as a team and try to pass a feather back and forth between players without letting it fall to the ground. Play Hide-and-Seek With Stuffed Animals In this new edition, stuffed animals do the hiding while you and the kids do the seeking. Everyone gets one stuffed animal. Split up and hide the stuffed animals anywhere in the house (or pick one room if you're playing with younger kids). Then, each searches to find the others' hidden objects. When you've found a hidden animal, take it and put it in a new hiding spot for them to find — the kids should do the same with yours. Continue playing for as long as you all are having fun. Act it Out It's easy to pop in a movie and relax in front of the tube, but that's not how memories are made. Instead, take turns acting out your favorite flicks as one-person plays. Set a five-minute limit and watch the plot unfold. Help the kids dress up using clothes, blankets or objects around the house. Wait until you see an imaginative 6-year-old perform Shrek. Better have the camera ready!
Whatever activity you choose make sure to have fun and enjoy the summer!