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DIY: BACKYARD GAMES

Since the weather is warm and school is out, we find ourselves spending a lot of time out of doors. Although this may not be the wisest tactic for someone in the Central Valley, we certainly approve of any and all efforts to get out there, stay healthy, and soak up some much-needed vitamin D!

If you’re feeling bold enough to brave the Central Valley heat, then here are some DIY game ideas to make sure you have fun in the sun. Just make sure to wear sunscreen!

BALL PIT

Low effort, and still very fun, this DIY just involves a kiddie pool and a pack of plastic balls. And since it’s hot outside, it might be a good idea to throw in some water. It’s refreshing, childlike fun!

IMAGINATION STATION

Set sail on the seven seas with nothing more than some cardboard and markers. Cut out a boat and a cutlass, and go take the world by storm! You could also cut out castles, crowns, and a dragon if you want. Or go ahead and mix genres—school’s out, time to make your own stories!

TIRE SWING

Even as a child, tire swings were part terror, part wonder, and all fun. There’s just something about hurtling through the air on a self-made swing that’s part and parcel to childhood memories. If you have a tire and some rope, I recommend setting one up for yourself. For added pizzazz, paint the tires in summery colors!

OUTDOOR CHALKBOARD

This one is simple and sure to engage little ones for a while! Just put up a chalkboard with plenty of chalk and watch some masterpieces happen. It’s also perfect for outdoor parties, if you wanted to put up a sign for guests. Get fancy!

POOL NOODLE TOSS

Cut some pool noodles in half, make them into loops, and stack them three wide by five high. Then take plastic balls and make it into a competition! Give each loop a different score and test your hand-eye coordination! Just try not to ruin any friendships.

BALLOON DARTS

This one’s simple and will take you back to those days at the Stanislaus

County Fair. Just set up a board with a mess of balloons taped to it and

provide your own darts. All you’ll be missing is the cotton candy!

 

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