5 Classic Outdoor Summer Games for Kids


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Some games are evergreen – they haven’t lost their charm or element of fun even though we played them way back in our own childhood! Come summer, and it’s the perfect opportunity to introduce them to your kids (that is, if they are not familiar with most of them already). Here you go.

Hide and Seek: First and foremost on the list. Leads to a whole lot of giggles, develops problem-solving skills and helps kids learn all about the importance of teamwork.
Hopscotch: All you need is a solid floor and a piece of chalk. Hopping on one foot is fun, helps younger children learn how to maintain balance and improves hand-eye coordination.
Marbles: Drawing a circle in the sand and trying to knock each other’s marbles out of it – it’s as simple as that. Helps to develop fine motor skills, counting ability and hand-eye coordination. (Not suitable for toddlers though).
Tag: One child assumes the responsibility of becoming the all-important ‘it’ and chases the other kids around, trying to make them ‘it’. Helps keep them physically active and fit.
Simon Says: The ‘Simon’ of the group issues instructions to the others (for example, ‘stick out your tongue’) and they are required to follow it only when preceded by ‘Simon says’.

A hint of nostalgia, anyone?


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