Creating Adventures in Your Own Backyard
June 27, 2011~
This summer, you don’t have to plan an expensive vacation to share fun adventures with your children. With a little creativity and imagination, your family can create great experiences by simply stepping into the backyard.
Water Obstacle Course
Water parks can be a lot of fun, but they are also expensive, and waiting in long lines can make children impatient. Instead of the hassle of going to the park, create a water obstacle course in your own backyard for a fraction of the cost.
First, map out a route for the course. In smaller yards, use a zigzag pattern or figure eight to increase the length of the course. Include items you have lying around the house such as sprinklers, balloons and kiddie pools. For the finale, create a water piñata by filling a trash bag with a gallon or two of water. Let your children burst it when they reach the end. Instead of a shower of candy, everyone gets a cool splash of water.
You don’t have to venture into the forest to experience the joy of camping. Pop up your family tent in the backyard, break out the hibachi or grill and have a barbecue outside in the evening sun. When the sun goes down, light up the fire pit or use the grill to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. Finish off the evening by having everyone cuddle up in sleeping bags and share ghost stories.
Outdoor Art Exhibit
You don’t have to go to an art museum to bolster the artistic side of your child. Create an art exhibit in your yard using chalk. All you need is some sidewalk chalk, a fine cheese grater and some water. First, grate the chalk into a fine dust and place each color in a paper cup. Slowly add water to the powder to create the paint. Your child can paint on trees or the sidewalk or even the house.
Show your children that you don’t have to travel far to create great adventures. All it takes is an open mind and a short trip to the backyard.