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Play four square.

You don’t need a four square ball to play four square but it is pretty cool and inexpensive (under $5).  This is a fun game that everyone can play, old or young it doesn’t matter. Even grandma can join in.  The rules are simple and if you don’t have natural cracks in your driveway like we…

Sparklers and fireworks!

   This may be the single activity that is sure to get your child off the digital couch. Most boys will run out the door when the word fireworks is mentioned!  Of course you need to supervise if your child is young. Sparklers may be safer for your younger child. They are simple and very…

Wiffle balls.

A very wise mom of boys once told me that the best way to entertain a boy is to give him a ball, not a TV or a video game, but a real ball.  Any ball will do. I think about that advice often when I need a quick idea for sending my boys outside.…

Swimming.

This one is easy! What is summer without swimming! Find a pool to use and set up a regular day each week. Swim teams are great too but don’t forget how important it is for your kids to be kids and play in the pool. Let them use their imagination and make up their own games and…

Jump rope.

For boys and girls jump rope is a wonderful outdoor activity with many life long benefits. Not only is it inexpensive and easy to do for all ages, but it also meets the very important developmental and exercise needs in a fun activity.  Invest $5-6 in a rope with the rollers (the beads) found in…

Archery.

Archery is definitely an outdoor activity, don’t try this inside! Boys love to do things that can be measured and clearly evaluated. This sport fits the bill.  They also get instant feedback with every arrow and when they get close to or hit the bull’s-eye it is thrilling! My son still has a target that…

Playing Frisbee.

Playing Frisbee. Does your child know how to throw a Frisbee? Now is a good time to practice. This is a very inexpensive way to get a great full body workout while socializing at the same time but for kids there is even a bigger benefit. While organized Frisbee games are wonderful just the simple…

Fishing.

Another favorite activity that has been around forever but is still alive and kicking is fishing. Do you have a fishing story? I hope you do. Some of my best memories of my grandmother’s house are centered around the pond in her back yard. As small children we would head down to this pond daily…