Darts. We have a love hate relationships with the darts in our house. I like them best outside! It is very easy to hang the dart board on a tree and it is much easier to deal with the game when it is outside.
Darts are an excellent way to gain fine motor control and eye hand coordination. The combination of holding and feeling the dart in your hand, looking at the target, knowing how hard to throw and keeping your focus is harder than you think but an excellent brain activity. Holding a controller is much easier than throwing darts. At first just hitting the board will spell success but eventually your child will be able to hit the center area. As their skills gradually progress they will gain confidence and it will be more fun. You can adjust the rules for different ages, making older children stand further back than the younger ones. Your child can also practice his math skills when he is keeping score. He will have to do math in his head to figure out what combination of points he will need to win and aim accordingly.
As a great “30 Minutes Outside” activity, this one hits the bullseye! Go dig your husband’s old dart board out of the garage or attic, hang it on a tree, step back and let the games begin! Who knows, Dad may even get a few rounds in when he gets home from work tonight : )