Here are seven fun activities to do in your backyard;
1. Go camping
Marshmallow roasts, damper on a stick, and a night in the tent, who needs to travel farther when they can enjoy camping in their own backyard? Simply pack your knapsack, set up your tent, fire up your 'campfire' and you're set.
Enjoy a camping dinner – sausages, baked beans fizzing over the fire, marshmallows and listen to scary stories. Sing songs around a campfire, do some star-gazing and have fun. If you forget to carry the torches along, it's not a catastrophe - you can just run back indoors to pick them!
2. Water fun
Nothing cools the family off faster on a warm day than water fun. If you already have a swimming pool, the games to play in the water are numerous. Swimming pools games include water volleyball, racing and more. If there are water related restrictions in your city, it means you will need to be more inventive.
You can try spray-bottle water fights by filling a clean spray bottle with water and setting them on. You can also try bucket baths by filling a couple of buckets with cold water, with a few bath toys the fun can begin.
3. Family Olympics
Kids love getting the whole family together to play games - so why not consider a Family Olympics competition in your backyard? Go to the store and get some medals, think of suitable games for the whole family while you set up the Olympic arena. Do not forget to sing along when awarding the medals.
Some fun games include;
• Sack race
• Three-legged race
• Egg and spoon race
• Rolling race
• Skipping race
Go for gold!
4. Treasure hunt
Who does not love a fun treasure hunt? You can make it more fun by preparing a treasure hunt map which will govern the activity? Make the clues interesting and interactive. For instance, you could include some instructions such as 'Take five giant steps backward from the clothesline and move towards the house, turn and take five sideways step to the tree in the corner'.
To set up the treasure, leave a box of new crayons, coloring books, and some chocolate gold coins inside. This should keep the kids occupied after they have finished the hunt.
5. Build a fort
A fort can be made using sheets, lounge cushions, and chairs. While it may be super-simple to build, this is a fort that needs to be undone when the day ends and everything will be stored in the house.
A more ambitious Fort involves the entire family constructing a fair-dinkum fort using timber. This will involve planning as well as a trip to the store for materials and isn’t something that can be dismantled in a day