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Free Fun Activities For Children To Do

Updated on June 3, 2014

The Need To Start Moving

Growing children need physical activities and fresh air. Jumping , running, skipping, chasing, racing are all ideal ways to keep your child fit and healthy, along with a balanced diet. This is not just beneficial for them, you will also benefit from them having a good night's sleep, being able to concentrate and learn more effectively at school. Healthy children are always exercising. You walk down the road with a healthy child, they will run, jump climb on the wall. Unfortunately, many children are becoming less active and so we have a growing dilemma of obese children. Lack of movement is the key factor that blights these children with excess fat- apart from, if they have some medical condition. Here are a few ideas of some outdoor games young children can play.

Activities that are fun

Hit The Bubbles: You will need - Bubbles and the wand, some towels. As the children to burst the bubbles before they hit the ground. The can use different parts of their body to do this - arms, legs, knee, hand, head, nose!

It or Tag:Decide who is going to be it. Decide the area that children can run to. Too far and you will not be able to control the game. The IT person counts to 10 and then tries to catch someone. As soon as they touch someone, that person is now IT and the game starts all over again. You will need and open area or space, garden or the park. Simple but oh what fun!

Traffic Lights: Children walk around in an area and when you call out red they have to GO and when you call out Green they have to stop. You can get them to hop , skipp, dance or jump around.

Hide and Seek: Someone is chosen to be. The rest of the children have to hide. The child has to find them. This should be confined to safe areas, maybe in your garden.

Kick around: All you need is a ball for this and some willing children and there you have it. Make sure the ball is lightweight for younger children.

Fly a kite: all you need is a homemade kite and children can have fun flying them in the park. If you cannot make them there are many inexpensive kites you can buy.


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      Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi, I think the bubble game will always be around. Almost every parent remember playing with bubbles and a wand. Voted up.

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      zanin 6 years ago from London, England

      Thank you Lorlie and Denise. In this materialistic world it's nice to just have fun without too much expense. Funny about dishes Denise! Your Grandson will grow up too quick, Lorlie, and then you will wish he was a toddler again!! Thanks Ladies. Nina

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      Denise W Anderson 6 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Great ideas! Our children loved yard games when they were growing up, especially when it was time to do the dishes! We learned that spending time outdoors as a family was a great benefit to all of us!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi zanin-

      Thanks for opening your hub to comments! What I love about it is how concise the writing is and well, how 'simple' it is to communicate these ideas-such common sense!!

      I can't wait for my grandson to grow up a little more so we can do some of these wonderful things. Won't be too very long!

      No nonsense here, just plain fun...Thanks again.