With spring officially here, take advantage ofAlberta’s warm days by playing games outdoors and makinguse of your backyard, local playground or provincial park.
We asked three “playful” experts for their suggestions.
Vince Ellis, sports specialist at Calgary Child’s Play; JohnDavis, assistant executive director at Adventurers SchoolAge Care; and Jason Lidberg, assistant general manager,YMCA Calgary, offered these ideas.
Perfect for kids and parents who like to get silly, this is likea normal game of soccer, says Lidberg. Players walk on allfours with their bellies facing up to crab-walk and kick theball on their way to victory.
This is a fast-paced game to get heart rates racing, saysDavis. Everyone receives quick commands from thecaptain, including: “Captain’s coming!” (Salute the captain);
“Submarine!” (Lie on your back, one leg in the air);
“Starboard/Port/Bow/Stern!” (Run left, right, forward or backuntil told to stop); and “Swab the deck!” (Pretend to scrubthe floor).
Embrace the simplicity of tag and its variations, recommendsLidberg. Whoever is “it” must slither on the ground to tagplayers, who must stay in a small area. Start with all playerstouching the snake, then count down “ 3, 2, 1, snake in thegrass!” If the snake tags you, you’re “it” and you’re going toget a little dirty!
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A variation on basketball favoured by Ellis: hang hula hoopson regular basketball nets. Players dribble and toss the ballthrough the hoop to score.
Ellis suggests relays with easy skills for younger crowds,such as passing a ball over their heads or under their legsdown a line. For older kids, he suggests breaking downsports skills such as football where each team member musthike, kick or pass the ball.
Nature bingo/scavenger hunt
Make a bingo card or scavenging list based on things foundin your local park, and add in activities such as jumpingjacks, burpees or running laps, suggests Lidberg.
— Zoey Duncan
See this story on applemag.ca for more games.
Photo:VeerTake advantage of warm days and play games together as a family.