Children today interact with so many electronics, they’re more likely to stay glued to a TV, or their iPhone rather than blissfully run around outdoors.
However, don’t worry – these endlessly entertaining, healthy family games ideas we have will have them racing to the yard.
Parents need to help inspire their children to play. What other time than childhood do we have the precious freedom, wild imaginations, and limitless energy to spend full days playing outside?
According to Harvard Medical School kids playing outdoors benefit from:
- Improving brain function,
- Learning how to take risks,
- Learning how to work together and,
- Appreciation of nature.
These ideas on healthy family activities below are sure to please your school-aged kids, or even if they are young adults.
Recommended Healthy Family Activities
1. Play Fun-Air Scoop Ball Game
With this US Games Fun-Air Scoop Ball kit from Amazon, you and your family will no doubt enjoy hours of playful fun in the backyard or on the beach!
This game is perfect for young children from 5 years old and up (and the not so coordinated), as the scoops are large enough for easy catching and the whiffle ball moves slowly.
Fun fact: the game helps children develop hand-eye coordination!
2. Play on a Propel Trampoline with Enclosure
There’s nothing like a trampoline for endless entertainment. Both young and older kids, plus even adults, flock to these for hours of laughter and exercise.
This large trampoline from Sears includes an enclosure for extra protection. Typically these are recommended for 6+ years old.
The excitement of such boundless bouncing can quickly lead to launching clear off the trampoline, so you’ll be grateful for this safety precaution.
3. Play Badminton Outdoors
This badminton kit from Walmart can be set up quickly and easily in your own backyard.
The full-size collegiate style net means the game is very simple to learn, but real skill takes determination!
This friendly competition is sure to get everyone in the household fired up and involved! Play teams of kids against parents for a silly challenge.
Kids and adults alike will bond over the thrill of victory when playing this ultimate outdoor game. Let your 2-4 years safely have fun trying to swing the racket.
5. Play Basketball with the Kids
Inspire in your young children, or teenagers, to want to get outside and play a ball game with this 44 inch Portable Basketball System that is a professional-quality basketball hoop from Toys “R” Us.
The rim is adjustable from 7.5′ to 10′, so it can grow along with your children!
The rust-resistant pole and weighted stand help keep it upright and intact for years.
Best of all, there’s no concrete construction required–just fill the stand with water or sand, and you’re ready to go!
6. Play on a Outdoor Playground Set
Treat your kids to their own treehouse, swing set and climbing rope with this Alpine Custom Wooden Play Set Kit from Target.
Made for children ages 3 and up, this play equipment includes 10 activities and is all-weather proof, so it will stand up to even the harshest environments.
The quick installation system will help you build it in no time, so your kids can begin the daily adventure of having a swing set and wooden fort!
7. Play in a Swimming Pool
This massive Intex 32 ft. x 16 ft. x 52 in. Rectangular Ultra Frame Pool Package from Kmart is so large, the entire family can splash around at once (and even swim laps!).
With a length of 32′ and a width of 16′, this pool is equivalent to having a full-sized swimming pool in your backyard without the added cost that comes with digging up your lawn!
Teach your children to swim or just cool off on hot days.
Construction and cleaning are a breeze, and the pool is ready to be filled with water in just 60 minutes.
No need to spend any more money on taking your kids to crowded, public pools. Get your very own personal pool to let the kids swim whilst you can watch them.
Go gather up the kiddos and get on your way. Endless fun adventures and good family memories can be created in your own yard.
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Forget trying to convince the kids to play outside; now you’ll hardly be able to keep them in!
For more ideas we also recommend seeing the Go4Life recommendations. Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH.
We hope you like backyard picnics, because your healthy family will be too busy exploring their fort and competing in a badminton match to sit still in your dining room.