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    Frisbee Games
    Frisbee Games The history of the Frisbee is perhaps more interesting than the game itself. It's a true American product that came into popularity out of poverty and ingenuity. In the late nineteenth century and well into the twentieth century, c...
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    Racing Games
    Racing Games Who doesn't remember the fun of a good race? The screaming sideliners, the rush of adrenaline …. There's nothing like a good, close race to get the blood pumping and the appetite up. Three-Legged Race High Score For a Three-Legged...
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    Top 10 Neighborhood Games for All Ages
    Remember when you were a child, and everyone in your neighborhood would gather for a rousing game of kickball or hide and seek? When the dog days of summer get boring, get outside and get everyone in the neighborhood involved with one of these fa...
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    Badminton
    Badminton It's in the Cards A birdie is the shuttlecock in Badminton: a lightweight, cone-shaped plastic object with a rounded, often rubber-tipped nose. I played Badminton for years before ever knowing a single rule. My mother bought us the rac...
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    Croquet
    Croquet Croquet is a great game to have set up and ready to go for a backyard barbecue. It's a slow game of patience and precision and a great way to spend time chatting with your friends as you work your ball through the course. Croquet may be ...
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    Kickball
    Kickball I have very fond memories of Kickball. Where I grew up we called it Soccer Baseball—not a bad title for the game because you use your feet to kick the ball and the rules are basically the same as Baseball. My friends and I discovered ...
  • Fun Driveway and Sidewalk Games for Kids
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    7 Fun Driveway and Sidewalk Games for Kids
    Looking for some classic outdoor games kids can play in the driveway or on the sidewalk, just like the good ol' days? From hopscotch to bubble-blowing contests, here's something for all ages. Best of all, you don't need a lot of equipment or a bi...
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    Family Games: Sardines
    Family Games: Sardines Sardines is a fun family party game that reverses the old classic, Hide and Seek. All the kids close their eyes and count while one person hides. When the counting is completed (usually to about 25 is fine for this game) a...
  • Snow Painting Activity for Kids
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    Snow Paintings
    Snow PaintingsMaterials Spray bottles Water Food coloringDirectionsUse snow as your canvas and paint a museum masterpiece! Fill spray bottles with water and drops of food coloring (the number of drops determine how bright the painting will be). S...
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    After-School Olympic Games
    After-School Olympic GamesThis is a party activity in which friends and family participate in Olympic-type events.Materials Each child brings a prize, wrapped up (used or new), which is then put in a big bag upon arrival. Big container of lemonad...
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    Fun Backyard Games for the Summer
    Looking for some great backyard party games for the summer? Here are our favorites! Get the full details on these games (and where to by them) from our slideshow! ...
  • Scavenger Hunt Party Activity for Kids
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    Family Scavenger Hunt
    Family Scavenger HuntDirections The idea of a scavenger hunt is to find all the items on a list and return them to a designated place as quickly as possible. There are many ways to organize a hunt and many choices to make. You can play as indivi...
  • Bike Picture Hunt Party Activity for Kids
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    Bike Photo Safari
    Bike Photo SafariMaterials Bikes and bike helmets Digital cameras (one per team) Directions This party is a picture hunt on bicycles. Each team of two or three kids gets a safari clues list and a digital camera. The team must use the clue list a...
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    Penny Pitching
    Penny PitchingMaterials Pennies, beads, or small rocks A wall Chalk Directions Start this game by drawing boundaries next to a wall and away from it, about four feet apart and six feet long. Draw another line at the top of the playing area. To st...
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    Penny Pitching
    Penny PitchingMaterials Pennies, beads, or small rocks A wall Chalk Directions Start this game by drawing boundaries next to a wall and away from it, about four feet apart and six feet long. Draw another line at the top of the playing area. To st...
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    Baby Names
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    Wall Ball
    Wall BallMaterials Tennis ball Wall Directions This is a game for one or two players. The idea is to throw and catch the ball according to a sequence of tasks. When you miss, you lose your turn and have to start all over the next time. Here are ...