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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 Summer Games and Activities for Kids
    Looking for some fun summer day activities for your kids? Well look no further! Beach Obstacle Course All you need is a stick and a shovel to make a fun beach activity for your child. Read the instructions for the Beach Obstacle Course. Wat...
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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 ...
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    Winter Activities
    Chilly, snowy days are calling your kids outdoors. Find fun winter activities for the slopes, trails, ice rink, and backyard for children of all ages. Remember to brush up on winter sports safety. Have the hot cocoa ready when everyone comes back...
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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...
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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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    Top 10 Wintertime Neighborhood Games
    Just because it's cold and snowy, it doesn't mean you have to stay inside! Winter weather can be a great excuse to round up everyone in your neighborhood and get outside for some fresh air and exercise. So bundle up, and try these outdoor winter ...
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  • 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 ...