Five of our favourite active games

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Duration:

5-15 minutes

You’ll need:

  • Chalk
  • Stones
  • Bouncy ball
  • Skipping rope

Focus

All you need is some simple items and a safe outdoor space like a garden, driveway or pavement. Some suggestions girls can play on their own others may need the rest of the household to join in. Being outside and getting heart rate increased is a great way to de-stress and feel good. 

1.

Hopscotch (one or more players) Needed: chalk and some stones 

Girls can either draw their own course with the chalk or have a parent help. Use imagination and draw the boxes to be jumped in in various colours and shapes. Use the chalk as the marker or find stones, beanbags, buttons or small plastic toys. Once your children have conquered hopping the course, see if they can double hop on each box or use varying feet for hopping on the way up and the way back the course. 

2.

Chalk Bullseye (one or more players) Needed: chalk 

Use various colours of chalk and draw concentric circles with a bullseye in the middle. Within each circle, write point values if girls want to brush up on their maths skills or simply use markers to see who can throw an item closest to the bullseye. For markers, use chalk, stones or on hot days, wet sponges or water balloons. 

3.

Four Square (four or more players) Needed: chalk and a bouncy ball 

Draw your own 4 Square court with chalk, mark a number from 1 to 4 in each square, and use a bouncy ball to play this fun game. Each player stands in each of the squares, and the player in square 4 starts by bouncing the ball in their square and then hitting it towards one of the other squares. The receiving player then hits the ball to any other player. The ball must bounce in the receiving player’s square once and they must hit it to another player before it bounces a second time. If the player misses a square or the ball bounces a second time before they hit it, they are “out”. If there are more than 4 players, the player who is out goes to the end of the line of waiting players. If there are only 4 players, the player who is out would move to the next lowest position, 4 being the highest square. 

4.

Chalk Maze (one or more players) Needed: various coloured chalk 

Girls design their own web of squiggly lines, circles, and other lines with chalk to design a maze through which others can walk, run, cycle, or scooter. The bigger, more colourful, and more intricate the maze, the more fun kids will have working their way through. 

5.

Corners (three or more players) Needed: chalk 

This game requires at least three players but can be played with many more. Draw a large square court with smaller squares drawn in each corner in different colours. Draw a circle in the middle of the court. One person is designated the “counter” and stands in the circle in the middle of the court. The counter closes their eyes and counts to ten. While their eyes are closed, the other players skip around the court and choose a corner to stand in (more than one person can stand in one of the corners). With their eyes still closed after counting to ten, the counter calls out one of the four corner colours. Whoever is standing in that colour is out. The game continues until all players are out. 

 

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